Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with examination, diagnosis and treatment of the human visual system.
Our three-year course has been designed to enable you to practise as a registered optometrist. It is based on both fundamental academic studies as well as detailed clinical and practical studies. The emphasis is very much on the optometric service to patients. You will see patients in the University’s own clinics, and also attend local hospitals where you are instructed in the recognition of eye disease by senior ophthalmologists.
This course is accredited by the General Optical Council.
Across all UK universities, The Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science has the highest proportion of registered optometrists amongst its staff. That means you will be taught by practising optometrists who understand how to deliver ‘real world’ eye care to the public.
The University’s Eye Clinic provides comprehensive optometric services of a high standard to University staff, students, their families and members of the local community. It also supports local optometrists and other healthcare professionals requiring diagnostic, consultative or treatment services.
These are the current modules for 2013/14. Modules may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures.
We have an excellent graduate employment record. Most graduates, on completion of the pre-registration year and having passed the Final Assessment Examinations set by the College of Optometrists, become registered with the General Optical Council to practise as optometrists.
Once qualified you can work in private practice, in hospital optometry or in optometric teaching and research. You will need an interest and ability in scientific work, in helping and communicating with people, and a measure of manual dexterity.
The average starting salary for our 2012 Optometry graduates was £13,011 (Salaries for registered optometrists vary considerably, and can be between £25,000 and £60,000.)
Typical offer (UCAS tariff points): 340
Typically from 3 A-level Science subjects (i.e. Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry), or a minimum of 2 A-level Science subjects both at grade A and a non-Science A level at grade B or above. General Studies or Key Skills points are not counted.
GCSE English, Maths and at least 2 sciences (i.e. Double Award Science Biology/Chemistry/Physics) at grade C or above.
All students enrolled on the course will be required to register with the General Optical Council (GOC). A period of paid employment in an optical practice (supported by an employer reference) will strongly support an application.
Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.
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