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Optometry

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A level

A,A,B

which should include two of the following Science subjects, Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, plus a third A Level in another subject excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

136 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include two of the following Science subjects, Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry. These should be the equivalent of AAB at A Level.

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

DDM

in Applied Science combined with a Science A Level in Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, minimum grade B. Or DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care combined with a Science A Level in Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, minimum grade B. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. Applicants undertaking a BTEC without an additional A Level may be considered for the Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree entry route.

UCAS Tariff

136

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Optometry

​The UK regulator for Optometry, the General Optical Council (GOC) has published revised standards for all optometry providers in the UK. As a result, the current BSc(Hons) course is being adapted and will be replaced by a 4 year integrated Masters course in 2024. Validation of this new course is in progress. The current BSc(Hons) course will remain in place for students starting the 2023-24 academic year.

Get ready to take your first steps on an exciting journey towards a career in Optometry. We'll give you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills you'll need to complete your professional training and become highly employable. As one of the UK's newest Optometry departments, we are committed to offering you a learning experience that's second-to-none, and small class sizes mean a personal approach to our teaching where you'll be well supported to reach your goals.

* We’ve been ranked 2nd in England and best in Yorkshire for the subject area of ophthalmics, achieving an overall satisfaction score of 91.3% in the National Student Survey 2022. (Subjects rankings refer to Common Aggregation Hierarchy level 3 and are further filtered to include English HEI's with income over £100m+ in the 20/21 academic year).

* This course has full approval from the General Optical Council.

* We combine scientific principles in Optometry and vision sciences with practical clinical skills from the first year.

* The opportunity to learn clinical skills and develop your ability to meet the General Optical Council competencies for Optometry are embedded throughout our course.

* You'll also have the chance to learn in a new, purpose built Optometry laboratory equipped with all the necessary equipment for your studies. *In your final year you'll get real-world experience seeing patients with a variety of ocular conditions in a real optometry practice, our joint venture eye clinic, University Valli Opticians, here on campus.

* Your studies will also be enhanced through placements in local hospital eye departments, in your final year, where you'll have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in the NHS.

For more information about the additional costs relating to this course, please see our Coursefinder page and look for the 'Additional costs' tab in the fees and finance section.

Professional links and accreditations:
This course is aligned to the requirements of the General Optical Council (GOC) and has full approval from the General Optical Council (https://www.optical.org/).

This accreditation is reviewed on a regular basis.

As a student of Optometry you are required to obtain and maintain registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) throughout your studies. (Please see Additional costs section for further details).

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Human Body Systems
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
Geometric and Physical Optics
Visual Optics and Perception
Assessment of Vision and Professional Skills

Year 2
Core modules:
Abnormal Ocular Conditions
Neurophysiology and Binocular Vision
Correction of Vision 1: Dispensing and Contact Lenses
Ocular Pharmacology
Clinical and Professional Skills

Final year
Core modules:
Paediatric Optometry
Contact Lenses in Practice
Optometric Practice Across the Human Lifespan
Clinical and Professional Practice
Research Project

Assessment methods

Assessment will include project work, assignment and examinations. The final year research project contributes to your degree classification.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£17,600
per year
International
£17,600
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

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences (SOVS)

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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.

91%
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

78%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Health professionals
24%
Therapy professionals
12%
Nursing and midwifery 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.

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

£28k

£28k

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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