Birmingham City University

Operating Department Practice with Foundation Year 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 B77F
Institution code B25
Campus name City South Campus, Edgbaston
Campus code E

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level CDD A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects. Must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade B

General Studies and Extended Project not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents, Applied Science

Must achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Access to HE Diploma Full Award in Health and Social Care or Science related pathway of 45 credits at level 3. The remaining 15 credits can be taken at either level 2 or 3. Within the level 3 credits, a minimum of 15 must be achieved at merit or distinction including 9 in science or health subjects. Must have Mathematics and English Language GCSE at 4 or equivalent prior to application.
Non Health & Social Care or Science Pathways not accepted.
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 science is not required for Access students.


GCSE equivilences 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 science is not required for Access students.
Scottish Higher Not accepted
AS AE 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. To obtain a minimum of 80 points
Must include either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 subjects at grade 4 must include Mathematics, English language and science subjects
Must have been achieved at the point of application

Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. If an applicant is studying an Access qualification or has already achieved an acceptable Level 3+ qualification, but is missing an acceptable Level 2 qualification, then they will be asked to complete Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and/or English Language (as applicable) by the 31st July alongside the GCSE they are studying.
HNC (BTEC) P Relevant Subject
HND (BTEC) P Relevant Subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme IB Diploma with 25 points from the 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
At least one Higher Level subject with grade 4 or above from Group 4 And Grade 4 in Maths (Standard Level) And 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) H4, H4, H4, H4, H4 Maximum of 5 x Highers to achieve 80 tariff points minimum
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must 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 80 tariff points.
Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents, Applied Science
Not including Early Years
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points
Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents, Applied Science
Not including Early Years
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must 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 80 tariff points.
Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents, Applied Science
Not including Early Years
Scottish Advanced Higher 80 tariff points Maximum of 5 Scottish Higher and 3 Advances Higher at Grade C
Must Include Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents

More about foundation year programmes

By studying a foundation year in either Health and Life Sciences, Children, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc or BA degree.

So although you are studying a BA or BSc in a specific course – for example, Children’s Nursing, Health Studies, Midwifery among many of possible options – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about foundation year categories (Health and Life Sciences, Childhood and Education or Sport and Exercise Science), allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Important Note:

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council or the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment if these are required for your chosen programme.


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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