Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

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 50% of your time in clinical practice gaining hands-on experience and 50% will be spent in the classroom, including using our high specification clinical skills labs with interactive simulators creating realistic learning experiences.

Why study this course?

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 7.0 with no score less than 7.0
GCSE: English and Maths at grade C/4 or FS2/KS3. 

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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.

Course Overview

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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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..

Exciting Opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will have a qualification for employment within operating departments and are eligible to apply  for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Operating Department Practitioner.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Health Sciences
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
or email us at: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk | Book a visit

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.