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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Ophthalmics
Student score
87% MED
% employed or in further study
100% MED
Average graduate salary
£14.6k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

'A' Level: AAB (including two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

34 points (including 6 in two Higher Level sciences and 5 in Standard Level English and Mathematics).

UCAS tariff points

136 UCAS tariff points (typically AAB or ABB with a relevant EPQ).

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

Not available

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

Optometry involves the study of visual defects and the ways in which these can be corrected or relieved. Optometrists are responsible for examining eyes, recognising any sign of ocular or general disease affecting the eyes and where appropriate prescribing spectacles or contact lenses. City is the only university in London to offer the BSc (Hons) Optometry and was one of the first institutions in the world to train optometrists, operating since 1927. As a student on the BSc Optometry course, you will be studying within a Division which has an internationally excellent reputation within the optometric profession. You will study a curriculum informed by our world leading research which is at the cutting edge of advances in the sector and be taught by academics who are leaders in their field. City's optometry course has also been ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction (2017 NSS survey). You will 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 your final year, you will further develop your clinical practice by working in our very own eye clinic, City Sight, where you will examine members of the public from babies to the elderly, presenting with a wide range of ocular conditions and needs.


Core modules on the BSc Optometry course include; human biology, optics, visual optics and mathematics, ophthalmic lenses and dispensing, clinical skills, visual science, general pathology and eye disease, contact lenses, binocular vision, eye disease and therapeutics, clinical skills and professional practice, binocular vision, paediatrics and visual impairment.

City, University of London

Located in the heart of London

Ranked first in London for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2017), in the top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2017) and among the top four per cent of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015), City is a leading global institution located in the heart of London committed to academic excellence and focused on business and the professions.

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 92%
Student score 87% 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
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
76% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
360 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% 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 100% MED
Average graduate salary £14.6k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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