Perioperative Practice BSc, 2-4 years, part-time

Course information

Institute code L34

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Course enquiries:
Andrew Gulley, Deputy Head of Operating Department Practice Education

Operating Department Practice Education website

This is for you if you are looking to top up your Dip HE in Operating Department Practice, or if you wish to undertake stand-alone modules to enhance your professional development.

Course description

Course description

The BSc Perioperative Practice provides an opportunity for Continuing Professional Development and the enhancement of your academic and vocational skills.

The course is specifically designed to add value for ODPs who have not undertaken the BSc in Operating Department Practice. It utilises aspects from the BSc Operating Department Practice 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 Perioperative Practice or choose stand-alone modules.

The course is made up of a blend of University attendance, tutorial support, innovative learning technologies and engagement with self-directed learning. 

The course is intended to 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. 

You will have the chance to shape the course of your BSc by choosing the modules that interest you most and influencing the order in which you will study them. We're aware that you'll be balancing work and your studies, so you'll have the flexibility to pause your studies, should you need to, so long as you complete all the required modules within four years.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For any of the individual modules 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

Starting in 2021

  • £1,095 for 30 credit modules
  • £550 for 15 credit modules
  • £525 for Return to study programme

To get the full BSc, you'll need to complete two 30 credit modules and four 15 credit modules, making the total for the BSc approximately £4,200 (dependent on yearly price increases).

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

International Students

This course is not available to international students.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The potential career options for graduates, employability skills and experience gained through this course include advancement to NHS Band 6/7/8 posts, either as, but not limited to, clinical speciality-based roles, management, SCP, PA or education roles.

This course also provides robust evidence for the HCPC CPD and NHS trust requirements.

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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Course structure

Core modules (30 credits)

Core modules (30 credits)

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.

Option modules (15 credits)

Option modules (15 credits)

Choose 4 option modules from:

Optional 4-week, non-credit bearing Return to study programme

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 modules will be delivered through lectures, seminars and learning technologies. You will also be undertaking clinical practice to gain the experience and skills required. You will attend 5 or 6 study days per module 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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Course Perioperative Practice Qualification BSc Duration 2-4 years, part-time Availability