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Course summary

This course includes a Foundation Year, so it is a 4-year course. The additional Foundation Year will allow you to develop your skills and build confidence in your academic abilities, identifying your strengths and weaknesses so you can progress onto the undergraduate course. You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the Health & Care Professions Council. Why study at BNU? Operating department practitioners are fast-paced, challenging roles and we’ve designed our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice to help equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to start this exciting career. We've been running our operating department practice programme for many years and students benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University. Our lecturers maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is always kept up-to-date. At BNU, we recognise roles in this field are hands-on – that’s why you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences throughout the course using our specialised facilities. This will enable you to recreate authentic scenarios and practise your skills in a safe environment. Alongside your studies, you will take part in a range of clinical placements with our NHS partner hospitals. We work with a range of hospitals across the region and our students are highly respected whilst out in practice. In addition to your degree, all students are given the opportunity to achieve additional clinical qualifications. This includes the Immediate Life Support award, which is delivered at the University prior to completion of your studies. What will I study? Throughout this course you will be able to gain real life experiences as well as understand the theory behind the perioperative environment and care delivery. The course will give you everything that is needed to help develop into a qualified practitioner that is eligible for registration. Clinical placements will be undertaken throughout the length of the programme. This role involves working within a multi-disciplinary team to provide high quality, individualised care for patients throughout their perioperative journey and beyond. Working alongside other professionals, such as nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and health care support workers, care will be delivered to patients during all three phases of this acute care environment. This is achieved through direct patient contact and care delivery in addition to demonstrating a high level of knowledge/skill within the management of specialist equipment and materials related to this highly technical area. Patient safety is a priority within this field of care and ODP’s are required to demonstrate high standards in relation to professionalism, advocacy and decision making. Our course will provide the key knowledge and skills to achieve what is both required and expected within this contemporary healthcare setting, through both classroom based teaching and clinical placement throughout the duration of study. Career prospects Working alongside other professionals, such as nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and health care support workers, care will be delivered to patients during all three phases of this acute care environment. Although you will be employed within operating theatres, you’ll still be able to work in other areas. The theory and integrated practice that you learn throughout the course will help you work in a variety of clinical areas including:

  • trauma teams
  • accident and emergency departments
  • resuscitation teams
  • transplant teams
  • Intensive Care Units
  • patient transfers
  • research, education and training
  • special care baby units.


Foundation Year Core Ways of Learning About the Social World Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Year one Core Fundamentals of Perioperative Practice Promoting Safety within the Perioperative Environment Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Engaging in Perioperative Practice Foundations of Theory and Practice Developing Perioperative Practice Caring for the Perioperative Patient Year two Core Applied Anatomy and Physiology Influence of Pathophysiology on Perioperative Care Developing within the Perioperative Environment Expanding Skills within the Perioperative Environment Applying Evidence to Perioperative Care Advancing Perioperative Practice Leadership in Perioperative Practice Year three Core Modules Extended Independent Work (Dissertation) Coaching and Supervision of Others within the Perioperative Environment Creating Autonomous Practice Actualising Perioperative Practice Management of the Deteriorating Patient Optional Modules Legalities and Ethical Considerations of the Advanced Role Wellbeing and Resilience within the Clinical Environment

Assessment method

Within the operating department practice programme, we use a variety of teaching and assessment methods to help you succeed. You’ll benefit from simulation sessions, lectures, seminars and group activities to ensure readiness for professional registration and autonomous clinical practice. A huge part of your learning will take place on clinical placements covering anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic care. Whilst in practice, you will be supported by a clinical member of staff who will provide mentorship, supervise your experience and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course. Both your theoretical knowledge and application in practice will be assessed on this course and methods include: reflective course work case studies oral, written or visual presentations unseen examinations OSCEs critique of evidence-based articles dissertation construction of an ePortfolio practice competence demonstrated in practice*. *80% minimum clinical placement attendance is required within the programme and is monitored within the Practice Placement Document To ensure the programme remains current and responsive to the dynamic reformation of the NHS, we invite practitioners from our partner trusts to be involved in the delivery and on-going enhancement of the programme.

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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

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Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Operating Department Practice with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS