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Undergraduate

BSc Operating Department Practice

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are vital members of the surgical team who care for patients before, during and after surgery.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

B990

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Start date

Course overview

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) work as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of surgical theatre specialities. You’ll gain high-quality clinical skills in anaesthetic, surgical and post-operative/anaesthetic care.

You'll learn in the cutting-edge facilities of our award-winning new Allam Medical Building on this programme which boasts a 100% employability rating†.

Designed in collaboration with local NHS trusts and private healthcare providers, this course has a strong clinical focus – to meet the growing demand for ODPs both locally and nationally.

Six reasons to study Operating Department Practice at Hull

  1. Learn in the award-winning Allam Medical Building#
  2. 100% graduate employability rating
  3. Graduates can apply to become registered ODPs
  4. Health and Care Professions Council approved
  5. 60/40 split between placements and classes
  6. Train in our simulated ward, theatre and ICU

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Core

    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. 

    Identifying the Needs of the Surgical Patient - Practice Module

    You will be supervised at all times by a mentor allowing exposure to specific activities ensuring safe practice. 

    Evidence-Based Practice in the Perioperative Arena

    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. 

    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. 

    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 in a range of clinical settings. 

Second year modules

  • Core

    Enhancing Intra-Operative Intervention

    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

    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

    Consider practice-based knowledge during the pre-operative and anaesthetic event. Previous exposure and clinical experiences will be developed, enhancing your competence and confidence.

    Enhanced Pre-Operative and Anaesthetic Practice - Practice Module

    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. 

    Enhanced Post-Operative/Post Anaesthetic Practice - Practice Module

    While caring for immediate post-operative patients, you will consider the impact of preoperative, anaesthetic and intra-operative procedures. 

Final year modules

  • Core

    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. 

    Consolidation of Practice

    This module emphasises self-directed autonomous practice, future employment opportunities and identification of activity towards continual professional development (CPD).

    Independent Project

    You'll combine theory and practice to produce a work portfolio outlining a project that is of value to patients, members of the multidisciplinary team or both.

    Clinical Leadership

    You'll evaluate leadership traits, change management and health policy to justify areas of improvement in service provision.

    Contextualising Advanced Roles in Healthcare

    You’ll learn the principles of role enhancement and augmented skills against the backdrop of government health policy in the perioperative arena and beyond. You’ll do this by exploring the nature of extended and enhanced roles and how they impact service provision.​

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

How you'll study

To meet HCPC requirements, this is a full-time 3 year programme. This is organised over 45 scheduled weeks of study and three trimesters per year, with additional time scheduled for assessment and holidays.

Overall workload

40%

Theory

60%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split between 40% theory and 60% practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building and placement learning in NHS Trusts and other perioperative environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by operating department academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

40%

Theory

60%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split between 40% theory and 60% practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building and placement learning in NHS Trusts and other perioperative environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by operating department academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

40%

Theory

60%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split between 40% theory and 60% practice. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building and placement learning in NHS Trusts and other perioperative environments is integral to this programme.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by operating department academics, practice educators and mentors.

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Entry requirements

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 

Applicants should also have

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

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with a minimum of 45 Level 3 credits at merit
  • 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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Take a 360-degree look at the realistic simulated operating theatre in our award-winning Allam Medical Building.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£17,200 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Operating department practitioner

By the end of your course, you’ll be ready to undertake the responsibilities of a health practitioner.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions overseas, in private practice, in the social services, the pharmaceutical industry, the armed forces or the prison service.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

#The Allam Medical Building won the 'Buildings That Inspire' category in The Guardian’s University Awards 2018

†Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018