Everything you need to know...
- Qualify to work as an operating department practitioner and register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
- Gain experience through clinical placements in hospital operating theatre departments.
- Successful completion of the course give students eligibility to apply for HCPC registration
- Develop collaborative working skills by studying alongside students from other health and social care professions.
Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are the only undergraduate professionals in the UK trained to work in operating theatres. You work alongside anaesthetists, preparing and assisting during surgical procedures and medical interventions, and providing recovery care for patients following treatments. This course qualifies you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and work as an ODP.
How you learn
You're placed at the centre of the learning process and expected to take increasing responsibility for your learning. Along with practical operating department work placements you engage with face-to-face classroom sessions, self-directed or tutor-directed sessions, and simulated practical working environments with your fellow students. ODPs are an integral part of the perioperative team and you study partly alongside students from other health disciplines, such as nurses, diagnostic radiographers and physiotherapists.
You will study at Collegiate Campus whilst undertaking academic modules and in a variety of service provider locations on placement.
You learn through
- clinical work placements
- self-directed study
- specialised practical workshops
- practical and theoretical seminars
Course leaders and tutors
I currently hold the role of Business Development Lead for the ODP team and I am the Lead for Simulation for the Department of Allied Health Professions (AHP)
You work in NHS and private healthcare theatre departments throughout your ODP training. This valuable clinical work schedule gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career as an ODP.
Clinical work placements immerse you in the working environment of an operating theatre, encouraging you to see service users as an important part of your educational learning and to work collaboratively with your mentor and other professionals within the workplace.
Your ability to practice during placement learning is assessed by designated placement mentors. Your progress is assessed against specific criteria presented as an assessment booklet.
This course prepares you for a career in
- A & E departments
- critical care and intensive care departments
- transplant teams
- patient transfer
- sterile supply departments
- management roles within the NHS/private healthcare
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as an operating department practitioner in the UK.
This course is endorsed/approved by the College of Operating Department Practitioners.
Student success story
Operating Department Practitioners are a vital part of the surgical team. Here, our students explain what it’s like to work in an operating theatre. Learn more about Jack’s story.
Where will I study?
You study at Collegiate Campus
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work
- with a fully equipped operating theatre
- on wards
- in clinical areas
Learn more about your department
Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that enrich student learning in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
With at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels or General Studies.
- BBC at A Level
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma
- A combination of qualifications
- Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science- based course. Normally we require 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 credits should be graded at merit level.
- FdSc Professional Practice in Health & Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS, to commence this programme at Year 1.
- Successful completion of our Foundation Year in Health, Sport & Social Care.
Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually.
GCSE's (single or double) in
- Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***
- OCR Science level 2
- Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
- Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
- Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
- Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
- Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
- Level 2 Literacy
- Level 2 Key Skills
*GCSE Science equivalents
**GCSE Math's equivalents
***GCSE English equivalents
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration
Helping your application succeed
Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of an Operating Department Practitioner. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.
There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the Operating Department Practitioner profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying an operating department practice course.
You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.
You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.
The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.
View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:
- Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
- Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
- Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
- Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
- You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
- If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
- Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
Occupational Health Screening
You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health and social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.
Other professional suitability information
Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.
We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.
You can contact our disability coordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).
The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.
Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Anaesthetic Practice 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Applied Science 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Clinical Education 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Surgical Practice 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp Fundamentals||Credits: 20||
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Anaesthetic Practice 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Applied Science 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Clinical Education 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Research For Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp - Surgical Practice 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Odp - Enhanced Perioperative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Odp - Leadership And Education||Credits: 20|
|Module: Odp - Peri-Operative Practice||Credits: 40|
|Module: Odp - Writing For Publication||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Operating department practice courses (PDF)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
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