Undergraduate study

Course overview

This BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree course is for operating department practitioners wanting to enhance their career opportunities in the perioperative environment.

The course:

  • provides a learning programme proactive to contemporary challenges in health and social care through service development, professional development and the application of evidence-based practice
  • highlights the importance of continuing professional development
  • develops your confidence in your knowledge and skills so you are able to actively promote and engage with service improvement initiatives
  • develops your ability to actively engage in a collaborative working environment and to recognise the benefits of this.

You identify your individual learning needs and develop knowledge and skills to promote your ability to make independent judgements. You accept responsibility for your actions and accountability for your decisions. The development of your knowledge and skills enhances your clinical expertise and leadership skills. It also facilitates a proactive response to healthcare needs within the perioperative environment along with a commitment to the education and development of those you work with.

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Professional accreditation

If you have completed the Mentoring in Practice module at Teesside University you may be able to count this towards your award.

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Course details

You study how to facilitate service improvement in the perioperative environment. Through this you develop your skills in critical appraisal and become more confident in applying evidence to practice.

The Enhancing Perioperative Practice module develops your clinical decision-making skills and is sufficiently flexible to meet your individual learning needs. You develop a clinical skills inventory leading towards the development of complex clinical skills required in contemporary perioperative practice. This can include anaesthetic, scrub and recovery practice.

The Mentoring in Practice module provides you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning and development of others.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Enhancing Perioperative Practice

This year-long module is delivered once a week over eighteen weeks. You develop clinical decision-making skills, providing you with the opportunity to develop an inventory of clinical skills, and leads towards the development of complex clinical skills required in contemporary perioperative practice. You cover areas of anaesthetic, scrub and recovery practice to reflect the growing number of practitioners working across all three areas of the perioperative environment.

Evidence Appraisal for Developing Healthcare Systems and Improving Health

This is delivered at the commencement of the programme along with induction activities, study skills and IT development activities. You gain a detailed understanding of research skills and the value of evidence based practice.


Year 2 core modules

Developing Health Professionals Contribution to Continuous Development in Health and Wellbeing

This independent student project lets you advance your ability to use critical appraisal as an integral part of your decision making in health related professional practice.

Mentoring in Practice

Apply your knowledge and mentoring skills in a work or educational context. You engage in a live mentoring relationship with appropriate peer and tutor support, and have the opportunity to reflect on the experience, drawing on concepts of mentoring, leadership, and relevant interpersonal skills.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Learning and teaching includes lectures, seminars and group work.

Collaborative and independent learning is supported with individual and group tutorials across modules. The specialist core module, Enhancing Perioperative Practice provides opportunities to discuss and share your practice experiences. It also allows you to highlight and formulate strategies to meet your learning needs through the completion of a clinical skills inventory. This is supported in practice through meetings with practice supervisors.

Skills development takes place in practice based on the needs you identify in the clinical skill inventory. There is additional provision for skills-based and simulation activities through enhanced learning equipment such as SimMan.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through written assignments, presentation and the production of a skills inventory in conjunction with a practice supervisor. You develop a self-directed approach to learning with the support of your practice supervisor. At the beginning of the programme there is a formative assessment of academic skills to help prepare you for the academic requirements of the programme. You may find this useful during the first year if you have been out of formal education for some time.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be registered as an operating department practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and be employed as an operating department practitioner in a perioperative environment
  • provide evidence that you have the support of your manager
  • be able to identify a practice supervisor appropriate for your level of development and be able to negotiate time in practice to meet your learning needs
  • have evidence of 240 credits (120 credits at level 4 and 120 at level 5) or equivalent. A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) entry portfolio route is available
  • have evidence of successful level 2 or above academic study over the last five years.
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For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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  • Not available full-time


2019 entry

  • Length: 2 years
  • Enrolment date: October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
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