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University of Bolton

Operating Department Practice

UCAS Code: B991

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30,P:0

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C / Grade 4 and above in Mathematics & English or equivalent.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Operating department practice

Our BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree is ideal if you’re seeking a rewarding career as a specialist operating department practitioner working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare colleagues to deliver safe surgery. We’ll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide a high standard of patient-focused care during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of surgical procedures.

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are highly specialised healthcare professionals who work with patients of all ages in operating theatres and other perioperative environments. There is 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, psychology 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 physical and psychological needs throughout their surgical experience and perioperative care.

You’ll spend most of your time in clinical practice placements at 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.

This programme is subject to the approval of the Health and Care Professions Council.

Modules

Information about the modules offered as part of this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment methods

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bolton

Department:

Nursing and Midwifery

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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82%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
23%
Caring personal services
19%
Nursing and midwifery professionals

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

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