BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Train to provide high standards of care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of hospital patients' treatment and graduate eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (April 2020 entry only).

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    UCAS Code: B991
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
    Start Dates: April 2020
    Subjects: Operating Department Practice
    Location: Edge Hill University
    St James', Manchester
    Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    Please note, this information applies to students joining BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice in April 2020 only. The programme is closed to further applications for April 2020 entry at Edge Hill University but remains open to applications for study at St James’ in Manchester.

    If you are interested in joining this degree in September 2020 or subsequent intake dates, please see

    Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are important members of the perioperative team. They work in a specialist 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. You will be equipped with the skills required to care for patients undergoing surgery and anaesthesia and completion of the programme will enable you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified ODP. You can choose to study at the Edge Hill University campus or St James’, our Manchester City Centre location.

    Student and Alumni Profiles

    • 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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    • 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.
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    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, as well as an introduction to surgery and anaesthetics and an overview of basic pharmacology.

    In Year 2 you will examine research and evidence based practice, care of patients of differing age ranges, and an introduction to recovery which includes the study of drugs used, their effects and contraindications.

    In Year 3 you will build on and enhance your knowledge and skills from the previous two years, critically reflecting on and analysing complex perioperative issues, emergency and trauma situations. You will study and practice enhanced roles in both anaesthetics and scrub while consolidating your basic skills and competencies in all three perioperative areas. An analysis of leadership, management and the professional role will also equip you for registration and professional practice.

    This programme adheres closely to the six core values of the NHS. 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. While the majority of classes will take place at either Edge Hill University or St James’, some modules may involve studying at other sites in which case you will be responsible for travel and parking costs.

    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, however you will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

    As operating departments are accessible 24 hours a day you will be required to work at weekends, evenings and night time as well as through the day.

    How will I be assessed?

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

    Who will be teaching me?

    The main teaching team for this programme are experienced tutors with an extensive background in perioperative care. In addition, anaesthetists, perioperative practitioners, practice facilitators, workplace mentors and other academic members of staff will be involved in elements of teaching and assessment. The programme team will support you through the provision of a module leader, personal tutor and link teacher who are able to offer academic and pastoral support as required.

    A Great Study Environment

    Student operating department practitioners monitor a patient on a hospital trolley.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine 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, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

    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.

    These facilities are complemented by a further modern, clinical skills facility at St James’ in Manchester City Centre, which houses an extensive clinical simulation suite, including a mock operating theatre, simulated ambulance bay and clinical skills stations. St James’ also has an open plan library and IT facilities. Further information about St James’, including an image gallery, can be found at

    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

    PUP1145Practice 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.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PUP1156Infection Control and Safety Aspects of Perioperative Care (20 credits)

    Infection Control and Safety Aspects of Perioperative Care 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.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

    PUP1157Fundamental Principles of Surgery and Anaesthetic Practice (20 credits)

    Fundamental Principles of Surgery and Anaesthetic Practice enables you to develop your 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 anaesthetic and surgical care. These include a broad understanding of how both the perioperative environment and the role of the ODP can impact on the quality of the patient undergoing surgery and their confidence in the service. Some of the key topics explored in the module will include perioperative journey, perioperative communication, basic principles of surgery and anaesthetics.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP1158Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Perioperative Care (20 credits)

    Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Perioperative Care recognises that safe and effective delivery of patient care is dependent on practitioners who understand the legal, ethical and social issues that impact on perioperative practice. This module provides you with the knowledge and understanding of these key areas to empower you to act as an advocate to the perioperative patient.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP1162Application 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.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

    Year 2

    PUP2169Practice 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.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PUP2196Appraising 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.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP2230Principles of Post-Anaesthetic Care (20 credits)

    Principles of Post-Anaesthetic Care enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of post-anaesthesia recovery. The core elements of the module include assessment and management of the airway/breathing; assessment and management of circulation. assessment of level of consciousness, assessment and management of postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, monitoring during recovery, intravenous access and fluid balance, applied knowledge of pharmacology in perioperative care, managing recovery emergencies. and post-surgical care. This module will also cover some aspects of maintaining health and safety and clinical governance, as well as safeguarding and child protection issues.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

    PUP2231Principles and Management of Specific Patient Groups in the Perioperative Environment (20 credits)

    Principles and Management of Specific Patient Groups in the Perioperative Environment enables you to develop your knowledge and skills in providing care for patients across the age spectrum in all aspects of perioperative care. The module enhances your awareness relating to life, disease and pathological processes and will explore how this impacts upon patient care at various stages of life. It is designed to reaffirm knowledge relating to patient assessment whilst developing an analytical and evidence base for effective patient assessment, implementation and evaluation of care.

    Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

    PUP2232Clinical Governance (20 credits)

    Clinical Governance will support you in developing a wider understanding of the roles of both yourself and other professionals working in health and social care provision. You will gain an appreciation of the causes of tensions and conflicts. In addition, the prevention of inter-professional conflict and conflict resolution will be introduced and you will be guided in developing basic skills of management and leadership.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    Year 3

    PUP3137Practice 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.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PUP3151The 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.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PUP3160Emergency Care in the Perioperative Environment (30 credits)

    Emergency Care in the Perioperative Environment will prepare you to participate in the safe delivery of care at all stages of the patient’s perioperative journey. Particular emphasis will be placed on the management of emergency and clinically complex cases.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    PUP3161Leadership in Perioperative Practice (20 credits)

    Leadership in Perioperative Practice will further your ability to evaluate how effective inter-professional working practices are able to enrich the quality of health and social care services provided. The module will focus on collaborative service improvement for the enhancement of client safety and will facilitate the development of higher levels of communication, management and leadership skills.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.


    Timetables are normally available one month prior to enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

    Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application. An interview forms part of the selection process.

    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 examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BCC-BBC;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

    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 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level 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

    Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

    Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

    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’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    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 academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    There is a high demand for operating department practitioners within the UK. As such, employment prospects for those that successfully complete the programme and register as ODPs are excellent. Following registration as an Operating Department Practitioner not only will you be well placed to apply for a job as a registered practitioner in operating theatres, but there are also fantastic opportunities to progress your career in various directions, including advanced clinical roles, educational research or management positions in your chosen area of expertise.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. With effect from September 2020, this will include a grant of at least £5,000 per annum for new and continuing Operating Department Practice students.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at


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    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


    How to Apply

    Apply online through UCAS at

    Visit to find out more about the application process.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

    If you are interested in studying at St James’ in Manchester, you may also wish to attend an open event at our Manchester city centre location. You can view dates and book your place at our St James’ events at

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

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    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from April 2020 entry.

    21st January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    The previous requirement for at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) has been revised to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) only.