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Faculty of Health Sciences

Operating Department Practice

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B990

What you'll study

Study in the advanced facilities of our Health Campus to qualify as an operating department practitioner.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice

    Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of operating department practice, allowing you to consider your role as a healthcare professional. Clinical experiences will be developed enhancing your competence and confidence within a diversity of practice settings.

  • Identifying the Needs of the Surgical Patient - Practice Module

    Identify the needs of the surgical patient within a range of clinical settings to enhance your clinical competence and confidence. You will be supervised at all times by a mentor allowing exposure to specific activities ensuring safe practice. Working within the multi-disciplinary team will create a problem-solving approach to care, facilitating the integration of theory to practice.

  • Evidence Based Practice in the Perioperative Arena

    This module will provide an opportunity to consider your practice within the perioperative area. The evidence base underpinning practice is the central theme for this module and the research process will be explored. You'll demonstrate digital literacy skills accessing a range of literature that informs practice, policy and procedure.

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

    Organise and manage the needs of the patient during the perioperative period within a range of clinical settings. You will be supervised at all times by a mentor, allowing exposure to specific activities ensuring safe practice. Working within the multi-disciplinary team will create a problem-solving approach to care, facilitating the integration of theory to practice.

  • Personal and Professional Development in Operating Department Practice

    Engage in the process of self-reflection within a selected patient safety scenario or personal development experience from clinical practice. You'll experience a process of self-analysis and assessment, exploring areas of further development within the context of your professional role.

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

    This module provides you with the opportunity to organise and manage the needs of the patient during the perioperative period, within a range of clinical settings. You will be supervised at all times within clinical practice by a mentor, allowing exposure to specific activities and ensuring safe practice.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Enhancing Intra-Operative Intervention

    Examine the varied approaches to surgical intervention, including biophysical sciences and advancing technology within the intraoperative phase. You'll develop your understanding of quality care within the surgical environment and its impact on the patient, significant others and organisation.

  • Enhanced Intra-Operative Practice - Practice Module

    By working in the perioperative clinical setting with the multidisciplinary team, you will develop your knowledge, understanding and practice skills to apply and analyse problem solving approaches, relating to various stages of patients' surgical/ intraoperative phases.

  • Enhancing Pre-Operative and Anaesthetic Intervention

    This module gives you the opportunity to consider practice-based knowledge during the pre-operative and anaesthetic event. Previous exposure and clinical experiences will be developed enhancing your competence and confidence within a diversity of settings, allowing enhanced application of theory to practice.

  • Enhanced Pre-Operative and Anaesthetic Practice - Practice Module

    By working in the perioperative clinical setting with the multidisciplinary team, you will develop your knowledge, understanding and practice skills to apply and analyse in-depth problem-solving approaches, relating to various stages of the patients' pre-operative and anaesthetic care.

  • Enhancing Post-Operative/Post Anaesthetic Intervention

    Build on your knowledge to discuss and analyse the needs of the post anaesthetic/ surgical patient in relation to the biological sciences, pathological processes, technology and therapeutic interventions. You'll consider the needs of the patient to plan, assess and evaluate their immediate post-operative/ anaesthetic care.

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

    Whilst caring for immediate post-operative patients you will consider the impact of preoperative, anaesthetic and intra-operative procedures. This will allow you to develop your practical skills, knowledge and understanding to manage stages of varied post-surgical/ post anaesthetic critical patient events.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Advanced Practice in Context

    By participating in enhanced clinical skills such as airway management and the surgical first assistant role, you'll further develop your clinical practice knowledge. You'll also gain an understanding of the legal and professional limitations/boundaries of a registered practitioner.

  • Consolodation of Practice

  • Independent Project

    The independent project will allow you to identify and select an area of practice to explore. You'll combine theory and practice to produce a work portfolio outlining a project with is of value to patients and/or members of the multidisciplinary team.

  • Clinical Leadership

    This module will allow you to Integrate taught leadership theory and apply it to a practice quality initiative. This will be achieved through the evaluation of leadership traits, change management and health policy, to justify areas of improvement in service provision.

  • Contextualising Advanced Roles in Healthcare

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More about this course

We're one of a select few universities offering operating department practice at degree level. Designed in collaboration with local NHS trusts, our course has a clinical focus in order to meet the growing demand for perioperative healthcare professionals in the area.

  • Learn in the superb facilities of our Health Campus, with its simulated hospital wards and operating theatres.
  • 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Spend 60% of your time caring for patients on clinical placements and 40% studying on campus. Our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Excellent career opportunities across the UK’s NHS trusts.

Operating Department Practitioners predominantly work in the operating theatre environment. But their transferable skills and expertise are useful in a range of critical care areas. On graduation, you'll be eligible to register as a qualified operating department practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

17%

83%

Second year

100%

Final year

9%

91%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Allam Medical Building Hull Campus

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

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100% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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

Our one-year, part-time programme, the University Certificate in Health Social Care Practice can be taken prior to the BSc if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 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.

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 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.