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Award in Access to Operating Theatres (SCQF Level 8)

Qualification Title Award in Access to Operating Theatres
SQA-Accreditation Qualification Number R556 04
SCQF Level 8
QCF / RQF / EQF Level * 5
Credits 3

* Equivalent level. See Qualifications Can Cross Boundaries for a comparison of the UK and European Qualifications Frameworks.

This qualification is accredited by SQA-Accreditation (the qualifications regulator) and credit-rated for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). See the SQA-Accreditation website and the SCQF website for the confirmation of qualification accreditation and credit-rating.

The SCQF is a partnership between the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), College Development Network, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Universities Scotland.

Programme Specification

The qualification consists of the following unit:

Unit Title SQA- Accreditation Code SCQF Credit SCQF Level RQF1 Level EQF2 Level
Access to Operating Theatres UL62 04 3 8 5 5

This qualification is for learners who wish to join the new credentialing register for Life Sciences sector staff and need to meet the criteria of all three tiers of the standards of proficiency.

Upon completion of the qualification, learners should know and understand:

  1. their speciality area/product, its use/application, and where appropriate can impart knowledge of this use/application, and
  2. infection control risks and processes appropriate to their role

Learners may have contact with patients or relatives in areas where invasive procedures are taking place. Learners must know and understand the risks and processes relevant to their role, including information governance and patient safety. They must also know and understand risks, roles and responsibilities, etiquette, protocols and processes for high risk settings, e.g. theatre, cardiac labs, critical care and paediatric wards.

This course is recognised by Cogent Skills (the employer-led skills body for the UK Science sector) as being successfully mapped to the ‘National Occupational Standards’ and can be delivered and assessed in partnership with HC Skills International.

The programme has also been recognised or endorsed by:

  • Training Qualifications UK (TQUK), an Ofqual-recognised awarding organisation
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG)
  • Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP)
  • British Anaesthetic and Respiratory Equipment Manufacturers Association (BAREMA)
  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)

Sample Certificate


SCQF L8 A-AOT Certificate Sample_Page_1

Note: Learners who do not expect to access areas of critical care should consider the Award in Access to Hospitals.