Our HCPC-approved BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree is ideal if you’re seeking a rewarding career as a registered Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare colleagues to deliver safe patient-focused care. We’ll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide a high standard of care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a patient’s surgical journey. ODPs are highly specialised healthcare professionals who work with patients of all ages in operating theatres and other perioperative environments. The University of Bolton's stimulating BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice strikes an equal balance between the technical and scientific aspects of surgery and the softer skills that support communication, wellbeing and caring for the patient. It focuses on helping you learn to provide skilled assistance to surgeons and anaesthetists and work alongside nursing and healthcare colleagues to deliver excellent individualised care and support during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. We’ll guide you as you gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours to respond to patients' needs throughout their surgical experience and perioperative care. The greater part of your studies will be centred on clinical placement at one of our partner trusts, learning the realities of life as an ODP. Study at the University will complement and enhance your learning in the workplace. We’ll support you as you gain core clinical skills and extensive knowledge of specialist equipment and drugs. Developing team-working, leadership, and management skills will be an essential part of your training. We’ll encourage you as you learn to support and reassure patients on an emotional level, helping them cope with the stress of surgery. As an ODP, no two days will be the same. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will work to prepare you to manage the care of patients scheduled for routine procedures as well as respond to life-threatening emergencies.
Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.
Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please note this course is not open to International applicants.
You must also have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents. You don’t need to have prior experience of working in healthcare, but you must have a passion to care for others. You’ll need to provide evidence of recent study, professional development or work experience, as well as demonstrate an understanding of healthcare professional standards, the operating department practitioner profession and patient care delivery in the perioperative setting. Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the HCPC. We work with numerous NHS trusts across the North of England. Should your application be successful and you choose to take up our offer of a place, then please note that your practice learning will be subject to rotation to ensure you are able to gain an appropriate range of experience. Normally, your clinical placements will take place within one trust, but we are unable to guarantee this.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
You’ll be assessed on your values, behaviours, communication and problem-solving skills, and undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent).|
We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.