Do you want to be a part of a professional team that changes lives for the better? The Operating Department Practice course gives you the skills to play a valued role in the operating theatre. On this programme you will gain real experience as well as grasp the theory behind the preoperative environment, and achieve the qualification required to register with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). You’ll be placed in the operating theatre setting within one of our trusts where you will be mentored in the art of patient care.
Help change lives in the operating theatre and beyond
As an Operating Department Practitioner, you’ll have many responsibilities. Whereas nursing focuses on many areas around healthcare, Operating Department Practice studies has a direct focus on care within operating theatres and other associated areas. You’ll experience working in a complex care environment, helping patients through vulnerable times in their lives.
Working in such a responsible position will help you develop your ability to think quickly and independently. As a highly respected role, your experience will enhance your CV to develop both you and your career.
We attract students who are dedicated to helping and caring for other people. As a result, everyone on the course is always enthusiastic and friendly. The people you study with and work along side will inspire you. You’ll witness incredible moments such as life-saving operations and watch patients recover, helping them back on their feet.
UCAS CODE: B990
There is no better place to start your career in an operating department than at Bucks. Since starting this course in 2011, we’ve had a 100 per cent employment rate – with students receiving job offers before they graduate.
We've invested in some of the best equipment for our students to practice their skills. We have an ultra-modern simulated operating theatre with the latest high fidelity simulation manikins where students can learn in a safe environment prior to entering their clinical placement.
Get real life experience with NHS Trusts
As clinical practice is a large part of the course, we have many trusts that provide clinical placements for our students. You’ll have the chance to gain experience in fully functional clinical settings. When you go out onto your practice placement, a clinical member of staff will provide mentorship, supervise your experience and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course.
The main NHS Trusts we are currently working with include:
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Just as in a real operating theatre, we encourage inter-professional working. Our students work in a wide variety of different environments with different professionals. You’ll be taught by staff who still practice in theatre, keeping their own skills as sharp as a scalpel.
What are the course entry requirements?
Diploma applicants must possess one of the following:
- Five GCSEs at grade C or above
- a BTEC First Diploma and one GCSE at grade C or above
- two full A-levels or equivalent
- a recognised Access to Higher Education course
- a higher education qualification (HND or Degree)
- additional qualifications may be considered.
Applicants will be required to hold GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths and English at grade C or above.
Mature students without formal qualifications are welcome to apply. We advise you to contact us to discuss your application.
Previous experience of working in a healthcare environment isn't essential, as long as you have an interest in Health Care. We ask all our students to take an Occupational Health Screening and to be checked by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
If your application is successful, you will be invited to a selection day at our High Wycombe Campus. Selection days are an important part of our application process. They are a great opportunity for you to show us your interests in health and prove that you are the perfect person for the course.
Year 1 Modules
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Developing Perioperative Practice
- Fundamentals of Perioperative Practice
- Principles and Practices of Anaesthetics and Surgery
Year 2 Modules
- Advancing Perioperative Practice
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Developing Leadership Qualities in the Peri-operative Care Environment
- Specialising in Perioperative Practice
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow