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As this programme is funded by the Department of Health, it is not open to international students.
- ODPs play a crucial role working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses, preparing instruments and equipment, delivering patient care and assessment, and ensuring every operation is as safe and effective as possible.
- Strong relationships with placement providers mean you spend up to 70% of your time on clinical placements experiencing the realities of the job.
- On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
- Enjoy the support of a dedicated teaching team, all of whom have an appropriate clinical background and many years of teaching experience.
- Offers excellent potential for career development and typically achieves a 100% employment record for graduates.
- Funded by the Department of Health, and therefore not open to international students; you may apply for non means-tested bursary
Why Choose Us?
- We are proud of the excellent student satisfaction scores at Birmingham City University, reflecting our excellent teaching and commitment to putting students at the heart of everything we do - 91 per cent of our nursing students were satisfied overall (NSS survey 2013).
- The Faculty of Health is the University's largest, with over 7,000 full and part-time students enjoying the inspiration of a caring, collaborative and cutting-edge community.
- Based in the £30 million award-winning Seacole Building, with mock hospital wards, mock Operating Theatre, Home Environment and laboratory.
- SIM Men - breathing and talking mannequins attached to monitors replicating conditions such as falling blood pressure and cardiac arrest - help create real-life experiences.
- Access to a fully equipped, operational Ambulance when required.
- Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience the practicalities of patient operations in a safe environment.
- SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
- The SPACE facility is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
- Annual Health and Social Care Awards invite nominations for, among others, exceptional performance by students on placement.
Literacy and Numeracy testing is now required as part of the selection process for this programme. Try our sample tests – see how you would do!
A minimum of 220 UCAS tariff points:
|Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved prior to application:|
|GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. (GCSE equivalents not accepted, e.g. Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy).
|Irish Leaving Certificate, Grade B3 or above to include English and Mathematics and preferably a science subject.
|Scottish qualifications, Intermediate Standard 2 or above in English and Mathematics and preferably a science subject.|
|Plus one of the following Level 3 qualifications which you may be working towards:|
|GCE A/A2 Level
220 UCAS tariff points from a maximum of three A/A2 level passes. A typical offer would be CCD. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
|GCE AS/A1 level
Two subjects accepted with A/A2 Level passes. Must achieve a minimum or 220 UCAS tariff points. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
|GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade AB required (220 tariff points)
|GCE A/A2 Level with additional AS/A1 (9 units)
Will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications to equate to 220 tariff points.
|BTEC National Certificate in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade DD required (240 tariff points)
|BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care
Minimum Grade MMM required (240 tariff points)
|BTEC National Certificate in Early Years
Will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications to equate to 220 tariff points.
|BTEC National Diploma in Early Years
Minimum Grade MMM required (220 tariff points)
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 24 (260 tariff points)
|CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education
Minimum Grade C required (240 UCAS tariff points)
|Access to HE Diploma
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction of which a minimum of 12 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2, must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent if not already achieved.
|Advanced GNVQ in Health and Social Care
Distinction required (equates to AB at A2 - 220 points).
|NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care
Full award required.
|Irish Leaving Certificate
Maximum of 5 Highers at Grade C3 or above to achieve 220 UCAS tariff points.
|Scottish Leaving Certificate
Maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above to achieve 220 UCAS tariff points.
|14 –19 Progression Diploma in Society, Health and Development
Minimum Grade B required (250 points).
|14-19 Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development
|OCR National Diploma
Minimum Grade D (240 points).
|OCR National Extended Diploma
Minimum M3 (240 points)
|The Open University K101 - An Introduction to Health and Social Care (or equivalents)
Completion of full year (transcripts will be required).
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.
Should you feel that you hold relevant qualifications which are not listed above – please email: email@example.com marking the subject field as: "Admissions Tutor - Dip HE Operating Department Practice" and provide the information you wish to be assessed. The tutor will respond directly to you.
- Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years.
- Applicants are required to undertake an interview.
- Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Enhanced Heath Check, Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
- Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, interview and reference all form part of the selection criteria for this course.
Sample Numeracy and Literacy Test and Answers
Apply via UCAS, using UCAS code B990
How will I know what has happened to my UCAS application when I have submitted it?
This programme operates a modified gathered field approach to applications which means that some decisions are delayed until all on-time applications have been received. Once decisions have been made you will be notified via UCAS of this decision, if you have been successfully short listed you will be invited to attend the selection process by Birmingham City university’s health admissions unit. Invitations will be sent electronically to the email address supplied on your application form. Please regularly check both the UCAS website and you inbox for information pertaining to your application. N.B. Please note that sometimes emails from Universities are diverted to SPAM/Junk mailboxes so it is worth checking these regularly too.
What will the selection process consist of?
For this programme you are required to undertake literacy and numeracy testing. As a further part of the recruitment process you will be required to participate in a debate alongside other applicants where we will be assessing qualities such as communication skills, participation etc. Decisions will be made based on achieving a minimum score for both literacy and numeracy and your performance in the debate.
How will I know the outcome of my interview?
As we are required to give equal consideration to all applications received before the 15th January we are unable to make final decisions until all interviews are complete. However we do aim to make all offers by 31st March and this information will be available via UCAS Track.
Can I request feedback?
Yes you can request feedback at any point in the process. This must be requested in writing to Health.Admissions@bcu.ac.uk
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.
You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2014||FT||2 years||DipHE||NHS Funded|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
We recommend you join a Union or professional body, approximate annual fee £35.
