Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

School of Health Sciences




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B991; Short form: BSc/OpDePr

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Would you enjoy working as part of a multi-professional team and caring for people at one of the most critical times during their hospital stay? This course will be of interest if you want a rewarding career as a healthcare professional in the operating department. Operating department practitioners are key members of the surgical team, who respond to the physical and psychological needs of patients, throughout their surgical experience. You’ll spend 60% of your time in clinical practice gaining hands-on experience and 40% will be spent in the classroom, including using our high specification clinical skills labs with interactive simulators creating realistic learning experiences.

National Student Survey 2017
89.5% of students on courses allied to medicine felt teaching staff made their subject interesting


Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
112 points from Access Course
English and Maths at grade C or FS2 or KS3

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Operating Department Practice
  • Anatomy and physiology for Operating Department Practice
  • Introduction to Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Developing skills in Operating Department Practice
  • Pathophysiology for Operating Department Practice
  • Research for Operating Department Practice

Year 3

  • Enhancing Operating Department Practice
  • Leadership in Operating Department Practice
  • Exploring Professional Practice

Further Information

The School of Health is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our programmes. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programmes aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

Operating Department Practitioners provide skilled assistance to surgeons and anaesthetists, carrying out intricate and complex procedures and work alongside their nursing colleagues providing a high standard of patient-focused care during anaesthesia, surgery and the post-anaesthetic care period.

The Operating Department Practice course places great emphasis on practical learning. You will gain experience in the clinical environment, which is central to your development. Working under supervision you will participate in daily activity and learn from observing, shadowing and practising. Clinical practice is an important part of course assessment and you will complete a skills schedule and produce a portfolio of supporting evidence.

The knowledge and skills in relation to the 3 main areas of perioperative practice; anaesthesia, surgery and post-operative care are introduced, developed and enhanced over the duration of the course. Professional issues, research awareness and the management of operative care delivery are also explored.

This course will also aid in developing you as a person as team building is part of the course to ensure personal development and team work. The student cohort is a diverse group of students from various backgrounds and nationalities.

Your academic staff are visible in practice and have an active involvement in professional organisations. They are all members of the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) and the The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP).

We're one of only 26 universities in the UK to offer ODP as a degree course.


In order to prepare you for this course the following sources may prove useful:

  • College of Operating Department Practitioners at:
  • Davey, A. and Ince, C. S. (2000) Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice London, Greenwich Medical Media Limited.
  • Woodhead, K. Wicker, P. (2005) A Textbook of Perioperative Care (2nd Edition) London, Churchill Livingstone.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Industry Links

This course has strong links at clinical practice in various Trusts.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will learn through a variety of settings including lectures, demonstrations, group activities (eg. discussion, role-play), personal development planning (PDP), problem solving, case studies and web-based resources. Learning in the clinical environment is central to the course and integral to your development. Therefore in this setting you will be observing, shadowing, practising under supervision and participating in daily activity.

Theory assessment is by written assignments, presentations, oral viva and examinations. Clinical practice will be assessed through the completion of a skills schedule and the production of a supporting portfolio of evidence.


You will have the opportunity for international travel and work experience. Negotiations are currently taking place for links in Norway and Sweden.

On successful completion of this course, you will have a qualification for employment within operating departments and are eligible for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You could go onto a career in the NHS or private practice and there are good opportunities to work abroad with a UK ODP degree.