Key facts


Stafford campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: B907
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019


This diploma will give you the skills needed to deliver essential services in the operating theatre and give high standards of perioperative care to patients.

  • 100% employability for graduates (NSS 2017)
  • 60% of course time in clinical practice
  • First class facilities and equipment

Operating Department Practitioners play an essential role in the delivery of services in the operating theatre.

As an ODP, you will play an important part of the theatre team and work alongside surgeons and anaesthetists. Students are required to sign a contract of professional behaviour on commencement of the course.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: Diploma (HE) Operating Department Practice.

Professional body accreditation

The course incorporates relevant aspects of the CODP BSc (Hons) ODP curriculum and fully meets the Health and Care Professions Council's Standards of Education and Training and the Quality Assurance Agency's Benchmark Statements for Operating Department Practice.

On completion of the course, you will fully meet the Health and Care Professions Council's Standards of Proficiency for Operating Department Practice and will be eligible to apply for professional registration.

Work placements

You’ll spend approximately 60% of your time in clinical practice during the course of your studies.

Placement activities will be supervised by a work-based mentor, who will support your development and oversee practical assessments.

This will give you hands-on experience of working with patients, combined with plenty of opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge in the operating theatre environment.

You will work in a range of surgical areas, including:

  • General and abdominal surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Obstetrics
  • Ear, nose and throat.

To meet the professional requirements of the course, you will cover a range of anaesthetic, surgical and recovery experiences, which includes:

  • Obstetrics
  • Head and neck
  • Elective (planned) cases 
  • Emergency cases.

This means that you may have to travel to different placement areas to get these experiences.

7 weeks holiday each year is built into the programme, typically at Christmas, Easter and during the summer.

Hospitals providing practice placements in support of this course are:

  • Royal Stoke Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
  • County Hospital, Stafford
  • North Staffordshire Nuffield Hospital
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Telford
  • Queen’s Hospital, Burton-on-Trent
  • Rowley Hall Hospital, Stafford
  • Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry
  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury
  • Royal Hospital Wolverhampton

Course content

You’ll develop your skills in clinical laboratories that are equipped with some of the most advanced teaching equipment available. In our state-of-the-art simulated Operating Theatre, for example, you’ll train in the delivery of basic care, right through to managing emergency situations.

Your first year provides a foundation, helping to strengthen your knowledge to support your practice, in anaesthetics, surgery, biological sciences, and professional practice.

Your second year develops your critical analysis and application of evidence-based practice in anaesthetics, surgery and post-anaesthetic care, as well as preparing you for practice as a registered practitioner.

Areas of study include:

  • Preparation of the operating department and equipment used in anaesthesia and surgery
  • Health & safety and infection control
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating perioperative care
  • Psychosocial aspects of health
  • Biological sciences
  • Legal & ethical perspectives
  • Pain management
  • Pharmacology and drug administration
  • Managing clinical emergencies


Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Foundations of Professional Practice Compulsory
Foundations of Biological Sciences & Pharmacology Compulsory
Foundations of Anaesthetic and Recovery Practice Compulsory
Foundations of Surgical Practice Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Preparation for Professional Practice Compulsory
Applied Anaesthetic and Recovery Practice Compulsory
Applied Surgical Practice Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies, including expertise in simulated learning, human factors, and digital capability.