The course includes one day classroom based and independent study per week, with the remainder of the time spent in supervised practice-based learning in the workplace. The course is delivered using a variety of methods including face-to-face teaching and distance learning. During their studies, apprentices will learn from a number of experts in perioperative care including academic staff from the University, guest speakers, service users and carers. Two modules each year will may be with students studying the Foundation Degree through a differing apprenticeship pathway; this provides students with opportunities to learn generic skills with others from different healthcare settings. The rest of the modules are specific to the Operating Theatre setting, developing specific knowledge and skills commensurate with the role of Band 4 Assistant Practitioner (Health) in Perioperative Care.
All modules will have a variety of assessments; these are tasks set to produce a variety of work appropriate to the module topic, which are graded and contribute to progression through the degree. The assessments include written assignments and reflective accounts, oral presentations, development of clinical competencies, and a portfolio of evidence. The employer is expected to assign a workplace mentor who will facilitate the development of clinical competencies and portfolio of evidence and meet with the apprentice and assessor to discuss progress.
In addition to the on-programme assessments all apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.
End-point-assessments are graded, and an apprenticeship certificate is only awarded after end-point assessment is successfully completed.
In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.
Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.