Operating Department Practice at Coventry University - UCAS

Course summary

From SEPTEMBER 2025 this course will be delivered using NEW COURSE CODE HU10. If you are interested in starting in September 2025 please apply using this code Operating Department Practitioners are specially trained for operating theatre roles. Throughout your training, you'll develop autonomy as a practitioner, collaborating with anaesthetists, surgeons, and other professionals to prepare and assist in surgical and anaesthetic procedures, enhancing patient care experiences. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) play a crucial and unique role in patient care. They are responsible for a wide spectrum of tasks essential for the smooth running of perioperative environments. As an ODP you may prepare and maintain operating theatres, ensure the availability of equipment and drugs, manage patient safety and support patients' emotional and physical needs throughout their surgical journey, from pre-anaesthesia to post-anaesthetic care in recovery. Staying calm in pressured environments, ensuring safety and ensuring everyone has a voice to speak up when needed are all vital skills you’ll be developing on the course.

  • Leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as an ODP.
  • You will learn through simulated activities such as role play and clinical skills development. Facilities replicate those found in hospitals, including a mock operating theatre and scrub room, mock ward setting, high dependency bays, and utilising high-tech manikins which respond to the treatment provided.
  • Learn to collaborate and thrive as an ODP and within multidisciplinary teams to coordinate safe, evidenced-based care delivery.
  • Practice placements sourced for you by the university, providing you with opportunities to develop clinical skills and become a safe, confident and competent practitioner.
  • Study one module at a time, with 5 weeks of learning followed by one week of assessment per module.
  • All home students on this course can apply for a minimum payment from the government of £5,000 per year. You can apply for additional payments if you incur childcare costs.
Why you should study this course Careers in operating department practice enable you to develop a mix of technical, management and communication skills to support a diverse range of patients during their most vulnerable moments.
  • The role of ODPs is dynamic and varied. Increasingly, ODPs are also adapting their knowledge and skills to work in non-traditional acute settings like emergency departments, intensive care, interventional radiology, cardiac catheterisation, MRI, CT scanning, and endoscopy units.
  • Teaching and learning are supported by highly trained, clinically current and experienced staff, clinical partners, service users, fellow ODP students and those from other health courses across the school.
  • We focus on your future employability, offering insight into areas such as surgical first assistance, critical care, leadership and management.
Coventry University's School of Health and Care collaborates closely with NHS Trusts across the UK to develop the workforce of the future. Together, we’ll prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career with great prospects and the opportunity for lifelong learning. For full course and professional body accreditation information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


Year one

  • Becoming a Professional Practitioner
  • Evidence: Your Profession in a Global Context
  • Fundamentals of Surgery
  • Fundamentals of Anaesthetics and Post-Anaesthetic Care
  • Placement 1: Anaesthetic Practice
  • Placement 2: Surgical Practice
Year two * Exploring Knowledge Through Curiosity * Developing Surgical Care * Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care * Placement 3: Developing Anaesthetics and Recovery * Placement 4:: Developing Surgical Practice * Pharmacology in Perioperative Practice Final year
  • Leading for the Future as a Health and Care Professional
  • The Evidence-based Practitioner: Professional Project
  • Placement 5: Complex Anaesthetic Practice
  • Placement 6: Complex Surgical Practice
  • Promoting Safety: Human Factors in Perioperative Care
  • Complex Perioperative Care
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.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include:

  • coursework
  • practice placement
  • formal examinations
  • virtual Simulated Placements
  • simulations
  • objective structured clinical examinations
  • presentations
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

We’re here to help you achieve your study goals. If your qualifications or expected levels of grades differ from those outlined above, chat with our admissions team and between us we will explore the possibilities open to you. We accept a range of qualifications and our study experience is designed to give you options and support from the start. Contact us via our website to find out more.

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.
Operating Department Practice at Coventry University - UCAS