Decontamination Sciences (top-up) BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate Degree (2 years)


January & September

Intermediate awards: FdSc

Top-up your existing qualification in decontamination sciences to a full BSc (Hons). If you’re working in this field, our course will help you progress to managerial roles. Study by distance learning with full support from our experienced tutors, while continuing to work.

Application Deadline:
Fri, Jul 1st, 2016


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As well as honing your management skills, our course will give you plenty of chances to explore best practice in decontamination environments, so that you in turn can evaluate and influence practice where you work.

Full Description

You'll already have a relevant qualification, such as a foundation degree (FdSc), and be interested in progressing to managerial roles and leading multidisciplinary teams. Topping up to a full honours degree can help you make that career move.

Our specialist distance learning tutors are on hand to guide you through the course, making sure that you're learning things that are relevant to your career. You can study online from a place that suits you and make use of our facilities, including an extensive digital library.

Our course has been designed and developed in partnership with the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc), the medical industry and clinical experts.

Course Details

Core modules

Research Methodology, Design and Process

With the increased emphasis on research-based practice over the last decade, it's essential that established practitioners who wish to take further educational programmes are conversant with research methodology and the application of theory to practice in their field.

Quality Management Systems

This module will educate senior staff, unit managers and decontamination leads employed within the decontamination services focusing on the areas of quality management, regulatory and technical aspects and risk management processes with the Decontamination Unit. You’ll be expected to commit to completion and submission of all work-based learning criteria prior to completion of the online module. You'll take a series of formative etivities to help develop your knowledge regarding decontamination procedures and a summative assessment of a written assignment.

Strategic Management in Health and Social Care

Organising and delivering world class health and social care requires a set of strategic management skills which are predicated on sound management theories, techniques and competencies. Using this as the underpinning concept, this module will assist you in advancing your contribution by increasing your understanding of the process of strategy formulation and alongside this, the process of strategic implementation.

Undergraduate Major Project

The individual Major Project module will allow you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research and/or product development work, focussed on a topic relevant to your specific discipline.

Optional modules

In order to successfully complete the course you must also successfully complete one of the following compulsory modules:

Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Flexible Endoscopes

This module is designed to educate all levels of staff employed within the decontamination services from technicians to decontamination leads. It is specifically for health care professionals who prefer a practice based approach to life-long learning in order to explore and apply the principles of medical device decontamination. This module will cover individual preparation for the environment, the decontamination process for the reusable invasive flexible endoscopes, to include packing storage and traceability.

Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Dental Instrumentation

This module is designed to educate all levels of staff employed within the decontamination services from technicians to decontamination leads. This online module aims to educate and inform evidence based practice that encompasses specific decontamination roles surrounding reusable invasive dental instrumentation. The module will cover individual preparation for the environment, the decontamination process for reusable invasive dental instrumentation, to include packing, storage and traceability in line with Health Technical Memorandum 01-05. In addition, it will explore both local and national policies and regulations regarding essential quality requirements, Health and Safety, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) in the workplace.


We'll assess you in a number of ways, including presentations and written assignments.


Research Interests

Current research interest surround the importance of standardised education and training for flexible endoscope decontamination, and to ascertain if this will empower staff, improve staff retention and job satisfaction, and ultimately improve infection prevention and control for patients.

The aims of this study would be too research attitudes and experiences of decontamination technicians surrounding education and training, and identify any perceived barriers for technicians and staff employed within the endoscope decontamination departments.

Meet your Tutors

Angela Cobbold, Course Leader

Angela CobboldAngela qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in 1993, whilst serving in the armed forces. Her specialist areas include anaesthetics, surgery, laparoscopic surgery, surgical endoscopy, post anaesthetic care unit and with additional qualifications in the Advanced Scrub role.

Her current role at Anglia Ruskin University includes teaching on a variety of modules, primarily pre-registration Operating Department Practitioners (ODP), Associate Practitioners and Post Registration perioperative CPD modules.

One additional role surrounds the development and design of new modules for decontamination of medical devices technicians and undertaking the Pathway Leadership for the new and innovative MSc Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics Surgery.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education in 2009, Angela's career involved undertaking the role of Associate lecturer in Allied Health, University Campus Suffolk; Team Leader Surgery and Anaesthetics / Operating Department Practitioner, and Clinical Practice Educator Nuffield Health Ipswich, Heath Road Hospital, Royal Hospital Haslar, Portsmouth, with additional postings whilst serving in the forces, such as Gibraltar, Catterick, Aldershot, Woolwich and Germany.

In 2010, Angela was awarded the Ethicon Nurse and Practitioner Educational Trust Fund award for further professional development and enhancing the standard of expertise.


Associated careers

This course will allow decontamination technicians and staff will be trained to UK/NI, and European local and national standards which will ensure best practice and high standards are maintained to ensure an efficient and effective decontamination of flexible endoscope service.

Links with industry/Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) the professional body for this group of technicians, and is suitable for anyone involved in achieving best practice nationally or internationally.

Work placements
This is a work-based distance learning course.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice. 

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements
  • You must have achieved 240 Higher Education credits (120 at level 4 and 120 at level 5) through an academic qualification e.g. Dip HE, Foundation Degree or university accredited stand-alone modules. In all case, applicants must work within decontamination services or a related area. If your first language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language at a level of IELTS 6.0, or equivalent.
  • You must also give evidence of personal and educational experience so that you may meet the academic and, where appropriate, practice demands of the programme.
  • As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
Fees & Funding

Funding your studies

Student loans are now available to cover the cost of studying this course. Subject to eligibility, terms and conditions. Also, ask us about payment by instalments.

For employers considering this course for a group of employees, please call our Degrees at Work team on 01245 686 707 or email to discuss your specific requirements.

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