Taught course

Anaesthesia and Peri-Operative Sciences

Lancaster University · School of Health and Medicine

Entry requirements

Entrants onto the course are either registered healthcare professionals (examples are nurses or operating department practitioners) with at least three years clinical experience and/or degree level studies, or graduates with a biomedical science or biological science 2:1 honours degree or better.

Those applying on the basis of clinical experience, or who graduated from their degree programme more than seven years ago, will need to demonstrate in their CV that they have been engaging with continuing professional development (CPD), for example, through revalidation.
Applicants are required to be appointed by an NHS Trust to a Student Anaesthesia Associate post, prior to applying to this programme.
The programme is designed for the training of Anaesthesia Associates and only those already recruited by an NHS Trust for this purpose are eligible to apply.
If you have not ben appointed to a Student Anaesthesia Associate post, please contact your local NHS Trust for details on employment opportunities.
Contact: AaPOS Team at lmspgprogrammes@lancaster.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthesia and Peri-Operative Sciences (PGDip AaPOS) is a part-time programme designed to train Student Anaesthesia Associates to become qualified Anaesthesia Associates. The programme comprises five modules aligned with the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ (RCoA) Anaesthesia Associates curriculum. These are assessed using a combination of continuous assessment, and written assessments that are aligned with the General Medical Council (GMC) Anaesthesia Associate Registration Asessment (AARA), and presentations.

A cross-cutting clinical skills and simulation theme relates the modules to practice in addition to providing robust preparation for the AARA.
The five modules are:
  • Fundamentals of anaesthesia and peri-operative practice.
  • Physiology under stress.
  • Applied pharmacology and safety.
  • Safety, governance and population health.
  • Workplace-based assessment
The qualification is required for employment as an Anaesthesia Associate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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