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Optometry BSc (Hons)

  • For 2014 entry, please call 0800 073 1225
  • Duration: 3 years Full-time
  • UCAS code: B510
  • Suitable for International students



Course highlight

95% of our 2012 Optometry graduates (most recent data) found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

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.

Why Bradford?

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.


  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Assessment and Management of Binocular Vision
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Clinical Methodology and Statistics
  • Clinical Optometry and Communication Skills
  • Contact Lens Practice 1
  • Contact Lens Practice 2
  • General and Ocular Pharmacology
  • General Clinical Practice
  • Human Body in Health and Disease
  • Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ocular and Systemic Disease
  • Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing
  • Physiology of Vision and Perception
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies
  • Pure and Visual Optics
  • Refraction and Refractive Error
  • Research Project
  • Visual and Ocular Assessment 1
  • Visual and Ocular Assessment 2
  • Visual Impairment and Rehabilitation

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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Career Prospects

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.

Salary expectations

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.)

Entry requirements for 2015

Typical offer (UCAS tariff points): 340

A levels:

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.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD in a relevant Science subject plus a minimum of 6 months paid work in an optical practice which should be evidenced via an employer reference. Applicants must also have an A level Science subject at grade B or above.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Maths and at least 2 sciences (i.e. Double Award Science Biology/Chemistry/Physics) at grade C or above.

Additional entry requirements:

  • 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.
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made on all prospective entrants prior to commencing the course.

Canadian Applicants

For all provinces apart from Ontario, our minimum entrance requirements are passes in at least five grade 12 subjects (at least three subjects must be science subjects) with an overall average mark of 80%.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

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How do I find out more?

For more information contact the Student Support Office

This is the most up to date course information for 2013/2014. 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.