Faculty of Health Sciences

Operating Department Practice

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B990

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice

  • Identifying the Needs of the Surgical Patient - Practice Module

  • Evidence Based Practice in the Perioperative Arena

  • Surgical/Anaesthetic Intervention and It's Impact Upon the Patient - Practice Module

  • Personal and Professional Development in Operating Department Practice

  • Management and Organisation of the Surgical/Anaesthetic Event - Practice Module

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Enhancing Intra-Operative Intervention

  • Enhanced Intra-Operative Practice - Practice Module

  • Enhancing Pre-Operative and Anaesthetic Intervention

  • Enhanced Pre-Operative and Anaethetic Practice - Practice Module

  • Enhancing Post-Operative/Post Anaesthetic Intervention

  • Enhanced Post-Operative/Post Anaesthetic Practice - Practice Module

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Advanced Practice in Context

  • Consolodation of Practice

  • Independent Project

  • Clinical Leadership

  • Contextualising Advanced Roles in Healthcare

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More about this course

This course has been designed with a predominantly clinical focus in collaboration with local NHS trusts and Hull is one of a select few higher education institutions offering ODP at degree level. Operating Department Practice students spend 60% of their time caring for patients before, during and after surgery on clinical placements; and 40% studying on campus.

ODPs predominantly work in the operating theatre environment, although their transferable skills, knowledge base and expertise are utilised in a broad range of critical care areas such as intensive care units or on resuscitation teams. Through the academic dimension of the course, you will gain key, valuable theoretical skills which you will apply in a working environment.



First year



Second year


Final year



Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE – English and Maths – Grade 4 or C or above
  • Must have reached the age of 18 by the start of the programme

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with a minimum of 30 credits at Level 3, all at distinction grade
  • Advanced apprenticeship in Health and Social Care plus an A level at grade C (or 32 Tariff points) or above, plus GCSE English and Maths at grade C or equivalent alternatives
  • NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, plus completion of the University Study Skills module at level 4 (20 Credits)
  • Alternative maths – Functional Skills L2 Maths
  • University of Hull Certificate in Practice Skills for Health and Social Care (60 credits at Level 4 in appropriate subjects)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

Fees and funding

Future Prospects

A career in operating department practice is exciting, rewarding, challenging and demanding with many varied opportunities for personal development and role diversity. Operating Department Practitioners have the opportunity, post-registration, to develop their careers in specialist clinical settings. Opportunities also exist for work within the independent health care sector or overseas.

The perioperative environment is dynamic and in line with the government agenda 'New Ways of Working'. Once you have gained sufficient education and clinical experience you may wish to consider the extended roles of physician’s assistant (anaesthesia) or surgical care practitioner.

Further opportunities exist within the healthcare sector including management and educational roles.