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Operating Department Practice (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom
The programme of Operating Department Practice (Hons) at Birmingham City University combines theoretical and practical components, complemented with clinical placements in a range of specialities and settings.  The overarching aim is to develop and refine clinical competence and the application of best evidence based knowledge to direct patient care in contemporary healthcare settings.
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What's covered in the course?

The course of Operating Department Practice (Hons) at Birmingham City University combines theoretical and practical skills, complemented with clinical placements in a range of specialities and settings. Our approach to learning means that you will leave with clinical competence and the ability to apply best knowledge to direct patient care in contemporary healthcare settings.

Your work will be assessed using a mix of methods including text based submissions, written examinations, oral examinations, presentations and clinical skills assessment both in placement and within simulated learning environments on campus. You will be encouraged to develop and demonstrate a range of skills to prepare you for a successful career as an Operating Department Practitioner, including confidence in care delivery, the ability to research, appraise and evaluate evidence. 

Where will I study?

You will study at our recently extended £71 million City South campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, complete with a fully equipped operating theatre, mock wards and specialist surgical simulation facilities to support you as a practitioner throughout the course.

Our academic team are dedicated to your development and have many years of experience in delivering perioperative education in academic and clinical settings, with many of our staff still actively working in operating department practice roles. Our experience provides an excellent resource that will help you develop a clear understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.

Enhancing employability skills

To prepare students to meet the requirements for eligibility to apply for entry onto the Health and Care Professions Council register as Registered Operating Department Practitioners.

Combines theory with clinical placement to enhance awareness of different specialities in preparation for employment in operating theatre departments.

Develops transferable skills for working in a range of health care settings and recognising the need for life-long learning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Caring in the perioperative environment
  • Introduction to Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care
  • Introduction to Bioscience
  • Student transition to higher education, becoming an Allied Health Care Professional
  • Introduction to Surgical Practice
  • Applied Biosciences
  • Developing Anaesthetic and Post-Anaesthetic Care
  • Human factors and the perioperative practitioner

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Acceptable GCSE Equivalents for a Science subject - a Pass in one of the following: 

  • BTEC Extended Certificate in Science or Applied Science (Level 2)
  • BTEC Diploma in Science or Applied Science (Level 2)
  • Intermediate GNVQ
Acceptable English GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Communication - Level 2
  • Functional Skills English – Level 2
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy
Acceptable Maths GCSE Equivalents:
  • Key Skills Application of Number- Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths – Level 2
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Adult Numeracy

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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This course is not available to international students.

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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