Perioperative Care (Top-up)

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Centre of Excellence Stafford
Study option:
Part-time, top-up
2 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

Flexible study options

Integrate your learning with your current career

Top-up your professional qualifications

This course will enable you to meet the continuing professional development needed to to-up to a degree level qualification

Develop and apply the academic characteristics

Explore reflexivity, critical analysis and research appreciation in the context of the operating department

Top up your existing perioperative care qualifications to a degree in this BSc (Hons) top up course with expert teaching and module choices from the experts at Staffordshire university.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Perioperative Care

Course content

Our BSc (Hons) Perioperative Care top-up is a short course designed to take you to the next level of your career journey within a professional environment. With us, you’ll get the option to study flexibly and choose modules that are best suited to your roles or fill skill gaps in your existing professional portfolio.

This course has core elements in research, leadership and enhancement of practice, which provide a sound academic foundation on which to build the remainder of the degree pathway. Optional modules are selected from the Staffordshire University lifelong learning portfolio to meet the personal and professional needs of the practitioner.

Entry requirements

You will be a health professional currently working in the operating department or associated areas.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.


Clinical Simulation Suite (Stoke and Stafford)

These state-of-the-art labs allow a number of clinical procedures to be simulated on mannequins, enabling students to reach a level of confidence and proficiency before carrying out procedures on real patients.

Library and IT Centre (BHL)

Integrated library and computer lab with PCs containing specialist software, seating areas, group and silent study rooms.


Students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Perioperative Care Top-up are typically professionally active upon enrolment. The top-up course will sharpen tools and provide knowledge to fill gaps in your professional skillset, which often leads to advancement in current career standings, or builds a wider knowledge and appreciation of the Perioperative Care environment. 

Teaching and assessment


Teaching and learning strategies differ for each individual module. Depending on the module you select you may be required to attend University to participate in taught sessions, or to engage in on-line learning activities as part of a distance learning module.

Most modules will require you to work with generic information and apply this directly to your role in the operating department. In doing so, you will develop the key academic skills of reflection, critical appraisal and analysis.


Assessment is aligned fully to the learning outcomes for each module.

Formative assessments may be included in modules to develop your knowledge base and prepare you for your module assessment. These assessments may take place on-line, in clinical practice areas, or in the classroom, where you take part in a discussion forum or presents and feedback group or self-directed work.

Summative assessments are the final module assessments which provide you with the final grade for your module. These take on a variety of forms, but all assessments require the presentation of information in a suitably scholarly format. You will be asked to write assignments of varying length or make formal presentations. Details of the methods of assessment for each module will be provided during the module launch session and tutorial support will be timetabled to allow you to discuss your work and progress with the module lead.

Learning support

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).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Part-time, top-up
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time To be confirmed

When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in six years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Centre of Excellence Stafford BSc (Hons) Part-time, top-up 26 September 2022 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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