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Are you enthusiastic, great with people and keen to make a living improving and saving lives?
Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are an essential part of the surgical team. They take care of patients, prepare the surgical environment and equipment, and act as a vital link between the surgical team, other hospital departments and patients.
Our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree course, which we've developed with the local National Health Service acute Trusts and the private sector, provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to be work in this demanding and rewarding role.
After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Operating Department Practitioner. You'll be able to work in area such as anaesthesia, surgery and recovery.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
Develop your skills as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)
Do lots of practical exercises to prepare you for the challenges of this field – you'll spend approximately 60% of your time in clinical practice
Observe, examine, assess and engage with patients in a variety of healthcare settings with supervision and support from registered healthcare professionals
Practise examinations and procedures on human patient simulators and our high-fidelity patient simulator in the Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
Use your skills in one of our clinical placement operating theatres
Develop your leadership, communication and problem solving skills
- Improve your academic research abilities
Careers and opportunities
What jobs can you do with an Operating Department Practice degree?
As a registered Operating Department Practitioner, you'll be able to take on roles such as:
surgical care practitioner
sterile supply manager
- practice educator
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Year 1 core modules in this year include: Foundation of Evidence Based Practice, Foundations of ODP Professional Practice, Fundamentals of Perioperative Practice, Science Informing Practice.
Year 2 core modules in this year include: Applied ODP Professional Practice (placement), Engaging with Service Improvement, Evidence Based Decision Making, Perioperative Care of Specialist Patient Groups, Perioperative use of Drugs.
Year 3 core modules in this year include: Complex Perioperative Care, Enhancing ODP Professional Practice (placement), Leading Safe and Effective Care, Project.
You'll be assessed through tests (academic or practical/skills based), performance-based clinical practice assessments, online assessment, academic written work/portfolios, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), presentations, project.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
|UCAS Tariff||104 points||104 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE). All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department.|
|A level||104 Tariff points from 3 A levels, to include a Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE) at grade C.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Must be in a Science subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science, Health & Social Care or Nursing), to include a minimum of 21 level 3 credits in Science subjects at merit or above.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Cambridge Pre-U score of 50, to include a Principal Subject in a single Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE) at M3.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||28 points from the IB Diploma, with 654 at Higher Level, to include 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE).|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H4, H4||To include a Higher Level Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE) at H3.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||104 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, to include a Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE) at grade D.|
CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
All offers are subject to Occupational Health clearance. The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department.
All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview, including NHS values based recruitment.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.|
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.|
|PTE Academic||68.0||An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100.0||100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing|
|Trinity ISE||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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Clearing contact details
University Admissions Centre - Clearing
023 9284 8000
Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,
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