Undergraduate Course

Anaesthetic Practice Certificate of Continuing Professional Development

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2 x 10-week terms

UK fee

£1,750 (2023/24)

Course level


Start dates

September, May



The highlights

With a focus on resilience and safety, this 20-week course encourages you, as an Anaesthetic Practitioner working in the UK perioperative environment, to build and reflect on your knowledge and experience in relation to anaesthetic practice to enable you to deliver high-quality care across a variety of specialities.

Service users come to theatres with many complex needs. Technology and skills continue to improve, continuously advancing what can be done in terms of both anaesthetic and surgical intervention. The higher degree of complexity though, the higher the level of planning and safety measures are required. Anaesthetic Practitioners will become involved in cases of increasing complexity and must, therefore, ensure that a safe environment is maintained and that they themselves remain resilient and compassionate when providing safe patient care.

Course content

operating theatre with anaesthetist in scrubs
Operating theatre with monitoring machinery
operating theatre with anaesthetic mask

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This course is completed over two 10-week trimesters and is delivered through online learning alongside your supervised clinical practice undertaken within the workplace. The combination of online academic study (theory/ knowledge) and work-based learning will enable you to develop appropriate skills and competencies relevant to the role of the anaesthetic practitioner.

There will be 1/2 virtual classrooms over the 10 week trimester and if you are unable to attend you will be able to download the session to view in your own time.

Pace of study

This part-time course (40 credits) will run over two 10-week trimesters. For each trimester, you'll complete 20 credits by working through the study materials, combined with self-directed study, equating to one unit per week. We recommend approximately 20 hours of study per week should be spent on each unit.

Assessment method

Your competence to perform the role of an Anaesthetic Practitioner will be assessed through:

Student support and guidance

Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Ann Bates

Entry requirements

To apply, you will need to meet the following criteria:

Your manager will need to confirm that:

Please note: Confirmation of named Supervisor and additional assigned assessors (including their support) will be required at the start of module study, by the module leader.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, an IELTS of 7.0 (or equivalent) in all areas is required.

Find out more about our English language requirements

Fees and funding

2023/24 for new entrants

Starting between September 2023 and August 2024.

UK 1 x 40 credits £1,750

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course based on the fee in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

If you are required to undertake any associate study or additional study as a condition of your offer for the programme, please be aware that the cost for this will be in addition to the programme cost stated above.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from two payment plan options:

*Please note: the discount for paying your fees up front will only be available to students enrolling for eligible online studies between August 2023 and July 2024 and will not be available for the September 2024 intake onwards.

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you are considering applying for a student loan, please also see our additional guidance on Loans for Online Students.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

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