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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Ophthalmics
Student score
89% MED
% employed or in further study
99% MED
Average graduate salary
£14.6k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

To include at least two sciences. You must pass the practical element of all science courses taken.

Scottish Highers

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

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Applied Science BTEC considered. You must also have a science A-level alongside the BTEC.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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 Students rate this course very highly, as demonstrated by its 96% overall satisfaction score in the 2017 National Student Survey Subjects Allied to Medicine at Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2017 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £12,500 (51%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2017) 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.


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.

Aston University

Lakeside residences

At Aston we are dedicated to developing people and ideas that will shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow. Aston is ranked as the top UK University outside London for graduate employability, and is in the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires. The Aston Student Village is transforming accommodation and the redeveloped Woodcock Sports Centre offers top sports facilities.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 89% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
64% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
393 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 99% MED
Average graduate salary £14.6k LOW
Graduates who are health professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most students in this category study optometry degrees. Don't get too worried by the salaries you see here. On graduation, recent ophthalmics graduates go on to pre-registration training for a year, before taking final assessments and being able to register as an optometrist. At this point, salaries jump to much healthier rates depending on whether you go into private practice with, for example, a high street opticians, or enter the NHS. This is also one of those degrees that can get you a skilled job in most parts of the country — so if you've got good grades but want to work in a particular part of the UK, this can be a good bet. Unemployment rates are low, and the large majority of graduates go into pre-registration training.
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