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BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

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  • UCAS Code:
    B991
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are an instrumentally vital part of the perioperative team and are responsible for delivering safe, high-quality care to surgical patients during anaesthesia, surgery and post anaesthesia (recovery).

Taught by actively practising lecturers, in state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice – working in clinical settings supervised by registered healthcare professionals during multiple work placements that make up approximately 60% of your time on the course.

As well as the expert knowledge and skillset acquired throughout the programme, you’ll also gain numerous transferable skills, such as leadership, problem-solving, teamwork and communication – all essential for a career in the NHS or private sector. 

This three-year BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) meaning that, upon successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are an instrumentally vital part of the perioperative team and are responsible for delivering safe, high-quality care to surgical patients during anaesthesia, surgery and post anaesthesia (recovery).

Taught by actively practising lecturers, in state-of-the-art facilities – including a simulated operating theatre – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice – working in clinical settings supervised by registered healthcare professionals during multiple work placements that make up approximately 60% of your time on the course.

As well as the expert knowledge and skill set you’ll acquire, you’ll also gain numerous transferable skills, such as leadership, problem-solving, teamwork and communication – all essential for a career in an NHS or private sector operating department.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by different coursework such as journal articles, leaflet, essays, group work, written exams and practice assessment. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for the course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 507KB)

Placements

An important feature of the programme is the hospital that you will be based at. If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be asked what location you would consider. Some placement areas are more popular than others due to geographical location, and as placement numbers are limited, you may be offered a place at a different location to your preference. All of our linked hospitals provide a high standard of care and are committed to the teaching and assessment of the future workforce. Most of your clinical experience will be based in one hospital, however, in order to achieve the minimum number of required clinical experiences expected for the course, there may be some placements based in other hospitals, but advanced notice will be given.

When on placement, you will experience the full 24-hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts, weekends and night shifts. There may be times when you are expected to work during the evening or at weekends, but again, advance notice will be given. Your placements will include a range of acute settings that give students a good opportunity to develop their skills. 

Your application

For Operating Department Practice, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in the compassionate care of surgical patients to improve their lives as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Show respect and give dignity to people recognising that everyone counts
  • Have undertaken care experience, preferably within an operating department
  • Have an awareness of the technical as well as the caring aspects of the profession
  • Can demonstrate commitment to the quality of care and the importance of personal skills and qualities to work together for patients.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

You might think that the name of this course covers all the potential career options, but the skills you'll gain through this degree will make you just as suited to a role in critical care as to operating department practice.

95% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating. (There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is from across the last two years and for all students in subjects allied to medicine.)

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our pages on funding support for healthcare courses.

Our fees and funding section also includes information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You will also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Our staff

On this course, you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. 

You can find out more about some of the staff that are currently teaching on the course and their research activities below. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

Hear from our staff

Lesley Elcock

This course prepares students for a career in a perioperative environment through mixing clinical skills and academic knowledge, with 60% of the course working alongside practitioners in the operating departments of the region's hospitals

Hear from our alumni

James Ackroyd

I really would recommend BU to anyone that wants not only to achieve a great qualification, but also wants to have a great time doing it.