University of Leicester

Operating Department Practice University of Leicester Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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If your ambition is to become a Registered Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) then this course is for you. With clinical placements in Derbyshire, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Nottingham, and Northamptonshire where you will spend 65% of this 100 week programme. Here you will care for patients and learn the realities of life as an ODP, whilst under the supervision of expert registered practitioners within the operating theatre environment. Your experience is greatly enhanced by the 48 weeks a year timetable.

Course details


The course commences twice each year in Autumn and Spring and consists of 15 compulsory Modules, 5 in each year of the programme enabling the student to develop their knowledge and skills from foundation to advanced level. A wide variety of assessment methods are used

Assessment method

You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, small group work, supervised practice, self-study and reflective learning. We will help you integrate theory and practice and ensure that you develop personally as well as professionally. We adopt a progressive approach to learning so that your skills are acquired at an appropriate pace.

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points or BBC at A-level
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM preferably but not essentially in a health related subject
Access to HE Diploma 112 UCAS points, including minimum 15 at Distinction at level 3, in a Health related Access programme
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Three passes minimum grade C/4 including GCSE English Language and Mathematics

Applicants over the age of 21 with non-standard qualifications and/or appropriate vocational experience are encouraged to apply as applications are considered on an individual basis.

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Interviews will be held between November 2017 and May 2018.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
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

The tuition fee for home and EU students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2020/21 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%. Fees for international students can be found on the individual course pages. For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website:

Provider information

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University of Leicester
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Course contact details

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ODP Admissions and Course Enquiries

0116 252 3045