To work as an Operating Department Practitioner in NHSScotland, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will need to study an approved pre-registration programme, which takes 2-3 years full-time, depending on whether you undertake a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) or Batchelor of Science (BSc) course. Once you have graduated, you'll be eligible to apply for registration.
Entry requirements vary depending on the university or other education providers. Specific entry requirements, including other accepted qualifications, are provided on each university website. You can also find details of entry requirements for each course on the UCAS website.
Previous experience of paid or voluntary work in a hospital or other healthcare setting may also be an advantage. This will give you valuable insight to what the job entails and support your personal statement in your application.
You can visit the HCPC website for a full list of approved educational institutions and operating department practice programmes across the UK.
Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) – Access to Health & Life Sciences (SCQF Level 6) or Access to Biological Sciences (SCQF Level 6)
These programmes are for adults returning to education, perhaps changing career or seeking to gain the equivalent university entry qualifications needed for an operating department practice undergraduate programme. There are no formal entry qualifications, but applicants should have a good standard of general education and have been away from formal education for a minimum of 2 – 3 years.
Successful completion of the course could lead to:
- A degree in operating department practice by applying to universities that participate in the SWAP partnership programme
- Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
Please visit the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) website for more information or you can view the following videos: