Glyndwr University

BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Why choose this course?

Our Operating Department Practice degree allows students to learn in a manner which matches their future employment as an Operating Department Practitioner. We use a case study format throughout our teaching and assessment, meaning that all content relates directly to the real-life operating theatre environment.

Our degree is part of a collaboration with our local NHS Trust and local service users to ensure the course fulfils the requirements of the health service and community. 

Key course features

  • Opportunity to become professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Become part of a growing nascent profession with excellent employment opportunity
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of multi-professional care, autonomy and accountability within a professional framework and clinical problem-solving skills
  • The main delivery site for this course is our Wrexham campus. Occasional interprofessional education sessions may be delivered from our St Asaph campus with students from various nursing and allied health courses.
  • Case study approach to teaching, learning and assessment with considered assessment plan throughout the year 

Entry Requirements

The minimum academic entry criteria for the BSc (Hons) Operating Department practice programme is:
112 UCAS points as described in the online prospectus, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Candidates must also provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application.


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Our ODP degree will give opportunity for you to be part of the Student Streamlining Project with NHS Wales and enables access to HCPC register as an Operating Department Practitioner (subject to HCPC approval).

Career options open to students after completing the course include:

  • Operating Department Practice
  • Surgical first assistant
  • Surgical Care Practitioner
  • Physicians associate
  • Physicians assistant

Course Details

Year 1 (LEVEL 4)

Year One is an introduction to the main topics of Operating Department Practice, including clinical, professional, research and life sciences topics.


  • Introduction to Operating Department Practice
  • Introduction to Perioperative Clinical Skills
  • Introduction to Life Sciences (IPE)
  • Foundations in Professional Practice (IPE)
  • Foundations in Research (IPE)

Year 2 (LEVEL 5)

Year Two will expand on topics which were introduced in the first year.  There will be greater complexity, and greater application to practice of an ODP.


  • Developing Operating Department Practice
  • Developing Perioperative Clinical Skills
  • Applying Life Sciences to Perioperative Practice
  • Contemporary Studies in Operating Department Practice
  • Evidence in Practice (IPE)

Year 3 (LEVEL 6)

Year Three introduces students to expanding roles of ODPs, including Surgical First Assistance, Critical Care and Resuscitation.  Students will also be prepared for practice by exploring elements such as audit, research, leadership, and management.


  • Advanced Operating Department Practice
  • Advanced Perioperative Clinical Skills
  • Research for Practice (IPE)
  • Transition to Professional Practice (IPE)
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