Operating Department Practice at Birmingham City University - UCAS

Course summary

Are you interested in a rewarding career in perioperative care? Have you got excellent management skills and a passion for supporting others? Start your journey to becoming a vital part of the theatre team with our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (ODP) course. Operating Department Practitioners provide holistic care for a diverse range of patient groups, both within and beyond the operating theatre. This BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice course uses the Modernising Allied Health Professions Career Framework, which spirals through each of the three years to align to the ‘Four Pillars of Practice’, to maximise the choice available to you within the operating theatre and beyond. Successful completion of the course will allow you to be eligible to apply for registration with the Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and gain employment as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). Using the Allied Health Professions career framework, the course embeds the ‘Four Pillars of Practice’ within each year to provide a spiralling curriculum covering:

  • Pillar One: Clinical Practice (anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care)
  • Pillar Two: Facilitation of Learning (of self and others)
  • Pillar Three: Leadership
  • Pillar Four: Evidence, Research and Development
The proportion of teaching and learning of each pillar varies in each year, with the first year aimed at preparing you for academic work and self-development, supported by clinical placement experiences to underpin the principles of evidenced-based perioperative care for patients undergoing elective surgery. In year two, the clinical practice emphasis shifts to providing care for patients undergoing complex and emergency surgery. You will learn to understand the principles of leadership whilst supporting others to learn as well as developing inquiry-based learning in order to support research and development. You will work towards becoming an autonomous practitioner in year three, developing proficiency in anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care as well as gaining experience in acute care beyond the operating theatre and developing in the role of a Surgical First Assistant (SFA). You will also have the opportunity to explore your own specialist interests as well as developing your leadership skills in order to manage people and resources within the perioperative environment, as you transition to a registered ODP as you prepare to register with the HCPC.

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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City South Campus, Edgbaston
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Welsh Baccalaureate: 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications. Required subjects: Either this qualification or an accompanying A Level / level 3 equivalent must be in a relevant Health or Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics). OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications: 112 UCAS tariff points. Extended Diploma - accepted subjects: Health or Science. Diploma - accepted subjects: Either this qualification or the accompanying A Level / level 3 equivalent must be a relevant Health or Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics). NCFE CACHE Level 3 qualifications: 112 UCAS tariff points. Accepted subjects: Childcare and Education; Children and Young People's Workforce; Health and Social Care; Early Years Education and Care. WJEC Level 3 qualifications: 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s). Required subjects: Either this qualification or an accompanying A Level / level 3 equivalent must be a relevant Health or Science subject (e.g. Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics). - Prior to enrolling on the course, successful candidates will be required to obtain a satisfactory occupational health check and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check via the Faculty, as well as registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. Qualifications, personal statement, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course. - Applicants must provide evidence of having been in general education for a minimum of ten years. - Applicants must demonstrate evidence of literacy, numeracy, and IT skills. - Applicants must normally have evidence of formal study within the last five years. However, we are sometimes able to waive this requirement if a candidate has a significant amount of professional experience in a relevant field, for example healthcare, social care, or education. "I really want to become an Operating Department Practitioner but do not meet your entry requirements. What advice can you give me?" All applicants must meet our academic entry requirements to be considered for the course. If you do not have sufficient Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, we advise you to consider undertaking a course which will give you the opportunity to gain the correct entry criteria. For example, an Access course in a health/science-related field at your local further education college. This course contains the right mix of level 3 and level 2 qualifications which allow you to access higher education. Alternatively, you could undertake the Open University K101 course, if you have the appropriate GSCE qualifications (as defined in our entry criteria) with another level 3 qualification. See our website for details of the Portfolio route for those holding Level 3 Diploma in Perioperative Support (QCF).

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Candidates who are successfully shortlisted are required to undertake an interview. Interviews are currently online via Microsoft Teams.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7overall with no less than 6.5 in each band.

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Operating Department Practice at Birmingham City University - UCAS