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What will I learn?

Key features

  • Develop professional experience and specialist knowledge, through our blend of academic and practical teaching, delivered by a team involved in the education and practice development of the Surgical Care Practitioner role at national level for over 15 years.
  • Benefit from eight weeks of taught theory and 28 weeks of direct clinical practice (per year).
  • Expand your practical skills to undertake complex surgical procedures, manage patients intra-operatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.
  • Benefit from a combination of academic, theoretical and practical teaching, giving you the necessary clinical skills to meet national industry standards. We have strong links with existing practitioners, and visiting lecturers include current practising qualified Surgical Care Practitioners and Consultant Surgeons.
  • Consider innovative approaches to care delivery and enhance the surgical patient experience.
  • Cultivate a precise and meticulous work ethic, delivering an effective, safe and efficient service to patients.
  • Work both autonomously and as part of a multi-profession team.
  • Secure the experience you need to excel in unpredictable and highly pressurised clinical environments.
  • Use your initiative to solve complex problems and deliver high quality patient care. Past students have enabled new service provision, such as satellite clinics for pre and/or postoperative assessment, and student initiated audits have generated new processes and cost savings for employing organisations.
  • Royal College of Surgeons accredited programme.

When you enrol on this programme, you always enrol to study the postgraduate diploma but we offer two exit awards: PgCert and PgDip.

Develop the necessary skills to become a surgical care practitioner with our nationally recognised and industry accredited programme. As part of a surgical team, you'll acquire the necessary skills to assist with complex surgical procedures and provide high quality patient care.

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
This course is not open to international students.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2023

Venue

Plymouth University

Drake Circus,

Plymouth,

PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a good (3.0 / 4.0 min GPA) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university. Postgraduate programmes: ILETS 6.5 overall with Minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

For international students

You will normally have a relevant honours degree (e.g. BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above); a European first cycle equivalent; or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If English is not your first language, you will also need to provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice i.e. IELTS of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each part.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Plymouth

Two-thirds of the research conducted by the University of Plymouth is ranked as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • A short drive to Dartmoor National Park
  • The university has 139,000 alumni across 135 countries
  • 3-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
  • 25th for teaching quality (National Student Survey 2020)

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