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Course summary

Don your scrubs and head straight into the theatre with our highly practical BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree validated by the HCPC. If you’re fascinated by the surgical environment, our Operating Department Practice degree is for you. From the word go, you’ll be spending time in a real theatre, out on placement and in true-to-life skill labs, building up all the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). As a graduate, you’ll find there are opportunities in a host of specialisms from anaesthesia to intensive care and beyond. And, thanks to our course meeting the standards set by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll be able to dive right into your career as an ODP. We know that our Operating Department Practice students want to learn from the best, so many of your teaching sessions will be delivered by people who already work in the field. We’ll also look at how you can use research and reflection in your day-to-day work. This offers you the chance to benefit from their experiences, insights and expertise during your time at ARU. Both our campuses have a mock operating theatre for you to hone your skills and knowledge in simulated environments. You won’t be restricted to these simulated spaces, though. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience working in all the essential clinical specialities as you put your new-found skills into practice while out on placement. Thanks to our three-year placement schedule, you get experience of working in all the essential clinical specialities. We offer placements in leading NHS and private hospitals: Essex: Queens, Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Southend, Broomfield (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford) Cambridgeshire: Hinchingbrooke, Ipswich, Lister, Papworth, Peterborough, Kings Lynn (all theory will be taught at Cambridge) London: Kings College, Whittington, North Middlesex University Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Royal Free Hospital (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford). This highly practical course will develop your clinical skills in live settings. You’ll learn to take responsibility for a patient’s all-round welfare and to assess their journey through the surgical environment. You’ll also learn to work as part of a theatre team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. We’ll explain how you can do all of this safely, and within current legal, ethical and professional boundaries.


Year 1: ·Introduction to ·Perioperative Practice ·Exploring Aspects of Anatomy and Physiology ·Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia ·Practical Concepts in Anatomy and Physiology ·Holistic Care of the Surgical Patient Year 2: ·Perioperative Pharmacology and Physiology ·Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia ·Promoting Best Practice in the Operating Theatre ·Post-Anaesthetic and Acute Care Year 3: ·Research Methods ·Enhanced Clinical Skills in Perioperative and Critical Care ·Undergraduate Major Project ·Leadership Practice in Health and Social Care (Distance Learning)

Assessment method

We carry out regular assessment so that you and your tutors can monitor your progress. Besides exams, you'll be assessed on assignments, presentations, research critiques, critical-incident analyses, case studies, literature reviews, and specialised practice competencies.  This is a three-year programme Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. 2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
Operating Department Practice at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS