Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with examination, diagnosis and treatment of the human visual system. Optometrists examine the eyes and the associated visual system to detect the presence of any abnormality or disease which might require referral to a medical practitioner, and they provide visual aids (such as contact lenses and spectacles) and therapy to maintain or restore maximum visual efficiency.
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 Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science has one of the highest percentages of registered optometrists as members of academic staff across all UK universities.
This course is accredited by the General Optical Council.
Please note that this list is indicative. Modules are subject to change and we reserve the right to modify the provision and content of our modules.Core Modules:
- Clinical Optometry
- Pure and Vision Optics
- Human Body in Health and Disease
- Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
- Physiology of Vision and Perception
- Optometric Mathematics
- Clinical Optometry and Communication Skills
- General and Ocular Pharmacology
- Visual and Ocular Assessment
- Assessment and Management of Binocular Vision
- Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing
- Clinical Methodology and Statistics
- Contact Lens Practice 1
- General Clinical Practice
- Advanced Clinical Practice
- Ocular and Systematic Disease
- Research Project
- Visual Impairment and Rehabilitation
- Contact Lens Practice 2
- Clinical Case Studies
- Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies
Learning Activities and Assessment
The course covers three elements: basic studies (such as physiology, anatomy, perception, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pure and visual optics); optometry; and clinical practice. The former are predominant during the early years, with the emphasis moving towards clinical practice in later years. The emphasis is very much on the optometric service to patients, and the clinical content of the course begins in the first week and increases thereafter.
Your progress is judged by both written examination and coursework assessment in each module. Examinations are held at the end of each semester. Those in the first year are used to ensure your ability to proceed to the second year. Your degree result will be based on your second- and final-year examinations.
The emphasis is very much on the optometric service to patients, and the clinical content of the course begins in the first week and increases thereafter, to form a major part of the final year. 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. Placement is not required until the pre-registration year. A member of the academic staff is appointed to guide you through the process of applying for a pre-registration year post. The pre-registration year occurs after you have achieved your Honours degree.
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. You will have ample opportunity to develop these skills on our course.
Some of our graduates pursue postgraduate research, while a few may choose careers in areas unrelated to optometry.
Employment six months after the course
98% of our 2011 Optometry graduates (most recent data) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
(These statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.)
Average salary six months after the course
The average starting salary for our 2011 Optometry graduates was £12,368. (But after 40 months you can expect to earn between £30,000 and £40,000.)
Entry requirements for 2014
Typical offer (UCAS tariff points): 340
Typically 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 higher. General Studies or Key Skills points are not counted. Work experience within optometry will strongly support an application.
GCSE English, Maths and at least 2 sciences (i.e. Double Award Science Biology/Chemistry/Physics) minimum grade C.
Minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
How do I find out more?
For more information contact Dr James Heron and Dr Matt Cufflin
- Tel: 01274 236295
- Fax: 01274 309742