Operating Department Practice BSc, 3 years, full-time

Start date:

2020

ODPs play a crucial role in a patient’s care – working alongside nurses, doctors and anaesthetists from the lead up to surgery right through to recovery. This degree, which two intakes each year in April and September, covers all aspects of the job, setting you up for a career out in the field.

UCAS code
B991

Contact
+44 (0)116 2523045
odpeducation@le.ac.uk

ODP Education
Room 2.51
George Davies Centre
The University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 9HN

Operating Department Practice Education website

Course description

Course description

The University of Leicester is the major provider for ODP training in the East Midlands/ You can choose to study in Nottingham, Northampton, Kettering, Chesterfield, Derby, Boston or Leicester

This Operating Department Practice BSc combines academic and work-based learning as we believe that this is the best way to develop students who are well-equipped to meet the needs of future employers.

Registered Operating Department Practitioners provide high standards of patient care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of the perioperative period. Your role will involve the application of theory to practice in a variety of clinical settings.

You will be part of a professional group of learners who have opportunities open to them for lifelong learning in this field. This course will enable you to translate the philosophy of care into practice and become a safe, competent practitioner, working in multidisciplinary teams, accepting diverse roles and remaining aware of professional responsibilities.

ODP education at the University of Leicester has been established for over 40 years, working closely with a group of approved placement hospitals. This ensures that all aspects of the course provide the necessary educational opportunities and experience to develop your clinical skills in preparation for future employment as a Registered ODP.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs: 3 passes A*-C/ 4 and above (or equivalent), including Maths and English
  • A-levels: BBC (or equivalent)
  • Access to HE Diploma: 112 UCAS points, including 45 credits at level 3 and minimum 15 at Distinction, in a health-related subject
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass relevant Diploma (preferably in a health-related subject) with DMM

Please note: Advice and feedback on whether you meet the entry criteria can only be provided after we have received your application.

If you receive an offer of a place on the course, this will be subject to occupational health clearance and a DBS check (for which there is an associated cost).

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results. Suitable applicants will be invited for interview.

Criminal Records Check (DBS)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As part of the course entry requirements you must provide the university with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The university will bear the cost for this and will provide successful applicants with details of how to obtain their DBS certificate prior to the start of the course.

Checks can take 4-6 weeks to complete, so please complete your application as soon as possible after you have received instructions from us, to make sure that you receive your DBS Certificate by the beginning of term. If you will not be in the country on or shortly after the results day, you can consider carrying out the DBS application early but bear in mind that if you do not achieve your required results you may not be given a place on the course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in September 2020 or April 2021

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2019/20 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in September 2020 or April 2021

  • £29,725 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The BSc in ODP is recognised as an eligible qualification to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Operating Department Practitioner which entitles you to apply for employment positions as an ODP.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Demand for Operating Department Practitioners is high. There are many opportunities for continuing employment, professional development and advancement within the NHS and the independent healthcare sector.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are superb: our ODP course has a 100% employability rate.

Work placements around the East Midlands account for about 70% of the course, providing the necessary experiences to develop your clinical skills and experience real life scenarios.

Small teaching groups ensure high quality teaching – which may be why the NSS consistently lists us in the top three providers of ODP education.

Our ODP degree is recognised as an eligible qualification to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Operating Department Practitioner which entitles you to apply for employment positions as an ODP.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, small group work, supervised practice, self-study and reflective learning. We will help you integrate theory and practice and ensure that you develop personally as well as professionally. We adopt a progressive approach to learning so that your skills are acquired at an appropriate pace.

In addition, you will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • 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.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Start Dates Availability
Course Operating Department Practice Qualification BSc Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code B991 Start Dates April and September each year Availability Apply Now