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University of Bradford

Optometry

UCAS Code: B510

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB from 3 Full A Levels to include AA in two pure Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths) plus a B in another subject excluding General Studies. One re-sit per subject may be acceptable. Please note that where a Science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element.

As UCAS Tariff Science, Medicine, Science and Engineering, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Medical Sciences access courses accepted. Those applying with Access courses are only required to have GCSE English Language and Maths, plus one Science subject (Double Award Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at grade C or grade 4.

136 UCAS tariff points to include 2 Higher Level science subjects at Grade 6. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. (Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted). Must include 2 science subjects at the Higher Level at least a Grade 6.

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

DDD

Only accepted if combined with a Pure Science A-level minimum grade B.

A minimum of 136 UCAS points from 5 subjects (to include English Language at Grade A or B and three science subjects at Grade A).

UCAS Tariff

136

AAB from 3 Full A Levels to include AA in two pure Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths) plus a B in another subject excluding General Studies. Also five GCSE's at grade C or grade 4 to include English Language, Maths (note: GCSE English Language and Mathematics equivalences will not be accepted) and at least one of the following: Double Award Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Optometry

Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with examination, diagnosis and treatment of the human visual system.

In our aging population the demand for eye care is expected to increase, and optometrists are ideally placed to help meet this demand.

The programme is based on both fundamental academic sciences as well as detailed clinical and practical studies. The emphasis is very much on the optometric service to patients.

You will see patients in the University's own eye clinic, and attend local hospitals where you are instructed in the recognition and management of eye disease by senior ophthalmologists.

Our three-year programme enables you to progress towards practising as a registered optometrist - you will need to complete a year's pre-registration training after graduation in order to do this.

**Professional accreditation**
This programme is accredited by the General Optical Council.

**Rankings**
We are ranked 7th in the UK for Optometry, Ophthalmology and Orthoptics in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Modules

Year 1: Human Body in Health and Disease (core), Ocular Anatomy and Physiology (core), Physiology of Vision and Perception (core), Pure and Visual Optics (core), Refraction and Refractive Error (core), Visual and Ocular Assessment 1 (core) Year 2: Assessment and Management of Binocular Vision (core), Clinical Optometry and Communication Skills (core), Contact Lens Practice 1 (core), Evidence Based Optometry 1 (core), General and Ocular Pharmacology (core), Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing (core) Visual and Ocular Assessment 2 (core) Year 3: Advanced Clinical Practice (core), Clinical Case Studies (core), Clinical Competence (core), Contact Lens Practice 2 (core), Evidence-Based Optometry II (core), General Clinical Practice (core), Ocular and Systemic Disease (core), Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies (core), Visual Impairment and Rehabilitation (core)

Assessment methods

The Optometry programme aims to select from a range of assessment methods for each module. All modules include both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment has a developmental purpose and is designed to help students learn more effectively by giving them feedback on their performance and on how it can be improved and/or maintained. Examples of formative assessments include in-lecture polling of answers to questions with immediate feedback, specific tests to be completed prior to teaching sessions where answers are discussed or designated assessments completed online with feedback provided electronically. Reflective practice by students sometimes contributes to formative assessment but is always used to allow students to identify areas of success and also areas requiring further work. Most practical sessions incorporate opportunities for reflective practice. Summative assessment is used to indicate the extent of a student's success in meeting the assessment criteria used to gauge the intended learning outcomes of a module or programme. Summative assessment for each module includes written exams whilst many modules will require students to demonstrate practical or clinical ability or competence. In addition, some of the assessments in later stages of the programme, for example in clinical practice, clinical case studies and the research element, are synoptic in nature. Synoptic assessments are those that encourage students to combine elements of their learning from different parts of a programme and to show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of a topic or subject area. A synoptic assessment normally enables students to show their ability to integrate and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding with breadth and depth in the subject. It can help to test a student's capability of applying the knowledge and understanding gained in one part of a programme to increase their understanding in other parts of the programme, or across the programme as a whole.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£18,420
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Optometry and Vision 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.

84%
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
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

84%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
4%
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.

£15,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Health professionals
1%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
1%
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.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£26k

£26k

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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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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