Operating Department Practice at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS

Course summary

On this course you develop the skills you need to become a qualified operating department practitioner (ODP) able to offer coordinated patient-centred peri-operative care alongside surgeons anaesthetists and theatre nurses. This degree is designed for healthcare workers with an interest in becoming registered operating department practitioners able to offer compassionate safe and effective care through the peri-operative period a time when people can be at their most vulnerable. With an emphasis on reflective practice-based development your studies and training take place both at the university and in clinical practice where you work alongside a qualified mentor in a range of peri-operative care settings: anaesthetics operating theatres emergency departments intensive care and recovery. On completion of this course you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an operating department practitioner. Why choose this course?

  • It has a high overall student satisfaction rating of 92% (NSS 2022)
  • Develop the knowledge competencies and clinical skills to provide high-quality evidence-based care and to work confidently within a multi-professional team
  • Practise your skills in high-tech simulation suites supported by staff who are healthcare professionals
  • Gain hands-on experience across a range of healthcare environments
  • Benefit from a course that offers you the support of a qualified mentor
  • Hone your critical thinking and decision-making skills so you can respond quickly to complex critical situations
  • Gain a HCPC-approved qualification and a skill-set much sought after in the job market
The NHS Constitution brings together details of what staff patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS 'aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism”. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. Additional information We would strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations prior to commencing the course.


Areas of study may include:

  • Anaesthetic practice
  • Sciences for perioperative practice
  • Intraoperative surgical practice
  • Post anaesthetic care
  • Clinical leadership
  • Mentorship and supervision for perioperative practice
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Professional bodies

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

  • Health and Care Professions Council

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Luton Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Mathematics, English and Science NVQ Level 3 and A-Level General Studies will not be accepted. We are happy to consider applicants with alternative qualifications and/or work experience. If you would like to check if your qualifications will be accepted please contact the Admissions Team.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

We would strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations prior to commencing the course.


Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For information on the 2023 fees please refer to our website, https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/fees/
Operating Department Practice at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS