Why study BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (Apprenticeship) at BU?

  • This degree apprenticeship is a work-based integrated degree, which enables you to become an Operating Department Practitioner, while being employed within the operating theatre 
  • Preparing you for placement and beyond, our purpose-built facilities include an operating theatre simulation suite with highly accurate and life-like manikins
  • Get hands-on experience working in surgical theatres with multiple and varied practical work placements that make up just over 50% of your time on the course 
  • 100% of the academic team are registered ODPs still working clinically who are also HEA fellows or senior fellows
  • Placements are diverse and career options are too; you could work in operating theatres, pre-assessment, intensive care, A&E, patient transfer teams and other more specialised areas of care.

Benefits to your employer

  • Partnership with employers: This apprenticeship has been designed in collaboration with employers, ensuring that our course meets the specific needs of the healthcare industry
  • Practical application: You will directly apply your learning to practice, immediately contributing to the improvement of patient care and operational efficiency within your organisation
  • Addressing staffing challenges: Developing and nurturing ODPs of the future and being a key part of their learning and knowledge 
  • Building a confident workforce: Apprentices will emerge with a high level of autonomy and confidence, contributing to a resilient workforce capable of handling diverse challenges in healthcare delivery.

Professional registration

This degree apprenticeship allows you to be employed and receive a full wage while studying. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree qualification and be able to apply for professional registration with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an ODP.

We also offer a BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree if you do not currently have an employer to support your apprenticeship. 

Approved by HCPC

This three-year course 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 & Care Professions Council for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus and workplace environment


3 years

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Academic Entry Requirements: For September 2024 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. Foundation Year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

As an apprenticeship is similar to applying for a job your employer will also have specific entry requirements which you will need to meet in order to gain entry to the degree. 

International entry requirements:

For September 2024 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in speaking, listening and reading) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.