Coventry University Odp

By | 18th May 2017

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Coventry University Odp

Coventry University Odp

Operating Department Practice DipHE


This course runs in 2017/18.  

Operating department practitioners are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operative procedure is as safe and effective as possible for the patient and staff.


This course has been designed to incorporate specialist environments in the clinical theatre placements (cardiac, neurology and obstetrics) to provide you with insight from these valuable learning experiences.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • a chance to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). For more information please see the HCPC website at:;
  • the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time at local hospitals, in both theatres and accident and emergency departments, putting your current theory into practice in supervised clinical placements;
  • access to lecturers who have extensive work experience in the operating theatre environment – as either a Registered Operating Department Practitioner or a Registered Nurse – which they bring into their teaching;
  • links with employers including local National Health Service (NHS) trusts: University Hospital Coventry and Warwick NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Hospital of St. Cross Rugby NHS Trust, South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, Warwickshire Nuffield Hospital and BMI Meriden Coventry;
  • access to a mock theatre environment to link theory to practice and provide you with simulated learning experiences, to enhance learning and reduce anxiety when entering the clinical placement. Specialised lifelike manikins are also used for simulated learning;
  • lectures from specialist practitioners, such as Operating Department Practitioners, Nurses, Midwives, Children’s Nurses and Anaesthetists.






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Accreditations and approvals shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant body’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaning the same high standards of course delivery.


The practical placements form a large part of this course but you will also need to cover the foundation theory that underpins operating department practice.

Year one focuses on the acquisition of the foundation skills and knowledge in terms of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. In addition, you will gain an understanding of research literature, clinical skills and inequalities in health and social care.

Year two builds on year one enhancing your skills, knowledge and decision-making strategies to enable effective working as a qualified operating department practitioner.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, and clinical skills teaching, involving clinical practitioners, simulation using high-tech manikins, online work and practice placements. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked 11th by Guardian University Guide 2018


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework, tests, essays 50%;
  • presentations, posters 25%;
  • formal examinations 10%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work 5%.

All placements are assessed by achieving specific clinical competency outcomes. All placements must be passed and hours completed to be eligible to apply for HCPC registration.


In a typical week you will have up to 19 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 10 hours of supervised learning each week.

Medium-group teaching: 5 hours of clinical skills teaching each week.

Large-group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

Personal study: At least one day per week is set aside for personal learning while in University.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS tariff points and 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, Science and Mathematics, or specified equivalents. Evidence of recent study is desirable.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MPP in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Health and Social Care Related subject (will accept Sports Courses).

Access: An overall pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Merit in Health Modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

Additional Information: applicants will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy and literacy as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service required. Evidence of experience of health care e.g. residential or nursing homes, voluntary work with elderly/children/disabled care assistant work or work-based placements in the care sector is required. You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test here.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.


Funding for health professional courses is changing – to keep up to date with developments please visit the Funding Clinic website.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates from this course have secured specific operating department practice positions within NHS Hospital Trusts and private hospitals, often before they have completed their programme of study. We work very closely with the NHS Trust and the majority of our completers are offered posts within the clinical placement areas, which they have become familiar with throughout the two-year course.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


To be confirmed.


If you have a specific hospital outside of the UK that you can secure a placement at, you will have the chance to take an optional extra four-week observational placement at the end of your course.