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Optometry

BSc (Hons) / MOptom (Hons) |
Our Optometry BSc/MOptom degree offers a professionally recognised qualification preparing you for a flexible and rewarding career in optometry.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

BSc (Hons): 3 years, MOptom (Hons): 4 years

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000 per year (fees in subsequent years may be subject to increases (limited to the Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy)

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500 per year (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code

B510

Who is it for?

This course is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding professional career in optometry. As a student on the BSc (Hons) Optometry at City, you will benefit from study, placement and employment opportunities in our diverse capital city. You will also benefit from our brand new state-of-the-art City Sight Optometry Clinic and laboratories.

Objectives

The course is at the cutting edge of optometry and visual science study in both its curriculum and the way it is taught. Throughout the course, students benefit from a combination of clinics and laboratories and experienced tutors from a wide range of disciplines. Students gain strong clinical skills and are trained to examine and diagnose ocular conditions and provide prescriptions for spectacles and contact lenses.

Our close links with Moorfields Eye Hospital will provide you with access to a wide range of patients and pathology. City is the only university that offers a BSc Optometry degree in London, making it a unique experience.

  • Improve your job prospects - you can work in private practice, hospital eye departments and enter research and teaching
  • Learn from the best - our expert staff come from a range of disciplines
  • Benefit from exceptional support from our academic and personal support mechanisms
  • Develop your skills in our clinics and laboratories
  • Enrich your academic experience by learning in a rich and diverse capital city
  • Benefit from the experience and legacy of one of the first institutions in the world to train optometrists in 1927

Accreditation

General Optical Council

The first three years of the course are accredited by the General Optical Council for the first part of the training of optometrists. Full registration is gained after successful completion of the Scheme for Registration.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points (at least 3 'A' Levels must be included in the points calculation. A grades at 'A2' Level are required in two of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics).
  • IB: 34 points overall, including 6 in two Higher Level sciences and 5 in Standard Level English and Mathematics.
  • Bachelor Degrees Upper second class Honours degree in other science or medically related degree.
  • Foundation Degrees: 65% overall degree aggregate in the Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing (City University London course only)
  • Dispensing Diploma: Over 75 per cent in all theory examinations.

Special requirements: In addition to meeting the entry requirements, you are required to have enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance.

All applicants must have 5 GCSEs including English Language at A*-C and Mathematics A*-B.

MOptom entry

Entry onto the MOptom programme is limited to 20 places. You will need to obtain an aggregate of at least 60% on the first three years of the Optometry programme in order to be considered to for entry. The MOptom (Hons) has the same UCAS code as the BSc (Hons).

English requirements

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
  • For callers with hearing difficulties
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.


T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

E:health@city.ac.uk

97%
of Optometry students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2016)
1st
in London for Optometry, according to The Guardian league tables, 2017
3rd
in the UK for Optometry (Overall satisfaction, NSS 2016)

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

Optometry at City University London

Dhruvin, BSc (Hons) Optometry student at City, talks about his experiences on the course.

Placements

Clinical placements are at Moorfields Eye Hospital where you will observe ophthalmologists treating and managing ocular conditions.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to observe at the Royal National Institute of Blind People's resource centre in central London where you will learn about multidisciplinary low vision care.

Academic facilities

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's brand-new, purpose-built clinics. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision and language sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

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Teaching and learning

The optometry division at City has an excellent reputation, and academic staff engage in wide ranging and innovative research into optometry.  Our expert staff come from a range of disciplines:

  • Optometrists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Dispensing opticians
  • Orthoptists
  • Physicists
  • Psychologists
  • Neuroscientists
  • Biologists.

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, clinical practice and our web-based virtual learning environment. Tutorials will give you the opportunity to discuss clinical cases and use role play to explore patient and practitioner communications, so you are prepared for the clinical environment. City has a dedicated clinical teaching area where you can learn clinical techniques.

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Optometry course you will spend 42% of your time in lectures, 35% undertaking practical study, and the remaining time in tutorials, undertaking independent study and external visits. You will have on average 25 hours per week of direct contact with staff in teaching sessions. You will be supported throughout your studies by your personal tutor and teaching staff.

Assessment is through coursework, written examinations, clinical observation, vivas and practice-based assessment. A project or dissertation is required in the final year.

Assessment weightings by year (BSc)

  • Year One: 10%
  • Year Two: 30%
  • Year Three: 60%

Assessment weightings by year (MOptom)

  • Year One: 10%
  • Year Two: 10%
  • Year Three: 20%
  • Year Four: 60%

Modules

Year 1

You will build a foundation in the basic sciences that underpin optometry, starting clinical training from day one. Lectures are supported by tutorials and laboratory-based work in the bioscience and optics laboratories, clinical skills suite and dispensary.

Core modules include:

  • Human biology
  • Optics
  • Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing
  • Visual optics and mathematics
  • Clinical skills I.

Year 2

In the second year, you will further expand and enhance your 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 in utilising the latest technologies to investigate ocular abnormalities.

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

You will develop the knowledge and clinical skills that form the basis of modern optometric practice by seeing patients under supervision at the City Sight Optometry Clinic. You will carry out full eye examinations and gain specialist skills in the paediatric, binocular vision, contact lens, dispensing and visual impairment clinics. You will also examine patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world's leading eye hospitals, in addition to gaining experience in dispensing spectacles and practice management in local optometric practices.

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 MOptom final year is run in conjunction with students' pre-registration training and consists of four Masters-level modules.  The MOptom prepares students for a career in specialist optometric practice, clinical research or the hospital eye service.

Core modules include:

  • Ophthalmic examination
  • Glaucoma
  • Professional Certificate in Medical retina
  • Optometric practice.

Career prospects

Subject to the successful completion of the scheme for registration, graduates can register as an optometrist with the General Optical Council.

Optometry offers a varied and flexible career with opportunities in private practice, hospital eye departments, research and education.

City graduates are highly employable with graduates earning an average annual salary of £13,500 in their pre-registration period. Optometrists can go onto to earn between £24,000 to £50,000 as they advance in their careers, with senior consultants and managers earning up to £80,000.

Job opportunities are available within high street practice, independent practice, hospital eye departments and in research and teaching. Employability after the course is very high and our graduates go on to secure jobs with employers such as:

  • Alliance Boots
  • Specsavers
  • Vision Express
  • Optical Express
  • NHS Trusts.

Optometry graduates can also go on to study an advanced practice MSc at City.

97.6% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Optometry

UCAS code: B510


Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Rosehill, New Barn Lane,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ
www.ucas.com

UCAS Customer Service Unit telephone numbers:

  • For callers in the UK: 0871 468 0 468
  • For callers outside the UK: +44 (0)871 468 0 468
  • For callers with hearing difficulties
  • From the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0 468
  • From outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0 468.

You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process, please contact the School of Health Sciences Admissions Office.


T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

E:health@city.ac.uk

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