Undergraduate prospectus 2022/23

Operating Department Practitioner, BSc Hons

If you are passionate about delivering high-quality care to surgical patients within the operating room and associated care settings, our Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) degree is for you.

This BSc Hons Operating Department Practitioner course will prepare you to provide high standards of care to patients undergoing surgery. You will learn to work with a team of highly skilled surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses in an Operating Department in NHS Trust Hospitals and the Independent sector.

The course combines both academic and clinical practice. This allows you to put your learning into practice and develop the skills required to care for patients, primarily in the operating department. Some students will have the opportunity to complete a Surgical First Assistant Skills endorsement and develop specialist skills to assist surgeons during surgery.

Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered Operating Department Practitioner.

UCAS points

112 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

B704

Campus

Avery Hill / Medway

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 5 years part-time

Start month

September

Home fees 2022/23

2022/2023 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course combines academic study with clinical placements where a range of health professionals will assist in your Operating Department Training.
  • Some of your learning will take place in our brand-new simulation suite where you will be able to practice your acquired skills in a supported simulated environment.
  • When you complete your course be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered Operating Department Practitioner.
  • Our highly qualified and experienced staff are both teachers and researchers, giving you access to a talented pool of educators.

What you will study

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About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts which includes senior academics and Healthcare Practitioners with relevant clinical experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and 97 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

You should normally hold 3 GCSE including English Language 4/C and Maths 4/C or Level 2 from a pre-2014 Access course or Functional skills level 2 or IELTS of 7.0 (with minimum of 6.5 in each skill) and maths or equivalents.

And 112 UCAS points.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses
  • NVQ (Level 3)
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 3)
  • Foundation degrees.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

    You will be required to:

  • Attend an interview at a Selection Day
  • Appropriate healthcare experience through work shadowing or observation either voluntary or paid is encouraged
  • Professional / Academic Reference Required
  • Suitability Declaration
  • If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.
  • Students who require a visa to study in the UK are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Yes. We will consider applicants with prior academic learning and substantive and relevant work experience. We will guide you on how to claim for your prior learning to be accredited.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

**Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section. .

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Part time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees information

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

  • Books for your studies (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Shoes (£60) and clothing (£100) (dependent on field, non-uniform policy).
  • Eligible students taking allied health professional subjects (BSc Hons) as a second degree can access student finance support (including tuition fee loans) on the same terms as a first degree.
  • We cover the £303 you would pay as an excess liable for student payment on the student loans system. The government will also cover accommodation costs for attending clinical placements if you can show it's for educational purposes and reflects value for money.
  • Students with children may also be eligible to receive £1,000 each year to assist with childcare costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You will have placements in the Operating Theatre Department and other associated clinical practice areas, completing a minimum of 1,800 hours in practice.When on placement, you will be allocated a practice educator who supports your learning and development and completes the formal assessment of your clinical practice learning.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration as an Operating Department Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and to commence your career as a registered Operating Department Practitioner.

ODP graduates can also pursue higher degrees at Master's and PhD level.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Careers Service is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential. We provide the following:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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