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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Clinical Optometry

UCAS Code: B510

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


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A levels ABB - must include two subjects from: maths, physics, chemistry, biology. The third subject can be any subject, excluding general studies and critical thinking. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted. Evidence of successful level 3 academic study over the last three years is also required. Visit our website for full details on course entry criteria.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Optometry

**Important - Provisional Approval**: Applicants should be aware that, while the programme remains under provisional approval, students recruited onto the programme are not guaranteed entry to the GOC register and may be required to undertake additional assessments through an alternative GOC approved education provider in the event that any aspect of the programme when delivered does not satisfy the GOC standards.

**Course Overview**: This innovative course in clinical optometry aims to prepare you to become a registered optometrist in a wide range of settings within this profession. The course aims to provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and clinical competence to practice safely and effectively in the speciality of optometry, prior to their pre-registration year and application to the General Optical Council (GOC) for professional registration. Continuing education and autonomy within this professional role is embedded within the three-year course.

You will have the opportunity to learn and develop your clinical skills from the first year, both within the purpose built university optometry clinic and in placements in a variety of settings. From year one and throughout the course you will be out on regular placements, in settings including community optometric practices, independent optometric practices, acute specialist hospital settings and other specialist placements. Placements are an integral part of the course and you will be out in a variety of placements from year one. This will require travel to and from different locations within the north east.

**After the course**: This course is designed to prepare you to become a registered optometrist in a wide range of settings within this profession.

To apply for registration as an Optometrist with the GOC you will need to achieve at least a 2:2 degree classification. This requires completion of a pre-registration period of training under supervision, which includes work-based assessment and a final assessment on the Stage 2 core competencies for optometry. Successful completion of this, together with evidence of meeting the required standards of performance and conduct, allows application for full registration with the GOC which confers fitness to practice as an optometrist in the UK.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
International
£13,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


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£22,000
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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
98%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Therapy professionals
29%
Health associate professionals
17%
Health professionals

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

Optometry

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

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£25k

£25k

£23k

£23k

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