Anaesthesia Associate

University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Diploma Online
27 months
6167 GBP/year
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This programme, Anaesthesia Associate offered by University of Birmingham, is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team. The Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. 


This programme Anaesthesia Associate at University of Birmingham, will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics.

The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.

The programme is studied over 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice.


This programme is part of a structred training programme for the role of Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) or PA(A).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to clinical practice 
  • Introduction to anaesthesia
  • Physics in anaesthesia
  • The anaesthesia machine and monitoring
  • The heart and circulation
  • The airways and lungs

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 27 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
First Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The programme is open to applicants from two different routes: 

1. Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require one or both of the following:

  • A first degree in a health-related subject

2. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require:

  • A biomedical science or biological science background
  • Preferably a second-class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity
  • A demonstrable commitment to a career in health care

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    6167 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6167 GBP per year and a duration of 27 months.


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Anaesthesia Associate
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