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Optometry

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

'A' Level: ABB (including two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

34 points (including 6 in two Higher Level sciences and 5 in Standard Level English and Mathematics).

UCAS Tariff

128

128 UCAS tariff points (or ABB with a relevant EPQ).

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Optometry

The BSc (Hons) Optometry at City has achieved 94% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020). Our Optometry BSc degree offers a professionally recognised qualification preparing you for a flexible and rewarding career in optometry.

**Who is it for?**
This course has been designed for students with an ambition to become leaders in the field of optometry. You should have a passion for science and will enjoy a future working with the public and colleagues across the healthcare sector. Optometry is a career where you have the opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ lives who suffer from vision impairment and sight loss.

**Objectives**
As a student on the BSc Optometry course, you will be studying within a Division which has an internationally excellent reputation within the optometric profession. You will study a curriculum informed by our world leading research which is at the cutting edge of advances in the sector and be taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

Throughout your time at City, you will benefit from a combination of teaching styles including clinics and laboratories in our specialist on-campus facilities and clinical placements at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UK’s leading eye hospital. During your final year, you will further develop your clinical practice by working in our very own eye clinic City Sight where you will examine members of the public from babies to the elderly, presenting you with a wide range of ocular conditions and needs. During your fourth year, after graduating with BSc (Hons) in optometry, you will have to successfully complete the Scheme for Registration run by the College of Optometrists before you can join the register as an optometrist.

As a City student studying optometry, you can join OpSoc (the Optometry Society) which is run by our incredibly enthusiastic students. OpSoc is actively involved in competitions between universities and institutions and were recently named the winners of the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Film and Television award for their Hunger Games-inspired entry in sporting competitions. In addition they organise the annual student optometry ball, The Eyeball.The BSc (Hons) Optometry at City has achieved 94% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019). Our Optometry BSc degree offers a professionally recognised qualification preparing you for a flexible and rewarding career in optometry."

Modules

From your very first day at City, you will build a foundation in the basic sciences that underpin optometry and start your clinical training. Lectures are supported by tutorials and laboratory-based work.

Core modules include:

Optics;
Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing I
Neural biology and general pathology
Clinical skills I
Visual optics and measurement techniques

In your second year, you will expand and enhance your clinical skills, developing an understanding of ocular and systemic disease coupled with the neuroscience of visual perception. Clinical confidence and competence is supported by expert guidance from optometrists who will teach you how to use the latest technologies to investigate ocular abnormalities, thus preparing you for the final-year clinics.

Core modules include:

Clinical skills II
Contact lenses
Introduction to Eye Disease
Binocular Vision; Visual perception
Ophthalmic lenses and Dispensing II

In your third year, you will develop the knowledge and clinical skills that form the basis of optometric practice by seeing a diverse range of patients under supervision at our brand new City Sight Optometry Clinic. You will carry out full eye examinations and gain specialist skills in primary care, paediatrics, binocular vision, contact lenses, dispensing and visual impairment clinics. You will also observe patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world's leading eye hospitals.

Core modules include:

Eye disease and therapeutics
Clinical skills and professional practice
Binocular vision, paediatrics and visual impairment
Contact lenses II
Research studies

Please note the fourth year of study is for the MOptom (Hons) only.

The Masters in Optometry (MOptom) is a four-year programme consisting of the three years of the BSc and one additional year that runs in conjunction with your pre-registration training. The final year consists of four Masters-level modules covering:

Critical thinking in ophthalmic practice
Glaucoma
Medical retina
Optometric practice
Entry onto the MOptom course is limited to 20 places and is subject to a selection process. You will need to obtain an aggregate of at least 60 per cent across the three years of the BSc (Hons) Optometry course in order to be considered for transfer to the MOptom course.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- coursework
- written examinations
- clinical observation
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
- A project or dissertation is required in your final year.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,560
per year
International
£16,560
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:

Division of Optometry and Visual Science

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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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