Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age by the start date of the programme

  • If English is not the first language, be able to demonstrate equivalence to IELTS 6.5 or above)

  • Be able to display an appreciation of the principles and values that underpin the NHS Constitution

  • Possess 3 GCSE passes at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), to include Mathematics and English (equivalents accepted).

  • Possess 112 accumulated UCAS tariff points.

These will normally be gained from qualifications including:

    • A Level (nominal grades BBC)

    • A2 and AS Level

    • Scottish and Irish Equivalents

    • Access to Higher Education (HE) Programmes

    • Vocational Awards

    • International Baccalaureates

Where applicants have accumulated tariff points from Access to HE programmes or Vocational Awards, the subject of the Award should be health or social care related.


Mature applicants (21+)

Applicants aged 21 or over who do not meet the above entry criteria and in the judgement of the University submit sufficient evidence of; serious previous study in the health and social care sector, the academic aptitude to pursue a programme in Operating Department Practice and relevant work experience, may be eligible for admission.

For further details on how many points your qualifications are awarded, go to the UCAS Tariff Table at:



English Requirements: For more details of our English Language requirement: click here

Applicants who have completed part of the ODP programme at another institution in certain circumstances may be able to enter the programme with some of their prior learning and experience accredited. For details of this please contact us via email.

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Operating Department Practice Education
Room 2.51
George Davies Centre
University of Leicester
: odpeducation@le.ac.uk