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Glasgow Caledonian University

Optometry

UCAS Code: B510

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Must include 2 Sciences or 1 Science and Mathematics at A level, plus Maths at GCSE-A/7 or GCSE Double Science at AA and English at GCSE-B/6 Physics is recommended at A level or GCSE Would consider AS Maths at B in lieu of GCSE Maths

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

Must be science based and include Physics and Maths plus be overall 60 Credits with 45 at level 3 from Graded Units with 15 Credits at Distinction in 2 sciences or 1 science and Maths

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

2 science subjects at H6 and 1 at H5 to include Maths

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H3,H3

Must have Mathematics and English. Physics is recommended

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

D*DD

Maths GCSE-A/7 or Double Science GCSE - AA and English - GCSE-B/6 Would consider AS Maths at B in lieu of GCSE Maths Physics is recommended at GCSE

Scottish HNC

Pass

Must be science-based, for example HNC Applied Science. Physics is recommended as part of HNC or at National 5 Pass with Graded Unit A is required

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

English, (or essay based subject such as Modern Studies/History), Mathematics, 2 sciences plus one other Higher Nat 5 Physics is recommended

UCAS Tariff

136-147

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

66%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Optometry

Optometrists are eye-care professionals who detect sight problems and prescribe and fit glasses, contact lenses and other visual aids. Optometrists also detect and manage a variety of eye conditions such as glaucoma.
Accredited by the General Optical Council, GCU offers a high-quality clinical education that is highly rated by students. Clinical training takes place in our purpose-built on-campus Eye Clinic.
Open to the public, it offers contact lens fitting, orthoptics, dispensing, low vision, myopia control, infant and learning disability clinics. Employment prospects for graduates in Optometry are excellent and our graduates are highly rated by employers throughout the UK.
Optometrists can continue their career development through various postgraduate schemes. These include training towards qualifications for Independent Prescribing and a range of specialist skills.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£11,845
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

The Uni


Course location:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Department:

Department of Life Sciences

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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.

87%
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
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

89%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£15,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

89%
Health professionals
6%
Therapy professionals
3%
Health associate 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

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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