Composition of the course
The length of the programme is three years full-time, and has an approximately equal mix of academic and practice elements. A typical week at University will be spent in lectures, seminars, and practical sessions in our Simulation Suite which houses an operating theatre. During university attendance weeks, at least one day per week is allocated to self-directed study/independent learning which you are free to do at a location most suited to your needs.
During practice placements, all students adhere to a 37.5 hour working week as per NHS working patterns. How these hours are made up in the working week varies between practice placements but in the second and third years of the programme you will be required to work some weekend or night shifts.
You will spend a number of weeks on placement each year where you will be working and learning in an operating theatre environment. You could undertake your placements anywhere across Kent, Medway, East Sussex or the borders of London (placements are confirmed to you during the course, and we cannot guarantee you will get your first choice).
It is essential that you have good access to travel, either by having your own transport or being near to regular, reliable public transport. This is due to the nature and location of some the hospital sites where you may be placed.
Our dedicated lecturers have a wealth of experience across all areas of clinical practice, with many having extensive experience in clinical practice. Their experience and knowledge means you will be prepared to join the profession with confidence. The programme is supported by lecturers from other professional areas within the university providing an interprofessional context to your learning. In addition, we draw upon the expertise of visiting professors and practice-based colleagues’ specialist expertise.
A member of staff has been awarded the Fellowship of the Association of Operating Department Practitioners for services to the profession.
Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.
You are required to pass all modules in each year to enable you to progress to the following year of study. All modules must be passed at a minimum of 40% within the academic component of the module. Clinical practice is graded on a pass or fail basis and must also be passed before you can progress to the following year.
During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements mostly within Kent, Medway and also East Sussex and London, so you can also gain experience from some specialist settings.