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Optometry

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

'A' Level: AAB (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

33

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

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

DDD

DDD. Applied Science, Medical Science or Biomedical Science in addition to an A-Level C grade or above in Biology, Maths or Physics

UCAS Tariff

136

136 UCAS tariff points (or AAB with a relevant EPQ).

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Optometry

This course prepares you to work as an optometrist, making a real difference to the lives of people who suffer from vision impairment and sight loss.

City students benefit from state-of-the-art clinics and laboratories including the City Sight Optometry Clinic and from study, placement and employment opportunities in a diverse capital city. City’s Department of Optometry and Visual Science has an excellent reputation with expert academics from a range of disciplines, including optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians, orthoptists, physicists, psychologists, neuroscientists and biologists.

You will learn about vision and the eye, through topics like optics, biology, eye disease and visual impairment. You’ll also learn about therapeutic solutions such as contact lenses and ophthalmic lenses and dispensing.

In your final year, you’ll develop your clinical practice by working in our very own eye clinic, City Sight. You will examine members of the public – from babies to the elderly – presenting with a wide range of ocular conditions and needs.

Please note this course is being updated for September 2023 entry, as such the course title, module titles and course content will be subject to change. Details will be updated soon.

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

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
£18,260
per year
International
£18,260
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:

Department of Optometry and Visual 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.

87%
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

79%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
10%
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.

Ophthalmics

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

£17k

£17k

£34k

£34k

£34k

£34k

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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