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BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

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Hospital Placement Locations: 
Ipswich Hospital (R) West Suffolk Hospital (W)

Three years full-time.

Next available start: September 2021

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above),
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).


If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.

  • Our course is validated by HCPC Health and Care Professions Council and endorsed by CODP College of Operating Department Practitioners.
  • Gain experience through practice placements at Ipswich Hospital, West Suffolk and Nuffield.
  • Innovative, forward-thinking curriculum including an open book exam and a variety of assessment methods.
  • Additional clinical specialist placement opportunities available within Norfolk & Norwich, Essex and Cambridge Hospital Trusts and Regional Independent Hospital’ Sectors.


The BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice course is validated by the HCPC Health and Care Professions Council and endorsed by CODP College of Operating Department Practitioners 

Operating Department Practitioners are highly skilled practitioners who work in all areas of the perioperative environment. The course will ensure students have the necessary skills to attain clinical competence in all areas of Operating Department Practice while having a sound knowledge base of the underpinning scientific principles. Students will develop good interpersonal skills and the ability to assess, plan and deliver a high standard of individualised patient care.

The BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice course is a dynamic and forward looking programme that focusses on developing all students’ potential and will prepare graduates for a career in healthcare. Whilst primarily focused on the Operating Theatre environment, graduates will also have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide patient care in other clinical and non-clinical areas.

The BSc (Hons) ODP course works in close partnership with a range of Service Partners to ensure that all clinical exposure is relevant to the modern NHS and adheres to the NHS Core Values and Principles.

This course will follow the University of Suffolk Equality and Diversity policy.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

Approximately 60% of the course is based in clinical placements to develop fundamental practical skills in all areas of operating department practice. In addition to clinical experience, students study the underpinning theory within the university; both theory and clinical practice placements are structured as blocks throughout the year.

Students will study a range of topics throughout the duration of the course including: anatomy and physiology, anaesthetic care, surgical care, post-anaesthetic care, pharmacology, principles of research, infection control, patient assessment and care delivery. In addition students will undertake simulation and clinical skills education in the purpose built simulation facility.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Mandatory)
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (Mandatory)
Caring in the Perioperative Environment (Mandatory)
Introduction to Anaesthetic & Surgical Care of the Patient (Mandatory)
Pathophysiology for Operating Department Practice (Mandatory)
Pharmacology for Operating Department Practice (Mandatory)
Research Methods for Operating Department Practitioners (Mandatory)
Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care (Mandatory)
Developing Surgical Practice (Mandatory)
Transition to Employment (Mandatory)
Enhanced Surgical Skills (Mandatory)
Enhanced Anaesthetic & Post – Anaesthetic Care (Mandatory)
Evidence Based Dissertation (Mandatory)

Career opportunities

Find out more about become an operating department practitioner on the NHS Health Careers website

What our students say

"Operating Department Practice is an intense but very rewarding course, the mix of theoretical and practical elements helps you gain the knowledge and skills needed to competently care for patients of all ages undergoing Surgery and Anaesthesia in a modern hospital setting. It's an immense privilege to be granted the opportunity to study to become an ODP, and undertaking the ODP course has been the hardest but most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life." 

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £16,405 p.a. (inclusive of placement fee)

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements


Lecturer and Course Leader Operating Department Practice

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing