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    A vital part of the surgical team, ODPs work alongside medical and nursing staff to provide care for patients undergoing surgery. They practice in three main areas: anaesthetics, surgery and recovery.

    The programme provides the opportunities you need for a successful career as a Registered ODP. In fact, GCU is the only university in Scotland to deliver this programme.

    On this programme, you'll take part in a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will develop both your knowledge and practical clinical skills. These include lectures, tutorials, seminars, self-directed study and practical workshops. You'll then build on this study by spending time in our Clinical Simulation Laboratory and Simulated Theatre Area. This will allow you to increase your confidence and learn practical skills in a safe, supervised environment.

    Clinical placements are an essential part of the programme and you will spend 60% of your time workin in operating theatres. During these placements, you will work as part of the theatre team and be supported by a specially trained mentor. It's a great opportunity to apply academic theory to clinical practice.

    After graduation, there are many exciting careers available to Registered ODPs in today's Health Service. ODPs are highly sough-after - which, of course, means that theatre departments throughout the UK are keen to employ graduates of this programme.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 24 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    During each term, students spend five weeks in the University followed by eight weeks in clinical practice.

    Year 1: The first year of the programme introduces students to the three key areas of perioperative care, anaesthetics, surgery and immediative postoperative care. It also focuses on: clinical skills, communication, life sciences, infection control and professional practice.

    Year 2: The second year of the programme strengthens the student's skills in perioperative care and focuses on the care of patients who are highly dependent or who have complex care needs. This includes: paediatric, emergency and obstetric surgery and anaesthesia.

    Work placement: Clinical placements are an essential and rewarding component of the ODP programme. During placements students work as part of the perioperative care team and are supported by a specially trained mentor. This allows students to apply academic theory to clinical practice.

    Assessment: A variety of assessment methods are used, including examinations, written assignments and assessment in the clinical area and in the University's clinical skills laborator.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Higher: CC, A Level: DD, ILC: CC at C1. Candidates must satisfactorily pass an interview, a health screen and a criminal record check.

    Essential subjects: English and Mathematics (S Grade 3/GCSE C/ILC-O).

    Recommended subjects: Mathematics and a science subject (GCSE C/S Grade 3/Int 2).

    FE college students: Contact us or visit for a copy of our College Student Supplement.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Glasgow Caledonian University.


    On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council.

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