Eligible UK students who have a place on a NHS-funded course will normally have their tuition fees paid on their behalf and may apply for a means-tested maintenance bursary plus funding for subsistence. They may also be able to apply for a partial student maintenance loan from Student Finance England if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Full-time and part-time undergraduate EU students may be eligible to apply to the NHS for support with their tuition fees only.
For further information (UK and EU students) visit the NHS Student Bursaries website.
We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes how to access non means tested grants, means tested bursaries and any additional grants.
Dates for 2014
Our next Open Day is Saturday 14 June 2014. Booking for this will open in Spring 2014.
Our Open Days provides you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
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University Approach to Employability
Expertly woven into our curriculum and work experience opportunities, and underpinned by a diligent approach to career preparation and the close involvement of professional bodies, the University views employment as one of the principal rewards for a student's ambition, application and academic achievement. It's why the University is one of the country's top 30 universities* for placing students in graduate-level employment.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
* Sunday Times University Guide 2012
Upon registration as an ODP with the Health Professions Council (HPC) you will work within a multi-disciplinary operating theatre team. Although primarily employed within operating theatres, they are increasingly recognised for skills, clinical experience and knowledge which can be transferred to many health care settings, including:
- Anaesthesia, resuscitation, surgery, transplant
- Trauma teams
- Post-anaesthesia care unit (recovery)
- Intensive care units
- Accident and emergency
- Helicopter emergency medical services
- Pre-assessment clinics
- Casting rooms/orthopaedic clinics.
Placements are available within NHS Trusts and Private Healthcare Facilities throughout Birmingham and beyond. Placements are primarily within Operating Theatres but opportunities may be available for broader Healthcare experiences.
A placement is your chance to be a part of the working world of health and social care as it really is: your first taste of your career. For most of our courses, it's a compulsory part of your training; it's that important.
Placements help you with your confidence, by putting theory from the classroom into practice. We make sure you get a quality experience and that you are fully supported by a workplace mentor on hand throughout your placement.
You can specialise post-registration or move into management or teaching.
A comprehensive portfolio of post-registration short courses that focuses on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is available within the Faculty of Health, along with other postgraduate schemes.
Many are taught as part-time flexible modules to fit around your work and domestic commitments.
Advice is available on an individual basis on request, with reference to appropriate subjects, levels and routes of access.
About KIS data
From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.
Putting our students first
We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.
85.6% of leavers from the School of Health and Social Care who responded to our survey entered employment (and/or further study), earning an average salary of £22,500. Employers including Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust offering positions such as Social Worker and District Nurse.
Working with your Students’ Union
Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.
The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.
As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.
The course is taught in state-of-the-art facilities, including a mock theatre and plaster room, where we use a variety of teaching methods to help you get the most from your study, reflecting the subject matter and your individual needs.
From structured lectures to personal use of our multimedia facilities, the focus for learning in the classroom is to help you to:
- Work as part of a team
- Understand how an ODP fits into the team and what they do
- Understand the role played by other professionals
- Manage your clinical workload
- Make informed decisions
- Communicate effectively
- Adapt to different practice settings
- Adopt effective reporting and recording strategies.
You will study 120 credits at each of Levels 4 and 5.
Upon successful completion you will graduate with a Diploma in Higher Education, Operating Department Practice (ODP), which will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
ODPs are a vital part of the operating theatre team and their role varies from day to day.
Working alongside surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and healthcare support workers, they ensure that every operation is as safe and effective as possible. Primarily employed within operating theatres to work as surgical, anaesthetic or recovery practitioners, they maintain and restore the physical and psychological patient status at all levels, through the assessment, planning and delivery of individualised care.
ODPs are involved in the preparation of instruments and equipment including anaesthetic machines, intravenous equipment and airway devices to ensure the safety of patients.
ODPs assess and deliver individual care to patients throughout the perioperative experience and then assess the patient before discharging them to a surgical ward. This includes the assessment and management of pain, including the administration of analgesia, communication with the patient and evaluation of their vital signs.
Assessment methods include written assignments, examinations, simulations, staged tests, workshop examinations and clinical placements. Assessment takes place throughout the year to enable you to monitor your progress and obtain appropriate support.
Some of the assessments are designed to test certain competencies or essential skills but do not count as credits towards the final award. Those assessments are as follows:
|Title of Module||The non-credit assessment name (e.g. competencies)||Brief description||When (year) the assessment takes place in the programme|
|ODP4005 Learning in Clinical Practice||Competencies||Clinical competences achieved in practice. Pass/fail. 2 attempts||End of year 1|
|ODP5013 Learning in Clinical Specialist Practice||Competencies||Clinical competences achieved in practice. Pass/fail. 2 attempts||End of year 2 (final year)|
|ODP5012 Specialist Nature of Operating Department Practice||Medicines Management Exam (Drug Calculations)||Drug Calculations exam, pass/fail. 2 attempts.||¾ way through year 2 (final year)|
The Faculty of Health boasts up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
The mock operating theatre is set up in the way that you would it find in a hospital, with all of the machinery, tools and equipment necessary. Operating theatres can be daunting and confusing places on first view but with access to our mock theatre, you will be able to build up confidence and feel comfortable in your working environment.
Mary Seacole Library
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
- Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
- Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
- Microsoft Office software
- Research and statistical software
- Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Corporate ICT Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Prospective students from the UK or EU
- Take a look at our for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
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