Operating Department Practitioner (Qualified)

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  1. Hi I'm currently part of the way through my Dip HE in operating department practice. I will qualify in 2018.

    I have been looking at the entry requirements on the website. It says 88 UCAS points if taking exams this year or 220 if not.

    I completed an access course prior to starting uni so I'm unsure as to my UCAS points.

    Could someone point me in the right direction.... will I be part of the '88 UCAS' points seen as though I am still studying? I will be HCPC registered once I qualify.


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  2. It refers to the year you took your A-levels or equivalent, because the UCAS point system is changing this year. You did your access course prior to that, so the "220" applies to you - not the new "88".

    What was your access course? Have you got a link to the course info? And was it graded, e.g. merit or distinction. This info can be used to determine UCAS tariff. If in doubt though, speak to your AFCO.
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  3. Why would they require UCAS points if you were already a fully qualified ODP? (Genuine Question)
    AFCO wil know.

    Good luck with your training. I'm currently in my first year and loving the anaesthetics and scrub placements so far.
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  4. Because this is the RN: never let a good result get in the way of process.
  5. Process or progress? :rolleyes:
  6. Process.
  7. Thought it might be but sometimes either can be relevant. Depends on the context used I think.
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I've been doing a bit of digging with regard qualified ODP and it seems you may well have highlighted an anomaly on the RN website and indeed in the ODP(Qualified) factsheet Pdf which both indicate a UCAS requirement.

    As long as you have DipHE or BSc Operating Department Practice & are registered with HCPC, there is no UCAS requirement indicated on either the relevant recruiting instruction or the Job Eligibility Matrix, which are the standards applied by AFCOs.

    Where the confusion sometimes arises with regard UCAS requirements for Medical Branch personnel is if they are going to go to University whilst in the service and in these cases the UCAS requirement is mandated by the university, not the service.

    In the event DipHE qualified ODPs are going to be trained up to BSc standard after joining, then possibly the UCAS requirement stands and hence the potential confusion. It is also possible that the grade/standard of the qualification achieved influences the UCAS points gained and whether or not the job eligibility criteria is met. It is also possible, it's an error. ;)

    In order to get definitive guidance in this specialist area on this particular issue, it is probably best to call the Medical Specialist recruiters in Portsmouth next week: 02392 727096.
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  9. OK so having spoke to my local AFCO it turns out that as long as i qualify with either a full degree or a Dip HE then I don't need UCAS points :)
    Thanks guys

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  10. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Good effort. I've highlighted the website errors for correction.

    Best of luck
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