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Optometry

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

AAA two science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics AAB two science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, for contextual offer students* AAB three science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. ABB two science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, for contextual offer students* More details about interview scoring will be provided to shortlisted candidates and Contextual Offer Scheme details can be found here https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaIoffer Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. Resits: We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer. We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A Levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to re-sit your A-levels.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Total five GCSEs required as follows: B/5 Mathematics C/4 English plus three GCSEs at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

2 Science Subjects: 32 points overall, three Higher Level subjects at 6 6 6, must include 2 science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in English Language and grade 6 in Maths. Or 32 points overall, three Higher Level subjects at 6 5 5 must include 2 science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in English Language and grade 6 in Maths for contextual offer students (more details https://www.aston.ac.uk/undergraduate/contextual-offer-aston-ready). 3 Science Subjects: 32 points overall, three Higher Level subjects at 6 6 5 must include 3 science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in English Language and grade 6 in Maths. Or 32 points overall, three Higher Level subjects at 6 5 5 must include 3 science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in English Language and grade 6 in Maths for contextual offer students (more details https://www.aston.ac.uk/undergraduate/contextual-offer-aston-ready).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. However, if you are taking this BTEC in Applied Science subject, you must also achieve grade B in one A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. However, if you are taking this BTEC in Applied Science subject, you must also achieve grade B in one A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Three from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths to be included.

UCAS Tariff

136-159

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Optometry

Our four year MOptom (Hons) Optometry course has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the practice of optometry and is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC). With clinical experience throughout, this course offers an integrated masters level year which is studied via distance learning during the pre-registration period.

From your first weeks you’ll learn about the internal structures of the eye and how to assess occular health, and as you move further into the course you will have the opportunity to:

- Access our unique virtual patient simulators will help you to develop initial clinical skills.

- Supervised hands-on clinical experience working with patients at the Aston Eye Clinic, based on our vibrant city centre campus.

- Learn to conduct a wide range of tests and examinations across all aspects of eye care for people at all times of life; from paediatrics (children) to geriatric (older people) optometry

- Discover the range of specialist fields and areas of optometry from dry eye to low vision by observing specialist clinics led by experts.

- Develop knowledge and experience in the fitting and aftercare of contact lenses.

- Broaden your understanding of the role opticians play in the wider healthcare field by taking part in interdisciplinary learning.

During the MOptom year you will deepen your knowledge of topics such as advanced investigative techniques, evidence-based clinical research, glaucoma, interprofessional communication, ocular prescribing, and retinal and macular disorders.
You will remain enrolled on a full-time basis at Aston and complete six masters-level modules, four of which will be taught modules and two are coursework modules. As this course is an integrated work based learning year, students are able to work and study at the same time.

Completing the MOptom enables you to achieve a master’s degree as you qualify as a registered optometrist. Whilst undergoing the pre-registration period, your depth of knowledge will be enhanced by the distance modules that we offer, and your skills will continue to be refined and grow during this year.

**Key course benefits:**

- 3rd in the UK for Research Quality (Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics, Complete University Guide, 2020).

- Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics, Complete University Guide, 2020).

- 6th in the UK for graduate prospects (Subjects Allied to Medicine, Sunday Times, 2020).

- Integrated masters level qualification, allowing you to work and study at the same time.

Modules

Year 1
Develop your knowledge of the scientific principles that underpin optometry, while acquiring a range of core clinical skills. Core modules: Medical Biology and Pathology, Clinical Practice 1, Basic Investigative Techniques, Clinical Visual Biology, Ophthalmic Lenses, Optics and Medical Imaging, Vision and Visual Perception, and Personal and Professional Development.

Year 2
Gain skills in contact lens fitting, dispensing and binocular vision. You’ll also develop your ability to perform a full eye examination and manage patients. Core modules: Clinical Practice Development, Clinical Practice 2, Contact Lenses, Further Investigative Techniques, Ophthalmic Optics, and Vision Science and Research Methods.

Year 3
See a wide range of patients in our public service clinic and gain experience in specialist optometry services. Develop further knowledge in areas such as ocular disease and abnormality as well as the professional skills required for a career in optometry. Core modules: Anterior Eye, Posterior Eye and General Ophthalmology, Binocular Vision and Paediatrics, Clinical Practice 3, Elective Studies, Ophthalmic Drugs, and Professional, Occupational and Low Vision.

Final year
Deepen your knowledge of topics such as advanced investigative techniques, evidence-based clinical research, glaucoma and interprofessional communication. You will remain enrolled on a full-time basis and study via distance learning while you complete the Scheme for Registration. You’ll complete six modules, four of which will be ‘taught’ modules, with two being coursework modules. Course material will be delivered online and you’ll be able to access your tutors via email, phone or in person. You will also attend four days of on-campus tutorials, workshops and exams. Core modules: Interprofessional Communication, Evidence-based Clinical Research, Retinal and Macular Disorders, Advanced Investigative Techniques, Ocular Prescribing, and Glaucoma.

For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

Teaching methods on our optometry programmes are varied and include a wide range of lectures, tutorials, and practical and clinical skills sessions.You’ll learn and gain invaluable insight from practising optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and opticians specialising in dispensing, contact lenses and low vision. They will be there to supervise and support you during your time working in the public service clinics in small groups. This range of experiences will provide you with, not only the practical skills, but also the personal industry insight and human skills that will really set you apart in the job market after graduation.

Like our teaching, assessments are varied and include examinations, written reports, presentations, and assessment of practical and clinical performance, which includes regulations that are part of the Fitness to Practise scheme.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Optometry

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Optometry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Allied health

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£36k

£36k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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