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School Selection Procedures - Operating Department Practice


Initial assessment: Initial shortlisting is on the basis of information provided in your UCAS application and this is undertaken by department staff.

Interview: Information contained in the UCAS application contributes to the selection of applicants for interview. Interviews are conducted by a member of staff of the Department of ODP and representatives from participating hospitals. No applicant will be offered a place without an interview.

Psychometric Testing: If you are successful in the initial assessment interview you will then undertake a series of psychometric tests, which assess, for example, numerical reasoning, verbal ability, abstract reasoning and mechanical reasoning.

Clinical Placement Interview: If you are successful at interview you will be allocated to a base hospital for clinical education and experience. You may be required to attend the allocated hospital for an interview. The decision to employ students, at the allocated hospital, is made by the theatre manager.

BSc Programme

Application for this programme must be made directly to the University. Please contact the University for more information. Entry to the programme is open to the following applicants:

  • Registered Operating Department Practitioners, currently working within a theatre-based environment and holding one of the following qualifications:
  • City & Guilds 752 Hospital Operating Department Assistant, with evidence of appropriate CPD.
  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Certificate in Operating Department Practice level 3;
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Operating Department Practice, with evidence of appropriate CPD.
  • Registered Nurses, currently working within a theatre based environment, with a minimum of 12 months appropriate theatre experience and evidence of appropriate CPD.

It is considered that all students satisfying the above requirements are currently working at an academic level above Level 2 (at least Higher Education undergraduate diploma level).

Use of Contextual Data

Further information is to follow. For details of University policy, please click here.

Admissions Tests

The School of Healthcare Sciences does not have any standardised admissions test requirements.

Selection Interviews

The School of Healthcare Sciences usually interviews applicants for its undergraduate programmes. If you are applying for the Diploma of Higher Education in Operating Department Practice, the selection process will always involve an interview.

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