Work-based, part-time, degree apprenticeship undergraduate (39 months)
Mapped to the Operating Department Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard at Level 6, this course aims to develop a range of essential skills within all areas of the perioperative environment, encompassing care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. You’ll gain a BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice degree while you work, with fees funded by your employer and the Government.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
Develop your clinical skills in anaesthetics, surgery and recovery areas by putting your theoretical knowledge into practice. You’ll be encouraged to critically reflect on all aspects of your practice, develop a high standard of holistic care, an awareness of social, cultural and ethical implications in the perioperative environment, and cultivate effective leadership and management skills.
On completion of the course you will be able to facilitate change and innovation in your approach to patient care within a multidisciplinary team.
Successful completion will enable you to apply for professional registration as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
20% of your learning will be classed as ‘off the job’, which means that you'll be learning during normal working hours either in your place of work or with ARU’s learning resources.
We are delighted to support this innovative development from Anglia Ruskin University. Our experience of apprenticeship routes with ARU is that staff exit apprenticeship healthcare programmes with the skills and knowledge required for contemporary healthcare practice.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects and current innovations in practice.
On successful completion you will be able to apply to be a Registered Operating Department Practitioner (RODP) with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Career opportunities are wide-ranging in the UK and overseas, and include:
The learning outcomes of the BSc (Hons) course have been mapped to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB) in the apprenticeship standard to ensure you are prepared for the completion of your apprenticeship.
To make sure you’re developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice, we use a range of assessment methods. These include essays, presentations, exams, critical reflections and analysis, project work and assessment of practice competencies in the clinical setting.
By completing all modules, you will have acquired 340 credits to trigger the End Point Assessment gateway. With confirmation from your employer, this will give access to the final 20-credit module – the integrated EPA. All apprentices are required to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) to complete their apprenticeship. For this Apprenticeship, the EPA involves:
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Studying during COVID-19
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.
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