Birmingham City University

Operating Department Practice Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are a vital part of the operating theatre team, with their role varying from day to day. Working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare support workers, ODPs ensure that every operation is as safe and effective as possible. While receiving continuous individual support and guidance, this course prepares you to become an independent practitioner within the operating department environment, able to respond to changes in health care needs and priorities. You will learn and practice in a real-life operating theatre, and benefit from excellent employability rates. Successful completion of this course means you will be eligible to apply for registration as an ODP with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and can work within a multidisciplinary operating theatre team.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B991
Institution code B25
Campus name Royal Devon and Exeter
Campus code K

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 points GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English language
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered.
Must have been achieved at the point of application
A level CCD A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
sujbects excluded General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction of which a minimum of 12 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2. in a Health and Social Care or Science related pathway
Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent must be achieved prior to application
GCSE equivalents only from Access Courses achieved prior to 2014, except for 2 Year Part Time Courses started within the 12/13 academic year. 12 Credits must be achieved at Level 2 + and certificate must state 'GCSE Equivalent
GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications must be achieved prior to application. GCSE science is not required for Access students.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS AA - EE A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Subjects excluded General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE 3 subjects at grade 4 must include Mathematics, English language and science subjects. Must have been achieved at the point of application.

Acceptable equivalent qualifications:

- BTEC Level 2 Diploma - Science, Applied Science
- BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - Science, Applied Science
- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
- Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Maths, English Language and Science
- Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number or Communication
HNC (BTEC) P In Health and Social Care
HND (BTEC) P Health and Social Care
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points IB overall Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 Must include Health, Social or Science related subjects
Maximum of 5 x Highers to achieve 88 tariff points minimum
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCCC Must Include Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Maximum of 5 Advanced Higher at grade C or above to achieve 88 UCAS tariff points

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Satisfactory Occupational Health clearance.


Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, numeracy & literacy tests, interview and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course. We will also be incorporating the completion of a behavioural styles assessment: the Cambridge Personal Styles Questionnaire (CPSQ) before you are invited to a Selection Day. We are using it alongside the other selection criteria to ensure a fairer and more objective approach to assessing personal readiness for healthcare training. If your application is successful, we will then be running interviews during January, February, March and April for our September intake

English language requirements

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Birmingham City University
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B5 5JU

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