Develop the skills and experience to become an operating department practitioner (ODP) and pursue a career providing highly specialised assistance to surgeons, anaesthetists and other medical practitioners. Your university-based study consists of two academic blocks each year. The rest of your time is spent on clinical placement and makes up 60% of your course. This is essential to your studies. The clinical experience you gain enables you to match and translate your academic learning to the clinical skills needed to be an ODP. This in turn enhances your career prospects on qualification. Your learning takes place in purpose-built teaching rooms that include a fully equipped operating theatre, 3D virtual reality suite, ward and clinical areas. Your learning consists of large and small group teaching, seminars, workshops, self-directed and tutor-directed study.