Apprenticeship Course

Operating Department Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

Course details

Course level

Level 6

Next course date

September, January and May intakes


3 years



Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Study patterns to fit around the workplace.

Course description

Do you want to be part of a specialised and rewarding profession?

Our course will equip you with the skills to become a dynamic, confident and competent practitioner.

Operating Department Practitioners are multi-skilled allied health professionals working within all areas of the perioperative journey. Operating Department Practitioners are key members of the multidisciplinary team, working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, radiographers, and other health professionals. On this HCPC-approved accelerated apprenticeship, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to provide safe, competent, patient-centred care through the three phases of the perioperative journey: anaesthetics, surgery and recovery.

You will develop your learning in five broad areas:

On successful completion of this Level 6 apprenticeship, you will gain a BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice, making you eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration. 

Course highlights

Our facilities

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NHS Standard mock hospital ward

Our six-bed hospital ward is complete with teaching facilities, a nurses' station, a patient bathroom, patient mobility equipment, and simulated-learning patients to provide a lifelike taste of working in a modern hospital.

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2 practitioners in a work environment.
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Structure, certificates and assessment

This accelerated apprenticeship is a three-year course. Unique to this course, academic study takes place online, allowing for flexibility with self-directed study, coupled with an annual week's 'residential' week at the University of Derby where you will interact with your peers in our immersive clinical skills suite, take part in clinical simulation scenarios and attend lectures/teaching sessions taught by subject experts.

Modules are taught over three trimesters a year through online Collaborate sessions, webinars, and unit activities. You will be assessed using a variety of assessment methods to suit your learning needs, such as academic coursework/assignments, competencies, presentations, online examinations and VIVAS (Oral exams).

Each student has a personal academic tutor who is part of the core lecturing team to provide guidance to the student throughout the three years of the course and will have tripartite reviews with the student and workplace mentor at regular intervals to discuss the students' progress both academically and practically and identify any areas of additional support.

Additional support for learners who have dyslexia or additional learning needs. 

What will you study?

  • Working and learning in Operating Department Practice (20 credits)
  • Principles of Scrub and Circulating Practice (20 credits)
  • Principles of Anaesthetic Practice (20 credits)
  • Science and Pharmacology for Operating Department Practice (20 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Operating Department Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • Patient Care Concepts (20 credits)
  • Developing Anaesthetic Practice (20 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice (20 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Operating Department Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Practice in Post Anaesthetic Care (20 units)
  • Developing Scrub and Circulating Practice (20 credits)
  • Exploring Leadership and Management in Operating Department Practice (20 credits)
  • Complex Perioperative Care (20 credits)
  • Work-Based Study - Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Facilitating Learning and Assessment (20 credits)
  • Management of Medication (20 credits)
  • Transition to Practice Beyond Registration (20 credits)
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Perfect timing as Georgia retrains via hospital apprenticeship

Georgia Wood’s timing was perfect. The hospital worker was looking to pursue her passion and retrain as an Operating Department Practitioner - just as her employer was looking for ODP Apprentices - she applied straight away.

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Entry requirements

Fees and funding

Fees are paid by the employer.

More information for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £26,000, but we'll consider individual agreements depending on student numbers and your involvement.

How to apply

Apprenticeships for this programme need to be applied for through an advertising employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

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Additional information about your studies

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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