Operating Department Practice

If your application to study BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day in Cambridge or Chelmsford.

On this page, you'll find some handy tips about preparing for your interview.

Come prepared

You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of an operating department practitioner (ODP):

  • when you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Therefore, you must be aware of and uphold the HCPC's professional values and behaviours
  • additionally, as you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree, and throughout your career, you're expected to be familiar with and uphold the NHS Constitution and values.

Format of the day

Your interview day will take the following format.

Talk on studying operating department practice

For the first stage you'll be all together as a group and given a short presentation on studying BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice at ARU.

Literacy assessment

You'll be asked to read a question and demonstrate an understanding of the topic, previous questions have included 'What is an ODP?', 'What is confidentially?' or 'what is good communication?' You'll have 20 minutes to write an essay-style answer, which is expected to be well constructed, legible and use correct grammar and punctuation.

Numeracy assessment

The numeracy test consists of 20 questions – these vary from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You’ll be allowed to use a calculator, so make sure you bring one with you. It's crucial to do some homework beforehand so that you're comfortable with the different sums.

Mini scenario interview

In the scenario interview you’ll be given different scenarios which will be linked to one or more of the NHS Values. We’ll be looking to test your verbal and non-verbal communication skills, confidentiality, care, compassion, judgement, competence, courage and ethics, among other desirable attributes for an aspiring ODP. We'll ask you to respond, in groups, to scenarios such as: You are an ODP entering a theatre staff changing room ten minutes prior to being in theatre to prepare for your case with Dr 'A'. As you enter, you see Dr ‘A’ take a swig of a clear drink (which you suspect is alcohol) from a bottle and quickly close their locker. You start a conversation with Dr ‘A’ and over the course of this, the doctor begins to forget things and slur their words. How would you deal with this scenario?

Campus tour

One of our student ambassadors will take your group on a campus tour.

Individual interview

The individual interview is your chance to impress our panel with your understanding of the role of an ODP, and why you would make a good candidate. You'll be asked a few questions by our academic staff and clinicians from the NHS. The panel may also include service users.

Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Consider visiting us at an Open Day if you haven't already, then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before your interview day.