Operating Department Practice at Coventry University - UCAS

Course summary

Operating Department Practice (ODP) is an exciting and rewarding career where you work within the perioperative theatre environment caring for patients undergoing surgery. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a crucial part of the inter-professional team interacting and supporting a variety of patients throughout their perioperative journey. The role of the ODP is continually evolving beyond the borders of the operating department. ODPs are increasingly adapting their range of skills and abilities to develop their practice to work in non-traditional acute areas such as the emergency department, Interventional Radiology, cardiac catheterisation, MRI and CT scanning as well as endoscopy units. The skills you will learn and the knowledge you will gain whilst studying towards either the ODP DipHE or BSc (Hons) will be facilitated through simulated activities such as role play and clinical skills development. These will take place in facilities which replicate those found in modern hospitals, include a mock operating theatre and scrub room, mock ward setting, high dependency bays, and utilising high-tech manikins which respond to the treatment provided.

  • Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) enabling you to register as an operating department practitioner upon successful completion (additional requirements and costs may apply).
  • Home students can apply to receive a payment of £5,000 a year through the NHS Learning Support Fund that does not need to be paid back, with additional bursaries for students incurring childcare costs
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities including mock operating theatre and scrub room, ambulance, high-tech manikins, hospital wards, critical care settings and other real-life environments relevant to practice.
Key Benefits
  • Teaching and learning is supported by highly trained, clinically current and experienced staff, clinical partners, service users and peer-supported learning both from fellow ODP students and inter-professionally with students from a range of health courses across the school. Our learning through exploration approach provides a hands-on style of learning which provides context and is designed to prepare you for real-world situations.
  • Successful completion of the course will allow you to contribute fully as part of the perioperative multidisciplinary team in all areas of operating department practice. In the mandatory practice placements throughout your programme (sourced for you by the university), you will apply theory to practice on a daily basis, providing you with a platform to grow in confidence, develop your clinical skills and abilities to enable you to become a safe, confident and competent practitioner. As the course leads to eligibility to apply for professional registration with HCPC, you are required to meet attendance requirements both at university and on placement.
  • By studying two years full-time, you can complete the DipHE and in three years, you can complete the Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons). Both of these awards lead to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as an ODP (subject to additional costs). With the DipHE you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC after two years and seek employment, so you can enter the workforce more quickly than degree students. The BSc can increase your employability opportunities following successful completion of the qualification. It can enable faster career progression by providing the foundational skills in leadership and management, the surgical first assist role, coaching and supporting learners in practice.


Year One Year one of both the DipHE and BSc courses introduces the three roles of an ODP. This includes anaesthetics, surgery and recovery. Before the placement module, key principles in safe and effective patient care are taught within the first semester. We aim to develop you into a confident and competent student practitioner. Modules Pathophysiology Applied to Operating Department Practice - 10 credits Principles of Anaesthetics and Anaesthesia - 20 credits Principles of Surgery - 10 credits Anaesthetic Practice - 20 credits Surgical Practice - 20 credits Health and Wellbeing in the Community - 20 credits Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice - 20 credits Year Two Year two of both the DipHE and BSc courses explores advanced anaesthetics and surgery, developing your skills and knowledge gained in year one. You will now be working towards becoming independent student practitioners experiencing patients with more complex needs, for example in the emergency department and emergency theatre. Modules Developing Surgical Care in Practice - 20 credits Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care in Practice - 20 credits Developing Surgical Care - 20 credits Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care - 30 credits Developing Evidence-Informed Practice - 10 credits Exploring Professional and Ethical Issues in Practice - 20 credits Final Year (BSc only) The final year of the BSc (Hons) course builds on the knowledge, skills and abilities developed in years one and two to enhance your experiences in more acute and challenging clinical, managerial and coaching roles as well as developing a more in-depth understanding of evidence-based practice. Modules Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals - 20 credits Enhanced Anaesthetics and Critical Care - 20 credits Advanced Surgical Practice - 40 credits Evidence-based Project - 20 credits Transition to the Accountable Practitioner - 20 credits We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Academic coursework Online examinations Viva voce (oral interviews/discussions) Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) Poster presentations (individual and group) Work-based practical observations. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Operating Department Practitioners, College of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


English language requirements

Minimum five graded 9-4 including English, Maths and Science

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Coventry University
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Thursday 17 August 08:00-21:00, Friday 18 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 19 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 21 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-19:00

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Operating Department Practice at Coventry University - UCAS