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Operating Department Practice

BSc (Hons)

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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 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English 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 check.

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

Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Jan 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester B990 £9,250 £14,700
Jan 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester B990

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).

Students on Health and Social Care Advanced Professional Practice course looking at the gauge of a blood pressure monitor

Learn from experts in their field

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

Lecturer Keith Bromwich on the Paramedic Science course showing the fake cadaver to a student

Connect with the industry

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

Patient in a CT scanner


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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