• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Course Details


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:

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?

For this course, you'll need at least two A-levels and a GCSE Maths and English at grade C. Our offers usually require a minimum of 112 UCAS points.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

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.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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What are my career prospects

Demand is high. There are very few other institutes in the UK that offer this course and Operating Department Practitioners are sorely needed in hospitals all around the country.

Although you will be employed within operating theatres, you’ll still be able to work in other areas. The theory and integrated practice that you learn throughout the course will help you work in a variety of clinical areas. These may include:

  • Trauma teams
  • Accident and Emergency departments
  • Resuscitation teams
  • Transplant teams
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Patient transfers
  • Research, education and training
  • Special Care Baby Units

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

You will be trained in the setting where you will be working and, as a result, achieve competence specifically focused on achieving a high level of patient care. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.