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Course summary

Train to provide high standards of care for people during the anaesthetic, surgery and recovery phases of surgical treatment. After graduation, you’ll be eligible to register as an Operating Department Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council. Operations are complex and there’s a big demand for care experts at each stage of a patient’s perioperative journey. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the perioperative process. Working as part of a team in this specialist and dynamic environment, it’s crucial they’re knowledgeable in surgical, anaesthetic and recovery procedures, anatomy and physiology, illness and disease, and overall patient care, as well as legal and ethical issues. During this operating department practice degree, you’ll dissect areas like health, research, perioperative skills and procedures, and pharmacology. Learn how to treat and communicate with compassion, making patients of all ages feel at ease in the face of potentially life changing procedures. During our operating department practice degree, you’ll get hands-on experience and a feel for the pace of life in a real operating department in a variety of settings. Depending on where you live, your clinical placement could be in the Merseyside, East Cheshire or Greater Manchester region. Following graduation, you’ll have the skills that enable you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified ODP. You can choose to study this course at Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus or St James’, our Manchester city centre location.


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Assessment method

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the programme. Theoretical assessments can consist of exams, written assignments, oral presentations, oral examinations, and practical exams called Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Practical assessments take place in the workplace and in clinical skills facilities.

Professional bodies

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

  • Health and Care Professions Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards. For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit or contact our Course Enquiries Team on 01695 657000 or email [email protected]

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


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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

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Operating Department Practice at Edge Hill University - UCAS