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University of Bradford

UCAS Code: B512 | Master of Optometry - MOptom

Entry requirements

A level

A,A,B

AAB from 3 Full A Levels to include AA in two pure Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths) plus a B in another subject excluding General Studies. One re-sit per subject may be acceptable. Please note that where a Science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element.

As UCAS Tariff Science, Medicine, Science and Engineering, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Medical Sciences access courses accepted. Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths, plus one Science subject (Double Award Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at grade C or grade 4.

136 UCAS tariff points to include 2 Higher Level science subjects at Grade 6. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. (Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted). Must include 2 science subjects at the Higher Level at least a Grade 6.

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

DDD

Only accepted if combined with a Pure Science A-level minimum grade B.

A minimum of 136 UCAS points from 5 subjects (to include English Language at Grade A or B and three science subjects at Grade A).

UCAS Tariff

136

AAB from 3 Full A Levels to include AA in two pure Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths) plus a B in another subject excluding General Studies. Also five GCSE's at grade C or grade 4 to include English Language, Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Mathematics equivalences will not be accepted) and at least one of the following: Double Award Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

About this course

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Optometry

Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with the examination, diagnosis and treatment of the human eye and visual system. In our aging population, the demand for eye care is expected to increase, and optometrists are ideally placed to help meet this demand in both the NHS and private practice.

Our integrated 4-year Master of Optometry (MOptom) programme has been completely redesigned for 2024, modernising our course content and structure to enable you to proceed directly to registration as a fully-qualified optometrist with the General Optical Council (GOC) upon completion.

The course is clinically-focussed from the start. You will learn all the practical techniques, theoretical underpinnings, professionalism and communication skills required to qualify as an optometrist. You will be taught at one of the UK’s longest-established optometry schools by academics and tutors who are experts in their fields. Our world-class teaching facilities have recently been refurbished with £1.2 million of new state-of-the-art equipment and include an integrated eye clinic and our unique Directed Learning Suites.

Our course is renowned for its clinical emphasis and these skills are taught right from the start of the course. You will learn the essential skills required of an optometrist during years 1 and 2, before progressing to gain experience, under expert supervision, in the university’s own eye clinic in year 3. You will then proceed into a 44-week extended clinical placement delivered in partnership with the College of Optometrists in year 4.

The extended clinical placement is a period of paid employment within optometric practice, external to the university. Students will be responsible for applying for and securing this placement with the support of the College of Optometrists and the university’s Career and Employability service. Upon graduation, you will be a skilled, patient-focussed optometrist ready for modern optometric practice. You will be eligible to register with the GOC and practise independently as an optometrist in the UK. You will be highly employable, having developed excellent clinical and communication skills and will be well equipped for lifelong learning and ongoing professional development throughout your career.

Assessment methods

A wide range of teaching and assessment methods are used throughout the course. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, pre-clinical labs and a variety of primary care and speciality clinics examining real patients. Assessments include written examinations, presentations, practical and clinical performance assessments, reflections and clinical logbooks. All modules include formative (mock) as well as summative assessments, giving students the opportunity to obtain feedback on their performance and how it can be improved and/or maintained.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,180
per year
International
£22,180
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni

Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Optometry and Vision 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.

66%
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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

73%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
2%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation

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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.

£15,000
med
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

98%
Health professionals
1%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
1%
Health associate professionals

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.

£18k

£18k

£29k

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£27k

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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