Certificate in Health and Social Care (Associate Practitioner, Perioperative Practice)

About the course

The Undergraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care (Associate Practitioner, Perioperative Practice) is aimed at people already working in perioperative practice who wish to contribute further to patient/client care.

It aims to recruit students with the relevant qualifications who have been encouraged by their line managers to apply for the programme.

Surgical practice assessment is facilitated by a work-placed mentor who is a suitably qualified/experienced practitioner able to supervise and support in perioperative practice.



The programme requires students to study modules taken from a nationally-approved curriculum, specifically adapted to the scrub role.


  • Study Skills
  • Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice (Theory)
  • Associate Practitioner: Operating Room (Practice)
  • Evidence-Based Practice in the Perioperative Arena (Theory)
  • Personal and Professional Development in Operating Department Practice (Theory) 

Entry requirements

Students need to be currently working in perioperative practice and have the agreement of their employer and the necessary provision of a work-placed mentor.

Literacy and numeracy at level 2 are a mandatory requirement, students will need to have five GCSEs or equivalent, e.g. NVQ at level 2.

Students should ensure their line manager has completed the employer’s support form and a practice mentor must be identified as part of the application process.

On receipt of the application form and employer's support form, applicants may be invited to an induction day which will take place during the selection period (dates to be advised). 

How to apply

To apply, fill in the downloadable application form and the employer support form and return them to

For informal discussions about the course, please contact Peter Heslop:

T: +44 (0)1482 464675



Students who successfully complete the programme may be eligible to apply for Band 4 posts.

It may also be possible to make an application and following successful interview step onto year 2 of the BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice. If successful candidates must undertake an additional, ‘Bridging’ practice module before continuing with the pathway. Prospective candidates wishing to follow this route must be reminded that immediate selection following interview is not guaranteed.


The cost of the course for the next intake is yet to be confirmed. Non-NHS applicants may be eligible for self-financing through a Student Loan from Student Finance England (conditions apply). Further details are available on application.


Students on the generic pathway: One year full-time. Students are required to attend all taught sessions. Students on the perioperative pathway of the Higher Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner (Health): Two years full-time. The first year is delivered in blocks of teaching time. The second year is delivered one day per week at university.