Optometry

BSc (Hons)
Entry requirements 2015: / 340 UCAS points
Entry requirements 2016: AAB / 340 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: B510
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
            

Overview

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.

LISTED IN THE Top 10 league tables 2016 by the Complete University Guide

Accreditation/Recognition

Top 10 Ophthalmics Award

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.

Anyone who is made an offer for our course will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day — read more on our website.

Entry requirements for 2015

Typical offer: / 340 UCAS points

All applications will be considered on the basis of their highest entry qualification.

For non-standard entry requirements see separate menu below.

A levels:

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.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

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).

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

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.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

The following Access to HE Diplomas can be considered:

  • Access to Science
  • Access to Medicine
  • Access to Science and Engineering
  • Access to Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science (click here for details)

Applicants need to obtain 30 of the 45 level 3 units with a Distinction and the remaining 15 level 3 units at Merit.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers:

Please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Irish Leaving Certificate:

Please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

International Baccalaureate:

28 IB points overall. Must include 2 science subjects at the Higher Level at least a Grade 6.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs to include:

  • English Language (has to be GCSE- no equivalent level 2 is accepted)
  • Mathematics (has to be GCSE- no equivalent level 2 is accepted)
  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Combined Science

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

Entry requirements for 2016

Typical offer: AAB / 340 UCAS points

A levels:

The AA grades must be in 2 pure Science subjects (includes Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths). The third A level can be in any subject excluding General Studies.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDD in Applied Science may be considered if offered together with a science A level at grade B. All BTEC qualifications can only be considered if offered together with a mandatory 6 months of paid employment in an Optical practice, which should be evidenced by reference.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma can be considered in: Science; Medicine; Science and Engineering; or Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medical Science. You will need to obtain 30 of the 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Maths equivalences will not be accepted) and 2 sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).

Additional entry requirements:

All students enrolled on the course will be required to register with the General Optical Council (GOC).

Whilst not mandatory, a period of paid employment in an optical practice (supported by an employer reference) will strongly support an application.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

Modules

This is the current module information. Modules may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures.

Core

  • 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.

Work experience

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.

Career support and prospects

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 2013 Optometry graduates was £13,748. (Salaries for registered optometrists vary considerably, and can be between £25,000 and £60,000.)

Research

Visit our Vision Science Research page.

Facilities

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.

How do I find out more?

For more information contact the Admissions Office

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.