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Join us and study at the only higher education institution in Wales and the only Russell Group University offering a BSc Honours course in Operating Department Practice. Our programme is accredited by the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Meaning you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) for registration upon completion and will be able to practice as a registered Operating Department Practitioner. It’s an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are vital members of a multidisciplinary team. They support patient’s emotional and physical well-being throughout surgery from anaesthetics, through surgery and into recovery. A career in Operating Department Practice provides opportunities to explore innovation in practice and have the privilege to be part of a team that changes people’s lives. You’ll be taught skills that encompass all three phases of the perioperative journey anaesthetics, surgery and post anaesthetic care. However, although primarily based within the perioperative environment the role can be seen in other areas outside of the operating theatre, where these skills are required or can be adapted to meet other needs. Our course combines both academic study and clinical placements. Within academic study, not only do you get support from a personal tutor and an innovative team of academics in a close-knit class, you will be supported in our recently refurbished simulation suite to practice and hone your taught skills before going out into practice Our clinical placements take place throughout Wales; working alongside a dedicated placement mentor, knowledgeable practising professionals and with real patients. Meaning you’ll be more competitive in the employment market throughout Wales and the UK and have a broader insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification. After qualifying, most ODPs are primarily based in the operating department, but can also work in areas as diverse as accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity departments and as members of the cardiac arrest team. Distinctive Features By joining our programme we’ll help you to enjoy an academically rich and fulfilling experience. Here are some of the key features of our programme: · We are the only ODP degree programme in the UK offered at a Russell Group University and in Wales. · For Home/EU students you have the option to choose a fully funded place on the programme or receive a full NHS bursary for Tuition fees providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after qualifying. · Cardiff University ranks number 2 in the UK for Health Professions in The Guardian 2018 league tables. · Clinical placements account for 60% of the programme in 7 out of 8 geographical Health Board areas in a range of settings across Wales, making you competitive in the employment market upon qualification. · As part of the clinical elective placement in the second year, you will have the opportunity to organise a clinical placement of your choice, perhaps overseas meeting appropriate practice outcomes. · You’ll have access to clinical skills suites to help develop your skills and scenarios prior to placement experience. These include two functioning simulated operating theatres and a recovery/critical care environment. · You’ll have the opportunity to gain additional recognised qualifications, including the Acute Life Threatening Events Recognition & Treatment (ALERT) course and the Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PRMOPT) course. · All members of our ODP Team at Cardiff University hold a minimum of a Masters degree and are all either registered ODP’s or nurses with theatre qualification. This enables us to provide expert support.
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
This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Main Site - Cardiff|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BCC - CCC||Excluding general studies and critical thinking.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||BTEC National Extended Diploma in Science OR Health Studies. Other BTECs may be considered.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||BCC - CCC||Excluding general studies and critical thinking.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||29 - 28 points||555 at HL also accepted.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||The Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.|
|Extended Project||A||For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Four GCSEs grade C/4 including Maths and a Physical Science.|
If you are successful in both academic and non-academic assessment you may be invited to attend a multiple mini interview. It is essential that before commencing any of our undergraduate healthcare programmes, you must have obtained a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In addition, before enrolling on your programme, you will be required to complete an Occupational Health Questionnaire, attend any subsequent appointment(s), and receive all of the necessary vaccinations to undertake clinical placements safely.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£10500||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.