CPD Perioperative Practice, 15 weeks

Course information

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This suite of CPD short courses is for you if you are looking to top up your DipHE in Operating Department Practice, or if you wish to undertake stand-alone modules to enhance your professional development.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

These modules provide an opportunity for Continuing Professional Development and the enhancement of your academic and vocational skills.

They are specifically designed to add value for ODPs who have not undertaken the BSc in Operating Department Practice, utilising aspects from the BSc ODP national curriculum published by the College of Operating Department Practitioners. Your learning and assessment will be in line with the enhanced aspects of the pre-registration curriculum, providing you with post-registration educational opportunities. 

There are two routes of registration: you can choose to complete the whole BSc in Perioperative Practice or choose stand-alone modules from the lists below.

Each module is made up of a blend of University attendance, tutorial support, innovative learning technologies and engagement with self-directed learning. These modules provide CPD opportunities to support a variety of career decisions that healthcare professionals might make, by providing degree level study to match that achieved by other professional colleagues. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For any of the short courses or the full BSc, the entry requirements are the same. You must:

  1. Be registered with either the HCPC or the NMC.
  2. Be currently employed in a relevant area. We will provide you with a Learning Agreement for your employer to sign, confirming that they can provide the support necessary for you to attend the course and achieve the learning outcomes.
  3. Provide evidence of completed studies at diploma (DipHE) or advanced diploma, or Level 5 (FHEQ) studied within the past 5 years. (This can be a full qualification or modular achievement.)

If you cannot meet criterion 3, the University may accept satisfactory evidence of previous serious study and of the academic aptitude to pursue the course. This may include the requirement to take a Return to Study programme at the University.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent in all categories. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

  • Each 30-credit module/course costs £1,050.
  • Each 15-credit module/course costs £525.

A Return to Study programme (if required - see Entry Requirements) costs £500.

Funding sources

There are several ways you can fund your studies:

  • By accessing Learning Beyond Registration funds at local NHS trusts
  • Accessing any available funding for CPD support at local NHS trusts
  • Self-funding
  • You may be eligible for funding from Student Finance England.

International Students

These courses are not available to international students.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The potential career options for graduates, employability skills and experience gained through these courses include advancement to NHS Band 6/7/8 posts such as clinical speciality-based roles, management, SCP, PA or education roles.

These courses also provide robust evidence for the HCPC CPD and NHS Trust requirements.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

30-credit modules/courses

30-credit modules/courses

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

15-credit modules/courses

15-credit modules/courses

All courses run for 15 weeks

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

Most of the short courses are delivered through lectures, seminars and learning technologies. You will also undertake clinical practice to gain the experience and skills required.

On each course you will attend 5 or 6 study days at the University, and spend twice that amount of time on background reading and private study whilst still working as a registered practitioner. 

Lecture styles vary considerably depending on the topic – and the lecturer. Some lectures may include practical demonstrations. A tutorial is a small group of students meeting with a member of staff for an hour to discuss a particular topic, which you might be required to research beforehand. 

We also provide a 'Tutorial on Request' scheme, in which our teaching staff make extra time available for tutorials on subjects chosen by you and your fellow students. These can be on topics covered by the course which you would like to discuss in more detail or other areas which reflect the School's academic expertise. Tutorials can be arranged in advance or just run as a drop-in session,  and can be for individuals or groups - it's up to you. 

Assessment is based on a mixture of coursework, ePortfolios for clinical and professional practice, simulation, discussion forums and a drug calculation exam. There is a blend of formative and summative assessments.

In addition, you will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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