Course details


3 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Study patterns to fit around the workplace.

Course description

Operating department practitioners work alongside other professionals (such as doctors and nurses) and take a lead role in ensuring a patient is safe during their journey through the operating theatre.

By completing this Level 6 apprenticeship, you will gain a BSc (Hons) in Operating Department Practice which has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration.

We will cover the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to look after patients during the three phases of the operating theatre: anaesthesia, surgery and post-anaesthesia. And you will develop in five broad areas:

  • Professional practice
  • Professional values and behaviours
  • Professional standards
  • Leadership, management and partnership working
  • Communication and information

Structure, certificates and assessment

This apprenticeship usually runs over four years. You will be completing on-the-job learning and uploading evidence of this to an e-portfolio, at the same time as studying for the BSc (Hons) degree.

This academic study will make up 20% of the course and is delivered through 'blended learning' - a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face sessions will be in blocks and online learning can include group webinars, independent activities or reading between the block study sessions.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GSCEs (or equivalent) at grades A-C or 4-9, to include Mathematics and English
  • Apprentice and non-apprentice applicants required to have English and Maths L2 or for those with an education, health & care plan or a legacy statement, the English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3
  • 112 UCAS points – or equivalent (application by direct entry only) or
  • Level 3 qualification in a Health and Social Care related course
  • Evidence of recent study
  • Current DBS
  • Ability to meet the occupational health requirements of the programme
  • If applying as a candidate for whom English is a second language the applicant should hold an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no element below 6.5
  • Apprentice/Learner must be employed in an Operating Department and must have the support of their manager that they will be able to complete programme/apprenticeship

Fees and funding

Fees will be paid by the employer.

More information for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £24,000, but we'll consider individual agreements depending on student numbers and your involvement.

How to apply

You will need to apply through your employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

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Minimum numbers

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

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