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Aston University, Birmingham

Optometry

UCAS Code: B510

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

AAA two science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. AAB three science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. Resits: We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer. We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A Levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to re-sit your A-levels.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Total five GCSEs required as follows: B/5 Mathematics C/4 English Language plus three GCSEs at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

32 overall in the IB Diploma which must include 6, 6, 6 – 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. These subjects must include either two or three science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 6 in Maths and 5 in English Language.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject, you must also achieve grade B in one A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject, you must also achieve grade B in one A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Three from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths to be taken.

UCAS Tariff

128-159

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

52%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Optometry

Our three year BSc Optometry course with integrated clinical experience throughout, has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the practice of optometry and is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC).

Optometrists are professional clinicians responsible for many aspects of vision care, trained to examine the eyes for optical defects and to detect visual system diseases that may originate in the eye, brain or elsewhere in the body. Their training includes fitting and supplying spectacles, contact lenses and other optical devices.

As an optometry student you will gain a broad scientific education and specialist professional training, as well as receiving hands-on clinical experience throughout all years of the course. Our unique virtual patient simulators will help you to develop initial clinical skills, and then later encounter real patients in our fully functioning Optometry clinics. You will provide patients with a full range of eye care services under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians.

As one of the UK’s leading optometry courses, we are regularly targeted by the major high street optometry chains and other companies that offer pre-registration posts. Our graduates enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice, private practice, the optical industry, optometry research, and roles outside healthcare. Some undertake postgraduate courses.

Key course benefits:

- Regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC) and is the first step towards becoming a qualified clinician

- You will attend a series of observation sessions in local hospital eye departments, a specialist low vision centre, and our day hospital Optegra (refractive surgery hospital)

- Have patient contact through our public optometry clinic

- Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics at Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2020)

- Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics at Aston is ranked top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2020)

- Subjects Allied to Medicine at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for graduate prospects in the 2019 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide

- Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £10,800 (44%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2018)

- Students who achieve an overall average mark of at least 50% at the end of Year 3 can choose to continue with further study, leading to an MOptom qualification.

Modules

Year 1
Develop your knowledge of the basic scientific principles that underpin optometry and optometric clinical skills.

Year 2
Understand the intricate biological links between eye and brain; develop your ability to perform a full eye examination routine and gain skills in contact lens fitting, optical instrumentation and research methods.

Final year
Acquire further knowledge and skills and work alongside our scientists on a research study. Use virtual patient simulators and see real patients in our public service clinic and in local hospital eye departments.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Life and Health Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
low
Optometry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Optometry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£32k

£32k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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