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BSc (Honours) Operating Department Practice

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Operating Department Practice

Course in clearing
Full-time Operating department practice

Learn to work in operating theatre departments and critical care environments — providing important care for patients undergoing surgical and anaesthetic interventions. 


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2022. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 from 6.30am on Thursday 18 August.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £16,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? B990
When do I start? September 2022

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Course summary

  • 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

Watch course leader Victoria Cadman talk about the BSc Operating Department Practice course

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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
  • simulation
  • technology enhanced learning
  • practical sessions
  • virtual and distance learning
  • independent learning

Course leaders and tutors

Victoria Cadman
Victoria Cadman
Senior Lecturer in Operating Department Practice

I am an Operating Department Practice lecturer in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. I am also a review panel member for the Journal of Perioperativ … Read more

Applied learning

Theory will prepare you for practice learning experiences are designed to help you not only to apply theory to practice, but to develop critical and ethical approaches to your practice in order to become life-long, competent professionals. You are required to attend the practice learning experiences provided on the course to achieve the course practice learning outcomes.

You’ll undertake a range of practice learning experiences, helping you to build your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity and curiosity. This will take place in different practice learning environments, reflecting the range of ways in which services are currently delivered. This might include simulated learning and virtual placements alongside real world experience of services delivered face to face to service users. 

The university will ensure that the practice learning element of your course will be compliant with the requirements of the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) governing your chosen profession. This is so that by the end of your course, you will have been provided with the opportunity to demonstrate attainment of the requirements to register as a professional with your chosen profession.

Future careers

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 through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with a

  • simulation operating theatre and other clinical environments
  • clinical skills rooms
  • dissection laboratories
  • anatomy laboratories

Entry requirements

All students

104 UCAS points with 56 points from 2 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. 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 or over at the point of enrolment.

Offers are subject to enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health assessment and required immunisations prior to enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing Credits: 20
Module: Odp Applied Science Credits: 20
Module: Odp Clinical Practice 1 Credits: -
Module: Odp Foundations In Clinical Practice Credits: 20
Module: Odp Foundations In Peri-Operative Practice Credits: 40
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity Credits: 40
Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice Credits: 20
Module: Odp – Clinical Practice 2 Credits: -
Module: Odp Developing Clinical Practice Credits: 20
Module: Odp Developing Peri Operative Practice Credits: 40

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Odp – Clinical Practice 3 Credits: -
Module: Odp Progressing Towards The Autonomous Practitioner Credits: 40
Module: Professional Leadership Credits: 20
Module: The Advancing Professional Credits: 40
Module: Working With Complexity In Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023are £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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 with an annual placement supplement of £2,000.

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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, 736.4KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


Apply now for a 2022 start

This course has places available in clearing. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 from 6.30am on Thursday 18 August.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.

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