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Operating Department Practice

Entry requirements


80 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

80 UCAS Tariff points from Access to HE Diplomas

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

80 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.

80 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. 80 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

UCAS Tariff

80

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Operating department practice

**Please note this course starts early in the lask week of August.**

Develop the confidence, attitudes and skills you need to work as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in areas such as anaesthesia, intensive care, A&E, and transplant or air-ambulance teams. This is an exciting, fast-changing field with opportunities to work all over the world.

This highly practical course will develop your clinical skills in live settings. You’ll learn to take responsibility for a patient’s all-round welfare and to assess their journey through the surgical environment. You’ll also learn to work as part of a theatre team made up of professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. We’ll explain how you can do all of this safely, and within current legal, ethical and professional boundaries.

Thanks to our three-year placement schedule, our students get experience of working in all the essential clinical specialities. We offer placements in leading NHS and private hospitals:

Essex: Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Southend, Broomfield, Springfield (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford)
Cambridgeshire: Addenbrooke's, Hinchingbrooke, Papworth, Peterborough, Kings Lynn (all theory will be taught at Cambridge)
London: Whittington, North Middlesex University Hospital, Newham University Hospital, Royal Free Hospital (all theory will be taught at Chelmsford).

Many of your teaching sessions will be led/delivered by people who already work in the field, so you can benefit from their experience, insight and expertise. We’ll also look at how you can use research and reflection in your day-to-day work.

We’re dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution.
Our course meets the standards set by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you graduate, you’ll be able to register and work as an operating department practitioner.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Introduction to Perioperative Practice
Exploring Aspects of Anatomy and Physiology
Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia
Practical Concepts in Anatomy and Physiology
Care of the Patient in the Surgical Environment

Year two, core modules
Perioperative Pharmacology and Physiology
Care of the Patient Undergoing Anaesthesia
Promoting Best Practice in the Operating Theatre
Post-Anaesthetic and Acute Care

Year three, core modules
Research Methods
Enhanced Clinical Skills in Perioperative and Critical Care
Undergraduate Major Project
Leadership Practice in Health and Social Care (Distance Learning)

Assessment methods

We carry out regular assessment so that you and your tutors can monitor your progress. Besides exams, you'll be assessed on assignments, presentations, research critiques, critical-incident analyses, case studies, literature reviews, and specialised practice competencies. 

This is a three-year programme
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Chelmsford Campus

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Allied Health and Medicine

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Operating department practice

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

73%
Health associate professionals
6%
Caring personal services
3%
Nursing and midwifery professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Allied health

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£30k

£30k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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