Everything you need to know...
- Qualify for practice on a College of Operating Department Practitioners-accredited course.
- Be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) under the protected title of Operating Department Practitioner.
- Learn in practice based environments including operating theatres, maternity units, critical care and A&Es.
- Get hands-on practice in our simulated operating theatre, ward, skills rooms and anatomy labs.
ODPs are the only undergraduate Allied Health Profession in the UK trained to work in operating theatres. On this course, you’ll learn to work effectively as an autonomous practitioner. You’ll also work alongside anaesthetists, surgeons and others to prepare and assist during surgical and anaesthetic procedures — transforming the experiences of care for patients.
How you learn
On this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to enter into highly skilled employment. At every level of the course you will gain a variety of clinical experiences to give you real world experience. This will enhance your employability and prepare you for your career as an ODP in the dynamic health and social care environment.
The course is grounded in research. By learning alongside other professions and students you will develop knowledge, confidence and a strong professional identity.
You learn through
- theoretical lectures, tutorials and seminars
- clinical practice based learning
- technology enhanced learning
- practical sessions
- virtual and distance learning
- independent learning
Course leaders and tutors
Practice-based learning on placement is central to your development and you spend 50% of each year on placement within a perioperative or critical care environment. We currently provide placements in both NHS and private Trusts across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bassetlaw, Barnsley, Derby, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Leeds, Lincoln and Nottingham. You will undertake a range of exciting placements in stimulating environments, helping you build your clinical portfolio of skills your confidence, resilience and professional integrity. These are essential to healthcare provision.
During your placements, you will always be supported by practice educators to help you develop your skills and competence. Your academic study supports your learning on placement and your placement experience allows you to consider the application of evidence to practice.
Some of our students have been involved in volunteer work abroad.
The ODP teaching team are part of a project which has just been given a grant of nearly £50,000 by the Office for Students (OfS). The funding will go towards improving work experience opportunities and pre-admission resources for all prospective students across three disciplines — diagnostic radiography, therapeutic radiography and operating department practice.
As part of the course you will get hands on experience in our laboratories dissecting specimens including a heart and a kidney. These early practical session allows you to practice safety with sharp equipment reflective of that used in the clinical environment as well as understanding the importance of health and safety.
As an ODP at SHU you attend our National ODP Conference for free. The conference is currently the only national conference for ODPs and is developed by the course team. It provides places for qualified practitioners, prospective employers, medical companies and practice partners gather to debate contemporary themes in perioperative care.
Practice partners such as Anaesthesia Assocaites (Formerly PAA) deliver specialists lectures.
You will have the opportunity to join the ODP student Society.
There are currently two prizes available for students to be awarded at graduation. One prize is for the overall highest academic mark, the other for outstanding clinical practice, both our prizes are sponsored by local partners including Swann Morton who also provide specialist teaching sessions and a free visit around their factory which is international renowned for making surgical blades and equipment.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.
This course prepares you for a career in
- operating theatres
- recovery units
- critical care
- resuscitation and A&E
- further studies leading to roles such as Surgical First Assistant (SFA), Anaesthesia Associate, Surgical Care Practitioner
- leadership and management
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- The National Health Service
- private healthcare companies such as BMI Healthcare Limited & Claremont Hospital
- global medical technology companies such as GE Healthcare
- universities such as Sheffield Hallam University
- The Army, Navy and RAF
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
- simulation operating theatre and other clinical environments
- clinical skills rooms
- dissection laboratories
- anatomy laboratories
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.
Total points must include 96 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma needs 45 credits at level three from a health studies, health science, nursing or another science based QAA-recognised Access to HE course.AS levels are not accepted. EPQ is not accepted. General Studies A-level is not accepted.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
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.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp Applied Science||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp Foundations In Clinical Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp Foundations In Peri-Operative Practice||Credits: 40||
|Module: Personal And Professional Development||Credits: 20||
|Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity||Credits: 40||
|Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp Developing Clinical Practice||Credits: 20||
|Module: Odp Developing Peri Operative Practice||Credits: 40||
|Module: Odp Complex Peri Operative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Odp Preparation For Professional Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Professional Leadership||Credits: 20|
|Module: The Advancing Professional||Credits: 40|
|Module: Working With Complexity In Practice||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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)
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