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Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


Are you enthusiastic, great with people and keen to make a living improving and saving lives?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are an essential part of the surgical team. They take care of patients, prepare the surgical environment and equipment, and act as a vital link between the surgical team, other hospital departments and patients.

Our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree course, which we've developed with the local National Health Service acute Trusts and the private sector, provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to be work in this demanding and rewarding role.

After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Operating Department Practitioner. You'll be able to work in area such as anaesthesia, surgery and recovery.

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This course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Develop your skills as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)
  • Do lots of practical exercises to prepare you for the challenges of this field – you'll spend approximately 60% of your time in clinical practice
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with patients in a variety of healthcare settings with supervision and support from registered healthcare professionals
  • Practise examinations and procedures on human patient simulators and our high-fidelity patient simulator in the Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
  • Use your skills in one of our clinical placement operating theatres
  • Develop your leadership, communication and problem solving skills
  • Improve your academic research abilities

Careers and opportunities

What jobs can you do with an Operating Department Practice degree?

As a registered Operating Department Practitioner, you'll be able to take on roles such as:

  • surgical care practitioner
  • team leader
  • theatre manager
  • sterile supply manager
  • practice educator

Work experience and career planning

Each year includes one work placement module where you'll get work experience in a clinical setting. Placement locations are liable to change, but recent students have completed placements at:

  • Portsmouth NHS trust QA Hospital
  • NHS Treatment Centre St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth
  • Spire Healthcare Portsmouth
  • NHS Treatment Centre RSH Hospital Southampton
  • Southampton General Hospital
  • RCH Hospital Winchester
  • Nuffield Hospital Eastleigh
  • BMI Healthcare Winchester
  • Chichester Nuffield Hospital
  • RSC Hospital Brighton
  • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
  • Lymington New Forest Hospital
  • Princess Royal Hospital - Haywards Heath

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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University of Portsmouth

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    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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