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Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

What is Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are registered health professionals trained specifically to work with the operating department and associated areas. ODPs are a vital part of the operating department team. They’re responsible for delivering safe, high-quality care to surgical patients during the three phases of perioperative care – anaesthesia, surgery and PACU perioperative care setting.

You’ll learn to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team alongside nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists, healthcare support workers and other professionals. When you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the HCPC and practise as an Operating Department Practitioner.

Study style

You’ll study the core subjects of anatomy, physiology, and pathology in order to apply these to clinical situations. You’ll learn to work with specialist equipment and develop high levels of technical skills in managing patients throughout the preoperative care setting.

We use a blended learning approach across university teaching and clinical practice. Approximately 50% of the course is spent in clinical placement settings under the supervision of clinical mentors who support you through the programme. You’ll have the opportunity to put theory into practice using state-of-the-art facilities to support your clinical skills. You’ll use simulation equipment to develop your clinical skills in a safe environment.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level..

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic IELTS at 7.0 with no element below 6.5 in all sections of the test.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire. Students applying for this course may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides a non-repayable training grant of £5,000 per academic year, plus an additional £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility. An additional £1,000 allowance is available for students studying a specialist subject. Contact our Money Advice Team for further information.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Jan 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester B990 £9,250 £15,000
Jan 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester B990 £9,250 £15,450
Jan 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester B990 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • the NHS or privately as an Operating Department Practitioner
  • education
  • research
  • another country.

Industry links

We have a close working relationship with local healthcare providers (NHS and private) who support a range of healthcare placements. We aim to support the development a sustainable local workforce to meet the staffing needs of health employers in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Study a course developed with local providers

Developed in partnership with our local healthcare providers – the course is currently seeking validation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Learn from experts in their field

You’ll learn from accomplished and accredited lecturers with extensive knowledge of the health and social care field.

Connect with the industry

Take advantage of our close working relationship with local healthcare providers in the South West.


Your studies will include clinical placements through the three year programme to give you a diverse experience of patient care – preparing you for your future career as an ODP. You’ll work closely with clinical mentors who support your learning in the practice setting.

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