Faculty of Health Sciences

Operating Department Practice

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B990

What you'll study

This is a three-year full-time course which has been developed by the University of Hull in collaboration with the local NHS trusts and meets the growing demand for perioperative healthcare professionals in this area.

The programme consists of 17 compulsory modules (9 theoretical and 8 practice modules). Each module is assessed and the successful completion of all modules is necessary to attract the professional award. This innovative and challenging programme has been approved by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified Operating Department Practitioner with the HCPC.

Post-registration students accessing modules must be registered with either the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Practice is an integral part of the programme and will be assessed during placements. While on clinical placement, you will be taught and supported by experienced practitioners, with time also set aside for study. Placements are undertaken within Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

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.


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Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

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.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

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.