BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

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UCAS Code:B991
Course Length:3 Years Full Time
Start Dates:April 2015, September 2015, April 2016, September 2016, April 2017
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Armstrong House, Manchester
Edge Hill University
  • Train to provide high standards of care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of hospital patients’ treatment;
  • Join a subject area at Edge Hill University ranked top in the North West for learning resources and in the top two in the North West for assessment and feedback in the National Student Survey 2013;
  • Graduate eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a qualified Operating Department Practitioner.

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are important members of the perioperative team. They work in an exciting and dynamic environment, providing care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a patient’s hospital treatment. The role requires practitioners to have in-depth knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, illness and disease, surgical and anaesthetic procedures, legal and ethical issues, and teamwork.

This programme will equip you with the skills required to care for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia. It enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified ODP. You can choose to study at the main Edge Hill University campus or our Manchester city centre location.

Student Profiles

  • Paul Kenny

    BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
    From day one you are building your reputation with future employers and becoming part of the theatre environment.
  • Angela Manning

    BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
    Once I graduate I plan to take on the role of an ODP and continue to achieve my goals within the perioperative environment.
  • Roseleen Walsh

    BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
    We all have something to offer and you will get out of this course exactly what you want if you are prepared to work. The support is certainly there and the rewards are amazing.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will study a wide range of subjects including health, anatomy and physiology, social sciences, perioperative care, communication, drug calculations, perioperative skills and procedures, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Year 1 modules cover issues including maintaining health and safety in clinical practice, applied anatomy and physiology in perioperative practice and an introduction to the principles of perioperative practice.

In Year 2 you will look at research and evidence based practice, the holistic perspectives of care in all three perioperative areas, surgical, anaesthetics and recovery. There is also a focus on applied pharmacology in perioperative practice, studying the drugs used, their effects and contra-indications.

In Year 3, you will build on and enhance your knowledge and skills from the previous two years, critically reflecting and analysing complex perioperative issues, emergency and trauma situations and some enhanced roles. In addition to the above programme specific modules, you will also study a set of inter-professional modules alongside student nurses, midwives and social workers. By studying common issues together you will gain a unique insight into the perspectives of other professionals.

This programme is commissioned by the NHS and therefore adheres closely to the NHS’ six core values. These values, enshrined within the NHS Constitution, have been developed by patients, the public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS, guide it in the 21st century, and provide common ground for cooperation in achieving shared aspirations. Further information about the core values can be found at >

How will I study?

The course is 60% practice and 40% theory. Class sessions are normally in blocks of one or two weeks followed by the necessary weeks of practice. When you are studying in practice, you will be working in a Trust in Merseyside, East Cheshire or Greater Manchester. We will endeavour, where possible, to place you in a Trust near to where you live.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the programme. Theoretical assessments can consist of exams, written assignments, oral presentations, VIVAs, oral examinations, and practical based exams called OSCEs. Practical assessments take place in the workplace and in the clinical skills facilities.

Who will be teaching me?

Experienced tutors with a background in ODP will be teaching on this programme, alongside practice facilitators and mentors in the workplace.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Operating Department PracticeThe Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building at the Edge Hill University campus provides outstanding teaching and learning resources.

The leading edge clinical skills facilities include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature, to ensure your learning experience is as realistic as possible.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care building also houses ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.

These facilities are complemented by a further modern, clinical skills facility at Armstrong House in central Manchester, which houses an extensive clinical simulation suite, including a mock operating theatre, simulated ambulance bay and clinical skills stations. Armstrong House also has an open plan library and extensive IT facilities.

Edge Hill University has excellent relationships with NHS hospital and community trusts, enabling us to offer practice-based learning opportunities across a variety of care contexts, with placements at over 600 locations in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The faculty is also home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

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Year 1

PUP1144 Inter-Professional Learning: Professional Roles, Interaction and Collaboration (20 credits)

Inter-Professional Learning: Professional Roles, Interaction and Collaboration is designed to enable you to develop your own specific professional identity, underpinned by professional values and supported by a personal development plan. You will work and learn together to develop knowledge, understanding and skills for interaction and collaboration with service users and professionals.

PUP1145 Practice Learning: Developing Proficiency (40 credits)

Practice Learning: Developing Proficiency will develop your proficiency in accordance with the requirements of the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body. The module will offer you a range of practical and professional experiences to develop and acquire key skills which are underpinned by professional knowledge.

PUP1152 Maintaining Safety in Perioperative Practice (20 credits)

Maintaining Safety in Perioperative Practice enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of basic operating department practice. You will be introduced to key health and safety issues in the perioperative environment. These will include infection control, policies and procedures, moving and handling and risk management of yourself and others.

