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BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

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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).



  • 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

Academic Requirements

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

Access to Higher Education – a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.

Applicants are expected to hold five GCSEs grade 4/C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science.

How to Apply

Non-Academic Requirements

Any offer of a place will be subject to: 

  • Successful interview
  • Satisfactory Health check
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Two satisfactory references

As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that an Operating Department Practitioner is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its values.

Workplace Health and Wellbeing (WHWB) provide a confidential occupational health service to applicants, and subsequently to students successfully enrolled onto the University of Suffolk BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice course. A comprehensive health questionnaire completed by all applicants is scrutinised by WHWB and following commencement of  an appropriate immunisation schedule, a fit for training certificate is issued.

This certificate is required prior to practice placement commencement, as is the completion of a Manual Handling and Moving course.


The BSc (Hons) Operating Department course involves contact with vulnerable Adults and Children, and therefore applicants are required to have a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the application process (this is paid for by the university). Students will not be able to start practice placements until a satisfactory DBS clearance has been received.


In addition to the DBS check completed before students attend practice at the start of the course, a yearly declaration confirming that there are no changes in status will be required. Students will not be able to attend practice without a completed yearly declaration.  It is the students responsibility to respond to the  University of Suffolk requests to complete the annual review.

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 is required where English is not the students' first language.

International and EU

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Lecturer and Course Leader Operating Department Practice

Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing