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University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Optometry

UCAS Code: B510

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

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A level

B,B,B

Must include 2 science subjects out of (physics, biology or human biology, chemistry) or mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

For those without mathematics or physics at higher, National 5 mathematics or National 5 Applications of mathematics at grade B or above or standard grade mathematics grade 2 or above is required. English at higher is preferred, although other essay-based subjects such as history or modern studies would be accepted as an alternative. For those without English higher, or equivalent, then National 5 English at grade B or above or standard grade English grade 2 or above is required. For those without mathematics or physics at A level, then GCSE mathematics at a minimum of grade B/5 is required. For those without English at A level, then GCSE English at minimum grade B/5 is required.

Scottish HND

Pass

Holders of an HND in a relevant science subject may also apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

Must include 2 science subjects out of (physics, biology or human biology, chemistry) or mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

114-120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Optometry

There is growing demand for optometrists, highly skilled healthcare professionals, trained to examine the eyes to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormalities. Through this innovative, interactive degree, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need to work as an optometrist and, importantly, continually adapt to the challenges faced in delivering eye-care provision in today’s health care environment.
Our programme – one of only two in Scotland - is aligned to the requirements of the General Optical Council (GOC) and currently holds GOC provisional approval. *

Our progressive programme challenges the way optometry has been traditionally taught in the UK by following a proven, problem-based and team-based approach to your learning and teaching. Through this method, you will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge, practical experience and develop required skills, including critical thinking, problem solving and patient management, from an early stage.

As well as practical experience within clinical workshops delivered in purpose-built facilities in Inverness and Elgin, you will also be immersed in genuine clinical situations, which allow you to work with employers and gain valuable experience in a safe and supported environment. From year one, you will undertake a combination of placements in community practice and hospital eye clinics, alongside clinical skills training. Over the duration of the course you will be out on placements for 19 weeks in total culminating in an extended placement in your fourth year. You will be seeing real-life patients in real-life settings, which will be vital for your future practice. On successful completion of this degree programme you will be equipped with both the academic and practical skills needed to enter the College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration* as a pre-registration optometrist.

This programme is a direct response to the needs of our communities, with workforce plans suggesting an additional 800 optometrists are likely to be needed across the UK to meet the demands of an ageing population and the associated prevalence of visual impairment and visual health disorders ?. This need is felt most acutely in remote and rural areas, and with pressures on the NHS, increased focus on extended roles and shared care with ophthalmology, this will further heighten demand for skilled optometry professionals.

? College of Optometrists Optical Workforce Survey 2015
* Please note that in order to enter the College of Optometrists scheme for registration you must achieve a degree classification of 2.2. or above and a certificate of clinical competency in the GOC stage 1 competencies. Students who gain sufficient academic credits at level 10 to receive an award but do not meet the professional requirements will gain the award of SCQF Level 10 BSc (Hons) Vision Science.

*The course currently has provisional approval from the General Optical Council (GOC). Under provisional approval, students recruited on to the course 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.

On successful completion of this course along with subsequent successful completion of the College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration you will be able to enter the General Optical Council register as a fully qualified optometrist. You can use your skills in a variety of areas including community or private optometry practices or hospital optometry and might like to consider careers in:
• Research
• Optometric education
• Charity work, helping to deliver eyecare services in developing countries

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Moray College UHI

Inverness College UHI

UHI Centre for Health Science Inverness

Department:

Applied Life Studies

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