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City, University of London

Optometry

UCAS Code: B510

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Optometry

City's Optometry BSc/MOptom degree offers a professionally recognised qualification and prepares students for a flexible and rewarding career in optometry, where you have the opportunity to make a real difference to peoples’ lives who suffer from vision impairment and sight loss.

City is ranked 2nd in London for subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). Our Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences has an internationally excellent reputation within the optometric profession.

Our BSc (Hons) Optometry degree is accredited by the General Optical Council. Full registration with the General Optical Council is gained after successful completion of the Scheme for Registration (pre-registration year). The course curriculum is informed by our world leading research which is at the cutting edge of advances in the sector and the programme is taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

Students benefit from a combination of teaching styles including clinics and laboratories in our specialist on-campus facilities and clinical placements at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UK’s leading eye hospital. During the final year, students further develop their clinical practice by working in our very own eye clinic City Sight, where they examine members of the public from babies to the elderly, presenting you with a wide range of ocular conditions and needs. During the fourth year, either after graduating with BSc (Hons) in optometry or whilst completing the MOptom degree, the Scheme for Registration run by the College of Optometrists will need to be successfully completed to join the register as an optometrist.

Employment prospects for graduates from City's Optometry BSc/MOptom degree are excellent; The programme offers a diverse and flexible career pathway with opportunities to work in high street practice, hospital eye departments, or further research and teaching. Many of our students go on to specialise in different branches of optometry and take on leading roles in the profession. 100% of City graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course (Unistats).

Modules

Year 1. From the very first day at City, students will build a foundation in the basic sciences that underpin optometry and start clinical training. Lectures are supported by tutorials and laboratory-based work. Core modules include: Human biology; Optics; Visual optics and mathematics; Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing I; Clinical skills I.

Year 2. In second year, students expand and enhance their clinical skills, developing an understanding of ocular and systemic disease coupled with the neuroscience of visual perception. Clinical confidence and competence is supported by expert guidance from optometrists. Core modules include: Visual science; General pathology and eye disease; Clinical skills II; Contact lenses I; Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing II; Binocular vision

Year 3. Knowledge and clinical skills that form the basis of optometric practice are developed, by seeing a diverse range of patients under supervision at our City Sight Optometry Clinic. Students also observe patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world's leading eye hospitals. Core modules include: Eye disease and therapeutics; Clinical skills and professional practice; Binocular vision, paediatrics and visual impairment; Contact lenses II; Research studies.

Year 4. The Masters in Optometry (MOptom) is a four-year programme consisting of the three years of the BSc and one additional year that runs in conjunction with pre-registration training. The final year consists of four Masters-level modules.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:
- Coursework
- Written examinations
- Clinical observation
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
- A project or dissertation is required in final year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Division of Optometry and Visual Science

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.

88%
med
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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

94%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

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
87%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Elementary security occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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.

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