If you want to study optometry at degree level but lack the entry requirements or confidence for university study, this one-year course is for you.
You should have a passion for science and the desire to work with the public in the healthcare sector.
- Gain a firm foundation in core subjects required to study BSc Optometry
- Learn about clinical and professional optometric practice
- Develop your confidence and skills to excel in a university environment
- Progress to a three-year BSc in Optometry on successful completion of this course.
Optometry students at City University London benefit from excellent facilities, which include a range of purpose-built clinics and laboratories on campus, as well as our state-of-the-art clinic, City Sight, which offers optometric services to the general public.
Our Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences has an excellent reputation with expert academics from a wide range of disciplines. Our staff include optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians, orthoptists, physicists, psychologists, neuroscientists and biologists.
Over the course of one year, you will study four core modules to prepare you to progress to our BSc in Optometry.
Introductory Biological Sciences
Learn about the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to ocular disease.
Develop an understanding of the optics of vision.
Develop the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing.
Introduction to Clinical Skills
Discover the principles of some optometric instruments and techniques.
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Teaching and assessment
Our programme will incorporate a variety of teaching methods to encourage independent learning. Giving students the skills required to succeed on an undergraduate degree programme.
City's Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences has an excellent reputation with expert academics. Our staff include:
- dispensing opticians
During your time with us, you will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work and our web-based virtual learning environment. You will benefit from our new state-of-the-art clinics and laboratories.
We will also explore patient and practitioner communication, using role play to prepare you for the clinical environment.
At City, we recognise that one way of assessing does not suit everyone so we use many different techniques to ensure we get the best from our students.
Assessment on the Introduction to Optometry programme is through:
- Closed book summative examinations
- laboratory/clinic based coursework
- practical examinations (including formative assessments)
- MCQ and short answer formative tests
- assessment of reports.
Theory examinations are used to ensure core biological, mathematical and physics concepts are understood.
Practical assessment allows you to demonstrate your ability to assess vision, visual acuity and basic investigative techniques, as well as knowledge of the basic anatomy of the external eye.
Coursework assessment permits compiling work, reflecting on the application of your studies and putting your knowledge into context.
Feedback on your work will be provided. This may be in a number of formats including written feedback, discussion feedback in a group, or individual oral feedback.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
Optometry is a career where you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people who suffer from vision impairment and sight loss.
Successful completion of this programme will result in a Certificate in Higher Education in Introduction to Optometry [European Qualifications Framework level 4].
This means you’re guaranteed progression to BSc Optometry at City, University of London (Programme Stage 1) subject to meeting entry requirements.
This course is also suitable for anyone who wishes to improve their qualifications to work in optical healthcare – for example, as an optical assistant in a private clinic – or to apply for a different healthcare degree at City or another institution.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (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.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
Telephone lines are currently open between 10am - 3pm.
If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City's discretion.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
- from inside the UK 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties:
- from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
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