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BSc (Hons)

Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practitioner - Level 6
3 years
September 2024

The Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) pre-registration course will prepare you for demanding clinical practice, promoting continuous improvement in care delivery and continuing with your learning beyond registration.

Why study with us

  • Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire is ranked 3rd in the North West for academic support - National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to work in operating departments and be eligible to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and anatomy labs.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

With a Degree Apprenticeship you get a great qualification and a career boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn.

You’ll grow and nurture your talent through the forward-thinking businesses we collaborate with to offer a Degree Apprenticeship.

Who is this course for?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are registered healthcare professionals specialising in caring for people of all ages before, during and after surgery. ODPs mainly work in operating departments.

You’ll want to work alongside other professionals (such as doctors and nurses) and take a lead role in ensuring a patient is safe during each stage of a patient’s journey through the operating theatre.

What you'll do

  • You’ll be taught by highly experienced clinicians and academics who carry out research and additional studies.
  • The course places great emphasis on practical learning, which is central to your development.
  • You’ll assist surgeons and anaesthetists, with 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.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


Professional qualifications

Successful apprentices can apply to the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as an Operating Department Practitioner, which is a requirement to practice under the protected title of Operating Department Practitioner.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

    We offer a range of support and services to help all apprentices, but you may need a little extra assistance if you have been in Local Authority care and don’t have support from your parents. Find out more about our Care Leaver Bursary for our Degree Apprentice students.

    Find out more about Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

Information for employers

An apprentice is employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our campuses or training centres.

This course meets Apprenticeship Standards and your apprentice will have the knowledge and skills to either succeed in their chosen career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

Benefits to the employer

  • Successful apprentices will continually improve outcomes for patients, through their own continuous professional development.
  • If you have a pay bill of over £3m, you’re required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy at 0.5% of pay bill to HMRC. This pays for training and assessment (not wages) by government-approved providers.
  • You’ll get bright students with the core skills, knowledge and work-readiness to help contribute to your business.

This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page