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Operating Department Practice (Sessional) (BSc) Part time

Entry year

Individual modules available for the Continuing Professional Development of healthcare professionals.

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Course overview

The aim of undertaking a standalone module is to help you meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care environment and make a valuable contribution to patient care and clinical practice by developing your knowledge, deepen your understanding and enhance your skills. We offer several modules for registered nurses and operating department practitioners and midwives who would like to continue their professional development.

Distinctive features

We are a leading provider of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals. Containing a mix of contact sessions and self-directed learning, our undergraduate taught modules benefit from the input of researchers and clinicians who are working at the frontiers of knowledge in their areas of expertise.

The School of Healthcare Sciences has recently invested in new facilities and equipment, including a Clinical Simulation Suite, aiming to provide some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal.

The School provides pre-registration courses recognised by the UK Health & Care Professions Council in radiotherapy and oncology, occupational therapy, operating department practice, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography and imaging. It also provides pre-registration courses in nursing and midwifery. This contributes to a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, with opportunities for shared learning and inter-professional education not available at many institutions.

Applying for 2019 or 2020

UCAS codeDirect entry
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 years
ModePart time

Entry requirements

Please contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for further information.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Please contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for further information.

Please contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for further information.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Healthcare Sciences admissions criteria pages.


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.


At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Please contact the School of Healthcare Sciences for further information.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

This course is charged on a per-module basis. For more information please refer to our Courses charged by module page.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.

Additional costs


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

Standalone modules are studied on a part-time basis and are taught over a single semester.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

This is a flexible part-time course with variable path options. Please see the relevant module descriptors for further information.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

Our programmes are designed to be stimulating, flexible and relevant to the needs of a professional healthcare career.

Diverse learning and teaching methods are used throughout, reflecting module content, students’ developing knowledge and growing expertise. All modules have a formalised teaching and learning structure which employ a range of teaching delivery across the modules, including; formal lectures, tutorials, workshops, simulations, seminars, online discussions, presentations and group work.

Independent studying is also an important aspect of the programme. Specific work may be set but you will also be required to identify gaps in your understanding and initially address these in self-study or independent learning sessions.

Each of the module descriptions will outline its learning and teaching strategy and where appropriate, learning resources will be identified. Please see the relevant module descriptors for further information.

How will I be supported?

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will provide pastoral support and academic guidance throughout the programme. .

Our virtual learning environment is accessible via desktop and mobile devices, allowing you to access electronic resources from anywhere. Dedicated computer labs, student study rooms, campus-wide WiFi networks, printing facilities and a dedicated healthcare library are available year-round. Staff are available on site to assist students and provide support and advice.

The School of Healthcare Sciences has recently invested in new facilities and equipment, including a Clinical Simulation Suite, aiming to provide some of the best technology and modern facilities at your disposal.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


We will provide you with feedback on your work in a variety of formats. These will include oral feedback during tutorials, feedback provided during lectures, written feedback provided through online module discussion forums, and electronic written feedback on assessed coursework through GradeMark. You will be provided with summary written feedback in relation to examinations and you can discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor. 

Students will receive written feedback on all assessments in accordance with the School’s Assessment and Feedback Strategy.



How will I be assessed?

Assessment of academic and professional competencies is designed to meet the requirements of academic, professional and statutory bodies. Within a modules’ assessment, you will be required to demonstrate an ability to investigate, select, synthesise, analyse, reflect on and critically evaluate information.

The assessment criteria are based on models of professional, education and supervision and can include:

  • professional reasoning – to demonstrate how you meet the learning outcomes for entry into the occupational therapy profession
  • critical self-appraisal – to enable you to reflect autonomously on practice
  • problem solving – to enable you to solve practical problems in practice
  •  reflective practitioner – to take reflection beyond critical self-appraisal and problem solving, to promote these in action

Some modules can require the completion of a clinical portfolio. With this in mind each student will be expected to identify a clinical mentor to support them in achieving the clinical learning outcomes of each module as required.

Summative assessment methods within modules are specific to the skills studied and may include;

  • Written assignments
  • Clinical portfolios
  • Poster development
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Clinical OSCEs

What are the learning outcomes of this course/programme?

Please refer to the relevant module descriptors for further information.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Students completing standalone modules will already have employment, however future opportunities are enhanced and students do progress and their employers report recognisable improvement in the care they deliver to patients and families.


It is expected that applicants have an existing role within the health field. Any practice placement components within a selected module will need to be undertaken within a student’s current area of practice.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.


Next Undergraduate Open Day

Spring 2020




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Applying for 2018 or 2019