BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to validation and accreditation
Operating Department Practitioner

Course Highlights


as an Operating Department Practitioner, fit for purpose, practice, award and professional standing.


Excellent employability and career opportunities in this national shortage area.


for advancing roles

Physio & OT students outside

Nursing and Allied Health

Why choose this course?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) have a vital role within the contemporary perioperative team, working in this exciting and dynamic environment, ODPs require in-depth knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, surgical and anesthetic procedures, legal and ethical issues, and teamwork.

  • Study a broad range of subjects including anatomy and physiology, research, legal and ethical issues, introduction to surgery, anesthetics and post-operative recovery, communication, critical reflection, pharmacology, enhanced roles, leadership and management, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Prepare for a professional career in Operating Department Practice.
  • Practical experience of perioperative skills and procedures, in context, is gained through placements in a variety of settings across the North Wales Health Board.
  • Provide a high-quality educational experience that integrates theory and practice within a professional practice framework.
  • Learning and practicing in a multi-professional environment.
  • Health for all approach.
  • Develop qualities required for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.
  • The Operating Department Practice programme at WGU is the only programme of its kind in North Wales and is one of only two programmes in all of Wales.

*This course is subject to HCPC approval.


An operating theatre

Operating DepartmentPractice

Programme leader, Rob Evans, to tell you about why you should come and study Operating Department Practice at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Key course features

  • Opportunity to become professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Excellent employment opportunity
  • Become part of a growing nascent profession
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of multi-professional care
  • Develop autonomy and accountability within a professional framework
  • Develop clinical problem-solving skills
  • The main delivery site for this course is our Wrexham campus. Occasional interprofessional education sessions may be delivered from our St Asaph campus with students from various nursing and allied health courses.

*This course is subject to HCPC approval.

What you will study

Year 1 (LEVEL 4)

Students will be exposed to a wide range of development theory modules and practice experiences. They are expected to safely demonstrate fundamental knowledge and skills within care, compassion, developing underpinning knowledge, and appropriate attitudes under close supervision.


  • Preparation for professional practice
  • Clinical practice and simulation (Yr1)
  • Fundamental principles of Perioperative care
  • Legal, ethical and social issues in perioperative practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2 (LEVEL 5)

Students will be exposed to an increasing range of field-specific experiences. They are expected to consistently demonstrate skills and knowledge at an emerging level of competence within care, compassion, further developing underpinning knowledge and appropriate professional attitudes. They are expected to take responsibility and develop autonomy for care delivery with less direct supervision.


  • Pharmacology in perioperative practice
  • Principles of Post Anaesthetic Care
  • Appraising Research in Health and social care
  • Holistic care across the lifespan
  • Clinical practice and simulation (Yr2)

Year 3 (LEVEL 6)

Students will be exposed to a broad range of field-specific experiences. They are expected to consistently demonstrate and promote evidence-based care with compassion, confidence, competence, and appropriate professional attitudes. They should take increasing responsibility for care delivery and give support to novice students. The level of supervision should reflect their developing knowledge, skills, and autonomy.


  • Emergency care in Anaesthesia
  • Leadership and governance
  • Introduction to advancing roles in perioperative care
  • Clinical Practice and simulation


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The minimum academic entry criteria for the BSc (Hons) Operating Department practice programme is:
104 - 112 UCAS points as described in the online prospectus, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Candidates must also provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application.

In addition to the academic entry criteria, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Meet occupational health requirements

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment methods include:

  • Essays
  • Presentation
  • Examination
  • OSCE

Teaching and Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Career options open to students after completing the course include:

  • Operating Department Practice
  • Surgical first assistant
  • Surgical Care Practitioner
  • Physicians associate
  • Physicians assistant

Fees & funding

This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme.

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to validation and accreditation

Courses shown as “subject to validation and accreditation” are new courses which are in development and the details of these courses are in the process of being finalised through the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. These courses are also in the process of applying for accreditation/recognition by external bodies, known as PSRBs – Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, which is a separate external approval process with the relevant PSRBs.  

As soon as the programmes are validated and accredited the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation and accreditation’ are approved as expected however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider. 


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section