You'll need to study a two-year diploma of higher education or three-year degree in operating department practice approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. You can top up your diploma to a degree after qualifying if you want.
You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.
As well as a student loan, you may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which helps with hardship, travel and childcare costs.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and sometimes a science
- 3 A levels or equivalent