Course Comparison

Course PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Certificate Advanced Counselling Studies
Award Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Certificate
Duration 2 years 1 year
Course type Full-time Full-time, Part-time route available
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Cornwall College
Provider School of Nursing and Midwifery Cornwall College
Entry requirements

To apply for this programme, you'll need:

  • evidence of employment as a Surgical Care Practitioner Trainee within a UK Healthcare organisation
  • a named consultant surgeon who will be your clinical supervisor
  • a current and live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • evidence of level 6 education or equivalent
  • three years post qualifying experience within a theatres/surgical speciality
  • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously CRB)
  • a satisfactory occupational health clearance.


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 must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice i.e. IELTS minimum of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each part.


Unfortunately we are unable to take international students on this programme as you must be in an employed position as a trainee surgical care practitioner.


Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.