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Introduction to Optometry

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

to include 2 from Biology Chemistry Maths and/or Physics OR any 3 other A levels with grades BBB or equivalent

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, Language

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

D*DD

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD (BTEC D*DD should be in Medical Science/ Applied Science/Forensic Science.)

UCAS Tariff

96

Typically CCC from science subjects or BBB from non-science subjects equivalent (not including Language and Religious Studies)

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Optometry

This one year full-time Introduction to Optometry programme provides an introduction to clinical and professional optometric practice as well as a thorough education in the core subjects required to study BSc Optometry. It provides students with an alternative entry route onto the BSc Optometry course at City, University of London.

This course has been designed for students with an ambition to study optometry at BSc level, who have a passion for science and will enjoy a future working with the public and colleagues across the healthcare sector. Students develop a basic knowledge of the optics of vision and learn about anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to occular disease. The course provides students with the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing. Principles of some optometric instruments and techniques are also introduced.

Our Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences has an internationally excellent reputation within the optometric profession. The course curriculum is informed by our world leading research which is at the cutting edge of advances in the sector and the programme is taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

Career prospects for City's Radiography graduates are excellent. Many of our students go on to work in leading hospitals in London and throughout the UK and there is also a possibility to practice internationally. 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after completing the course (Discover Uni).

Modules

Core modules on the Introduction to Optometry programme include
- Introductory Biological Sciences
- Optometric Physics
- Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Personal and Professional Development
- Introduction to Clinical Skills.

In ‘Introductory Biological Sciences’ students learn about the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to ocular disease. During ‘Optometric Physics’ basic knowledge of the optics of vision are developed. In ‘Quantitative Methods’ students are provided with the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing. In ‘The Introduction to Clinical Skills’ module we introduce students to the principles of some optometric instruments and techniques.

Assessment methods

Assessment on the Introduction to Optometry programme is through a variety of methods which include: Closed book summative examinations, laboratory/clinic based coursework, practical examinations (including formative assessments), MCQ and short answer formative tests, and assessment of reports. Theory examinations are utilised to ensure the core biological, mathematical and physics concepts are understood and allow demonstratation of scientific knowledge. Practical assessment allows students to demonstrate ability to assess vision and visual acuity and also basic investigative techniques and the knowledge of the basic anatomy of the external eye. Coursework assessment permits students to spend time on compiling work, reflecting on the application of their studies and putting knowledge into context.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,920
per year
International
£15,920
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

School of Health Sciences

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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.

94%
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

88%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Elementary security occupations

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.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£31k

£31k

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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