Operating Department Practice Apprenticeship
3 years, full-time
ODPs are registered specialist practitioners in the operating department, their crucial role combining technical and caring skills to deliver the best possible patient care. This degree apprenticeship is run in partnership with the NHS and other healthcare providers. You will be employed and paid a salary by them during the programme.
Accredited by the College of Operating Department Practitioners and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
In the 2021 National Student Survey, 94% of our ODP students were satisfied with their course, placing us in the top 5 of mainstream HE providers of ODP education
Teaching and learning
The Operating Department Practice BSc is a vocational degree, designed to maximise your experience.
Unlike a typical degree, which runs over three terms or two semesters with a long summer break, this degree runs full time for 48 weeks each year (total 114 weeks) with annual leave entitlement. You can start the course in April or September.
Over the three years you will spend 30 weeks in the classroom. The rest of the time is spent undertaking your practical clinical placements and self-directed study.
The course is divided in to 15 modules covering key areas, including biological sciences, principles of peri-operative care, operating department technology and the legal, ethical and professional issues that affect clinical practice.
We use a variety of learning methods, including classroom sessions, private study and critical evaluation, as well as experiential learning and reflective practice. You will be assessed through practicals, student assignments, presentations, projects as well as examinations.
Along with classroom study, you will work with real patients and expert ODP teams, allowing you to get varied and detailed experience. This wealth of first-hand experience will enable you to develop and enhance your clinical skills and confidence.
About 65% of your course time is spent on clinical placement at one of our Clinical Placement Partner Hospitals. Clinical experience is crucial to develop your all round skills as a future ODP. As an Apprentice your clinical placement will likely to be with your direct employer.
We work with our hospitals to provide high quality, supportive placements where you as will be mentored, taught, supervised and assessed.
Clinical placement provides you with many varied experiences that will ensure you are ready for employment; these include:
Experiences as part of working Operating Department Teams
Caring for patients from all backgrounds and ages
Opportunities to experience a range of surgical specialities
Exposure to routine, trauma and emergency surgery
Meeting other students and professional colleagues with lots of experience
Patient contact from first semester
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
- Leicester General Hospital
- Glenfield General Hospital
- Peterborough District Hospital
- Hinchingbrooke Hospital
- Stamford Hospital
- Royal Derby Hospital
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital
- Pilgrim Hospital Boston
- Grantham District Hospital
- Queens Medical Centre
- Nottingham City Hospital
- Northampton General Hospital
- Kettering General Hospital
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Our Centre for Academic Achievement provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
This is a very challenging course but every day is rewarding – you cannot get better than that.