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Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons)

Cardiff University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site - Cardiff

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Join us and study at the only higher education institution in Wales and the only Russell Group University offering a BSc Honours course in Operating Department Practice. Our programme is accredited by the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Meaning you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) for registration upon completion and will be able to practice as a registered Operating Department Practitioner. It’s an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice. Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are vital members of a multidisciplinary team. They support patient’s emotional and physical well-being throughout surgery from anaesthetics, through surgery and into recovery. A career in Operating Department Practice provides opportunities to explore innovation in practice and have the privilege to be part of a team that changes people’s lives. You’ll be taught skills that encompass all three phases of the perioperative journey anaesthetics, surgery and post anaesthetic care. However, although primarily based within the perioperative environment the role can be seen in other areas outside of the operating theatre, where these skills are required or can be adapted to meet other needs. Our course combines both academic study and clinical placements. Within academic study, not only do you get support from a personal tutor and an innovative team of academics in a close-knit class, you will be supported in our recently refurbished simulation suite to practice and hone your taught skills before going out into practice Our clinical placements take place throughout Wales; working alongside a dedicated placement mentor, knowledgeable practising professionals and with real patients. Meaning you’ll be more competitive in the employment market throughout Wales and the UK and have a broader insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification. After qualifying, most ODPs are primarily based in the operating department, but can also work in areas as diverse as accident and emergency departments, intensive care units, maternity departments and as members of the cardiac arrest team. Distinctive FeaturesBy joining our programme we’ll help you to enjoy an academically rich and fulfilling experience. Here are some of the key features of our programme: · We are the only ODP degree programme in the UK offered at a Russell Group University and in Wales. · For Home/EU students you have the option to choose a fully funded place on the programme or receive a full NHS bursary for Tuition fees providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after qualifying.· Cardiff University ranks number 2 in the UK for Health Professions in The Guardian 2018 league tables. · Clinical placements account for 60% of the programme in 7 out of 8 geographical Health Board areas in a range of settings across Wales, making you competitive in the employment market upon qualification. · As part of the clinical elective placement in the second year, you will have the opportunity to organise a clinical placement of your choice, perhaps overseas meeting appropriate practice outcomes. · You’ll have access to clinical skills suites to help develop your skills and scenarios prior to placement experience. These include two functioning simulated operating theatres and a recovery/critical care environment. · You’ll have the opportunity to gain additional recognised qualifications, including the Acute Life Threatening Events Recognition & Treatment (ALERT) course and the Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PRMOPT) course. · All members of our ODP Team at Cardiff University hold a minimum of a Masters degree and are all either registered ODP’s or nurses with theatre qualification. This enabl

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 23,482per year

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

University information

Cardiff University

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  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 35 3

  • Entry standards

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    197 81%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%



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