PUP1153 Introduction to the Principles of Perioperative Practice (20 credits)

Introduction to the Principles of Perioperative Practice enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of some of the principles relating to perioperative practice. You will be introduced to some of the key concepts associated with safe perioperative care. These include a broad understanding of how both the perioperative environment and the role of the ODP can impact on the holistic care of the patient.

PUP1162 Application of Anatomy and Physiology in Perioperative Practice (20 credits)

Application of Anatomy and Physiology in Perioperative Practice introduces you to the concepts of anatomy and physiology and its application in the three phases of perioperative practice. You will study the systems of the human body and the physiology in relation to perioperative procedures experienced in clinical practice. You will also be introduced to the appropriate terminology to underpin and aid your knowledge and understanding of perioperative practice.

Year 2

PUP2168D Inter-Professional Learning: Understanding Service (20 credits)

Inter-Professional Learning: Understanding Service  will support you in developing a wider understanding of your own and other professionals roles in health and social care provision. The module will help you to appreciate the causes of tensions and conflicts. In addition, the prevention of inter-professional conflict and conflict resolution will be introduced and you will develop basic skills in management and leadership.

PUP2169 Practice Learning: Enhancing Proficiency (40 credits)

Practice Learning: Enhancing Proficiency will continue to enhance your competence/proficiency in accordance with the requirements of the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB). The module will consolidate your skills in relation to your clinical and professional practice and reflect your programme’s specific requirements for practice learning.

PUP2194 Applied Pharmacology in Perioperative Practice (20 credits)

Applied Pharmacology in Perioperative Practice is intended to enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of drugs used in the perioperative setting. You will be introduced to basic anaesthetic drugs and agents which are used routinely in operating theatres on a day-to-day basis. This will include uses, main actions and routes of administration, toxicity and side effects.

PUP2195 Holistic Perspectives in Perioperative Care (20 credits)

Holistic Perspectives in Perioperative Care is intended to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in providing holistic care for patients across the age spectrum in all aspects of perioperative care. The module will develop your knowledge in relation to life, disease and pathological processes and explore how this impacts upon patient care at various stages of life.

PUP2196 Appraising Research in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Appraising Research in Health and Social Care introduces you to the core methods which underpin quantitative and qualitative research designs and the application of research evidence to practice. You will develop an understanding of the research process and the need for an evidence base to guide decision making in health and social care practice and enhance your skills in information retrieval, data organisation and evaluation. You will be introduced to literature searching, the research process, quantitative and qualitative research methods and research dissemination.

Year 3

PUP3135D Inter-Professional Learning: Preparing for the Professional Role (30 credits)

InterProfessional Learning: Preparing for the Professional Role is designed to ensure you are increasingly able to evaluate how effective inter-professional working practices can enhance the quality of provision of health and social care services. You will focus on collaborative service improvement for enhanced client safety and will facilitate the development of higher levels of communication, management and leadership skills. The module will equip you with the necessary ability to be an autonomous professional, who can critically evaluate and challenge and be able to work within a diversity of professional and basic managerial situations.

PUP3137 Practice Learning: Achieving Proficiency (40 credits)

Practice Learning: Achieving Proficiency will enable you to achieve competence / proficiency in accordance with the requirements of the Professional Statutory Regulatory Body. The module will offer you a range of practical and professional experiences to achieve proficiency in key skills which are underpinned by professional knowledge. You will be prepared to work safely in practice based professions and equipped with the skills to meet the needs of various service users across different care settings.

PUP3143 Management of Complex Clinical Issues within the Perioperative Environment (20 credits)

Management of Complex Clinical Issues within the Perioperative Environment prepares you to participate in the safe delivery of care at all stages of the patient’s perioperative journey. The module will place particular emphasis on the management of emergency and clinically complex cases.

PUP3151 The Role of Enhanced Scrub Practitioner (30 credits)

The Role of Enhanced Scrub Practitioner enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of enhanced scrub practice, utilising an evidence-based approach. You will be introduced to key concepts in relation to the rights and wellbeing of patients in surgical care. These include preparing and maintaining a safe and appropriate surgical environment for a diverse range of patients, and acknowledging and implementing appropriate risk management strategies.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 280 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS levels that haven’t been continued to A2, and General Studies AS/A2 awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this degree, you will gain eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. This is a legal requirement that permits you to practice as a registered Operating Department Practitioner.

Once registered by the Health and Care Professions Council you will be able to apply for jobs as a registered practitioner in operating theatres. You can then progress your career in various directions, including advanced clinical jobs, educational, research or management positions in your area of expertise.


Tuition Fees

If you are a UK or eligible EU student joining this degree in academic years 2014/15 or 2015/16, you can expect your tuition fees to be paid by the Department of Health upon successful application to the NHS Business Services Authority.

Financial Support

If you are a UK or EU student joining this degree in academic years 2014/15 or 2015/16, you may be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary, a non-means-tested NHS grant, and a Maintenance Loan from the Government.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry:


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective pre-registration health and social care students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


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