Operating Department Practice DipHE | 2017/18
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Operating Department Practice DipHE 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLSH017

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Do you thrive under pressure? The Operating Department Practice DipHE can lead to a rewarding career in a hospital’s operating department.

Operating department practitioners are an important part of the operating department team working with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure every operative procedure is as safe and effective as possible for the patient and staff.

See the facilities available in our brand new Science and Health Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

On successful completion, you have the opportunity to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). For more information please see the HCPC website.

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Course information

As an operating department practitioner, you’ll work with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of every operation.

But before that you’ll need to study, and if you choose to study this two-year course with us, you’ll learn in our brand new Science and Health Building!

The course is largely made up of practical placements, however, you’ll also need to understand the background theory behind the operating department, which you can learn in our lectures and seminars.

93%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

Year One focuses on the acquisition of the foundation skills and knowledge in terms of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. In addition, you will gain an understanding of research literature, clinical skills and inequalities in health and social care.

Overview

Year Two builds on year one enhancing your skills, knowledge and decision-making strategies to enable effective working as a qualified operating department practitioner.

11th

Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked 11th by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

The practical placements form a large part of this course but you will also need to cover the foundation theory that underpins operating department practice.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, and clinical skills teaching, involving clinical practitioners, simulation using high-tech manikins, online work and practice placements.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 50%
  • Presentations, posters: 25%
  • Formal examinations: 10%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Group work: 5%

All placements are assessed by achieving specific clinical competency outcomes. All placements must be passed and hours completed to be eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

25% assessed by presentations and posters

In a typical week you will have up to 19 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 10 hours of supervised learning each week.
  • Medium-group teaching: 5 hours of clinical skills teaching each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend at least one day per week for personal learning while in University.

If you have a specific hospital outside of the UK that you can secure a placement at, you will have the chance to take an optional extra four-week observational placement at the end of your course.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSH017
BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
MPP in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Health and Social Care Related subject (will accept Sports Courses). 24 points 64 UCAS tariff points and minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English Language, Science and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Portfolio

Applicants will also be required to attend a selection event, which provides detailed information about the course and assesses numeracy and literacy as part of the selection process. Satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service required. Evidence of experience of health care e.g. residential or nursing homes, voluntary work with elderly/children/disabled care assistant work or work-based placements in the care sector is required.

You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test here.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

An overall pass in a health related Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Merit.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels

Career prospects

We work very closely with the NHS Trust and the majority of our completers are offered posts within the clinical placement areas, which they have become familiar with throughout the two-year course.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.

98%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have secured specific operating department practice positions within NHS Hospital Trusts and private hospitals, often before they have completed their programme of study.

£22k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

This course has provided my foundation of resources, knowledge and confidence required to become a proficient practitioner , providing the highest standard of care to patients.

Bonnie Vowels
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.