Intra & Perioperative Practice (BSc)

The School of Healthcare Sciences is the leading provider of education and research for Allied Health Professionals in Wales and one of the leading Schools in the United Kingdom.

The School of Healthcare Sciences is the leading provider of education and research for Allied Health Professionals in Wales and one of the leading Schools in the United Kingdom. The 2012 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes ('Subjects Allied to Medicine') on the basis of student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects.

Our students also rate their experience highly: overall student satisfaction with teaching was 90% in 2011, one of the highest scores in the University. The School also provides pre-registration programmes recognised by the UK Health & Care Professions Council, in Operating Department Practice, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Radiotherapy & Oncology, Nursing and Midwifery. These professional strengths contribute to vibrant inter-disciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education that are not available at many institutions.

A wide range of post registration and postgraduate programmes are also offered, supported by a rapidly developing research profile. Substantial investment is taking place to ensure that the facilities and staff - the environment within which you will be studying – are at the forefront of the expansion of knowledge and expertise in healthcare.

International applicants

We regret that this course is unable to accept applications for the 2016/17 intake (including deferred applications to 2017/18) from international fee-status applicants due to the association with the National Health Service (NHS) and the restrictions on funding and clinical placements.

Key facts

UCAS CodeDirect entry
Scholarships and
Typical A-level offerPlease contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for further information.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above).
Typical International Baccalaureate offerInternational Baccalaureate: 24 points and at least one subject must be offered at Higher Level Grade 5. In addition, English, Science and Maths must be offered at Subsidiary or GCSE Level.
Other qualificationsA-level: CCC General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not acceptable at GCE AS or A-level.
Academic school

UK and EU Students

The Programme is offered in full-time 1 year and part-time 2 year option leading to the achievement of the BSc (Hons) award. The modular structure of the Programme allows students to complete the compulsory modules whilst also selecting the most appropriate optional perioperative modules from a suite of modules within the Programme provision.

International Students

The programme spans two academic years and comprises of a total of 15 months of study, equating to 150 credits at level 6. This extension to the one year programme was introduced to allow international students the opportunity to undertake a study skills module and an additional option module.

This modular programme, which provides study at level 6, aims to provide development opportunities for registered practitioners to enable them to:

  • develop a critical approach to intra and perioperative practice using established techniques of analysis and enquiry;
  • apply advanced skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of complex clinical contexts and healthcare environments;
  • explore and critically evaluate current evidence and research and participate at the forefront of the professions in developing intra and perioperative practice;
  • plan, implement and reflect upon the provision of intra and perioperative care, which is delivered by self and others and which is based on the needs of the patient; and
  • undertake research into a specific area of practice.

The Full time programme

This programme extends into two academic years which equates to 150 credits at level 6 and commences in May rather than September of each year.

The programme consists of 4 core modules and three option modules. However, if you choose the Anaesthesia pathway leading to BSc Intra and Perioperative Practice (Anaesthesia) you will be required to undertake 6 core modules (those listed below and HC3077 and HC3079) plus one option module.

The School of Healthcare Studies has an international reputation for its education provision, rating strongly in formal audits of its programmes, as well as by the students themselves.

The 2012 Times Good University Guide ranked the University as joint 4th in the UK for the quality of its healthcare programmes ('Subjects Allied to Medicine') on the basis of student satisfaction, entry standards and graduate prospects.

All our programmes of study have been designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a professional healthcare career. Great emphasis has been placed on the practical and clinical aspects of the programmes, all of which have been accredited by the relevant professional bodies.

A diverse range of learning and teaching methods are used throughout the Schools Programmes, reflecting the module content students' developing knowledge and expertise. All modules have a formalised teaching and learning structure which will employ, for example, formal lectures, seminars, workshops, skills laboratories and case scenarios, as and when appropriate.

As in the professional environment, a greater emphasis is being placed in working in a multi-disciplinary team, and opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education – training alongside students from other disciplines – are increasingly embedded.

Information technology

The School of Healthcare Studies has a wide range of information systems and facilities available to students, designed to support your learning and development. Our virtual learning environment is accessible on a variety of desktop and mobile devices, and ensures students have access to a variety of electronic resources from anywhere in the world. In addition, onsite dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a brand-new Healthcare library are available year-round for students' use. Staff are also available onsite to assist students in getting configured and to provide support and advice.


The School of Healthcare Studies has recently implemented an unprecedented level of investment in new facilities and equipment, ensuring some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal throughout your career as a student. This includes the development of a mock theatre environment with human factors observation deck facilities and the latest in leardel SIM technology.

We are committed to supporting the School's recent graduates in finding meaningful employment. Bespoke online and text message-based early warning systems have been established to highlight job postings, relevant courses that would strengthen CVs, advice on job applications and plenty of other useful information to help in the preparation of job applications, such as writing a personal statement and practice interview questions.

On qualifying, most ODPs are primarily based in the operating department but there may also be opportunities in accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity departments and as members of the cardiac arrest team.

Our graduates have the third highest job prospects of the 72 institutions in 'Subjects Allied to Medicine' in the Times Good University Guide 2012, and within 12 months 100% of our 2011 graduates had found graduate employment or gone on to further study. Employers included: NHS Trusts, private clinics, community health services, local government social service departments plus organisations such as Age Concern and the Cardiff Blues rugby team. Career destinations included: occupational therapist, physiotherapist, diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer and operating department practitioner.


  • Operating department practitioner