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Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

London South Bank University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    LSBU Main Site - Southwark Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This course combines academic study and clinical practice, providing you with the opportunity to gain experience in a real world environment. You'll work as part of the operating theatre team, at one of our clinical allocation hospitals, experiencing the varied role of the ODP.

The operating department is a crucial part of any hospital or healthcare setting and operating department practitioners (ODPs) play a critical role in helping patients prepare, undergo, and recover from surgery. If you’d like to be part of this team, then this course is for you.

This course combines academic study with clinical practice, so you’ll get the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in real work situations. You'll work in the operating theatre team at one of our clinical allocation hospitals to gain valuable hands-on experience. This course covers: the peri-operative environment, anatomy and physiology, inter-professional practice, post-anaesthesia care, emergency care, pharmacology and evidence-based practice.


When you finish the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as an ODP with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This allows you to practice both within the UK and a range of other countries. In recent years, all students who qualified as operating department practitioners through LSBU have gained employment in theatre departments in UK hospitals. Day-to-day duties range from preparing the operating theatre and equipment, to providing the surgical team with items needed during an operation. After surgery, ODPs provide care and expertise to patients in recovery.

ODPs need to be well-organised, have effective communication skills, maintain composure and act calmly. They usually work shifts, which can mean evening and weekend work. Promotion routes include progressing to team leader or senior ODP. There are also opportunities in research, education, training and management.


This course is heavily practice-based; you'll spend the majority of your time involved in clinical practice within a broad variety of healthcare settings and the rest in academic study. You will attend seven University study blocks, usually one week at a time, approximately every five-seven weeks. The rest of the year is spent in placements, with holidays at set times.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London South Bank University

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  • Campus address

    London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, Southwark, SE1 0AA, England

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