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Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

University of Bolton

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    University of Bolton Main Site, Greater Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Our HCPC-approved BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree is ideal if you’re seeking a rewarding career as a registered operating department practitioner working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare colleagues to deliver safe patient-focused care. We’ll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide a high standard of care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a patient’s surgical journey.Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are highly specialised healthcare professionals who work with patients of all ages in operating theatres and other perioperative environments. There’s a shortage of qualified ODPs in the UK, so the career opportunities are excellent.Our stimulating BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice strikes an equal balance between the technical and scientific aspects of surgery and the softer skills that support communication, wellbeing and caring for the patient. It focuses on helping you learn to provide skilled assistance to surgeons and anaesthetists and work alongside nursing and healthcare colleagues to deliver excellent individualised care and support during anaesthesia, surgery and recovery. We’ll guide you as you gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours to respond to a patient’s needs throughout their surgical experience and perioperative care.The greater part of your studies will be centred in clinical placement at one of our partner trusts, learning the realities of life as an ODP. Study at the University will complement and enhance your learning in the workplace. We’ll support you as you gain core clinical skills and an extensive knowledge of specialist equipment and drugs. Developing team-working, leadership and management skills will be an essential part of your training, and we’ll encourage you as you learn to support and reassure patients on an emotional level, helping them to cope with the stress of surgery. As an ODP, no two days will be the same. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will work to prepare you to manage the care of patients scheduled for routine procedures as well as respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

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UCAS Points : 112

Your Level 3 subjects must include a science subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Examples of science subjects include healthcare, human biology, biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, mathematics and social science. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be counted towards the UCAS point requirement.


University information

University of Bolton

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  • Campus address

    University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton, Bolton, BL3 5AB, England

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