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.
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.
Anyone who is made an offer for our course will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day — read more on our website.
This is the current module information. 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
All applications will be considered on the basis of their highest entry qualification.
For non-standard entry requirements see separate menu below.
340 UCAS tariff points (AAB) from 3 A levels (or equivalent). The AA grades must be in 2 pure science subjects (includes Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics). The third A level can be any subject excluding general studies. One re-sit per subject may be acceptable.
All BTEC qualifications can only be considered if offered together with a mandatory minimum of 6 months paid employment in an Optical practice (for details see Work Experience).
The (18 unit) BTEC Extended diploma in Applied Science passed with DDD can be considered if offered together with 1 science A-Level at grade B. The applicant must have undergone a minimum of 6 months paid employment in an Optical practice which should be evidenced by reference.
For any other BTEC or OCR qualifications, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.
The following Access to HE Diplomas can be considered:
Applicants need to obtain 30 of the 45 level 3 units with a Distinction and the remaining 15 level 3 units at Merit.
Please contact the Admissions Office for advice.
Please contact the Admissions Office for advice.
28 IB points overall. Must include 2 science subjects at the Higher Level at least a Grade 6.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs to include:
Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.
There are multiple routes from ophthalmic dispensing to optometry at The University of Bradford. These routes include transfer after one (Cert HE) or two years (Dip HE) of dispensing qualification or after completing an ophthalmic dispensing BSc/ Foundation degree.
Please contact the Admissions Office for advice if you hold one of the following qualifications:
We welcome applications from students who have recently completed one (Cert HE) or two years (Dip HE) of a science-based degree. In addition, science graduates holding BSc qualifications are also encouraged to apply. If you hold and of the following qualifications please contact the Admissions Office for advice:
UK Science Foundation Years are not acceptable for entry.
Applicant must have English Language GCSE at grade C or above.
GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Studies are NOT accepted
IELTS- 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test.
Work experience is not mandatory for all entry routes, however all applicants are advised that evidence of a significant period of work experience within optometry can support their application. A continuous period of paid optical employment (full or part-time) can be documented in their personal statement and subsequently evidenced by a reference from their employer. Reference letter typically include the start/finish dates of the employment, details of the employees duties and the applicants suitability for optometry. References should be written by a dispensing optician or optometrist who is currently registered with the General Optical Council.
Applicants must have recent study or relevant optical employment history within the last 5 years.
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.
|Course Title||UCAS Code||Typical offer||Duration /
|Applied Physics BSc||F310||260||3 years
|Applied Physics MPhys 4 years||F311||320||4 years
|Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)||C900||260||3 years
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.