Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Operating Department Practice
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
- team leader
- theatre manager
- 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.
The University offers state-of-the-art equipment to make simulation as real as possible, with lecturers who have huge experience as ODPs.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations of ODP Professional Practice
- Fundamentals of Perioperative Practice
- Science Informing Practice
There are no optional modules in this year.
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
There are no optional modules in this year
Core modules in this year include:
- Complex Perioperative Care
- Enhancing ODP Professional Practice (placement)
- Leading Safe and Effective Care
There are no optional modules in this year
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Work experience and career planning
Each year includes one work placement module where you'll get work experience in a clinical setting. Placement locations are liable to change, but recent students have completed placements at:
- Portsmouth NHS trust QA Hospital
- NHS Treatment Centre St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth
- Spire Healthcare Portsmouth
- NHS Treatment Centre RSH Hospital Southampton
- Southampton General Hospital
- RCH Hospital Winchester
- Nuffield Hospital Eastleigh
- BMI Healthcare Winchester
- Chichester Nuffield Hospital
- RSC Hospital Brighton
- Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
- Lymington New Forest Hospital
- Princess Royal Hospital - Haywards Heath
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical work
- hospital placements
There's a joint focus on this course between theory and practice, both in academic and real-world settings.
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
Steve joined the Royal Navy in 1974 and completed 26 years’ service in the medical branch. He held numerous roles at sea as the sole medical cover, including serving in the Falklands war as part of the Surgical Support Team, 3rd Commando Brigade, operating in Ajax Bay until the surrender.
A hugely experienced and qualified practitioner, Steve continued to study during his time in the Royal Navy, and was awarded senior lecturer status in the Royal Defence Medical College.
After leaving the Royal Navy in 2000, Steve assumed the role of Training and Professional Development Manager for Operating Theatres at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, facilitating training for 400 staff and ODP students from the University, and being awarded Honorary Lecturer status for his work.
His academic interests include clinical and educational research in surgery and theatre practice.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
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)
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.
BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 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).
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.
- Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. 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.
Values and the NHS Constitution
We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
This course isn't open to international students.
NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year
From September 2020, new and continuing students on eligible nursing and allied health professional courses can get an NHS bursary of up to £8,000 a year.
For more information, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Your uniform is included as part of your course fee, but you’ll need to pay £20–£50 for extra or replacement uniforms. You won’t need to pay for a replacement due to fair wear and tear.
You’ll need to pay the travel costs associated with your placement, though the NHS may meet some of these costs.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – B700
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from the outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.