Course overview Introduction to Optometry
Please be advised that the BSc (Hons) Optometry programme is currently under development to align with updated mandatory requirements to meet the General Optical Council (Educational Strategic Review) education and regulatory standards.
The plans are for City to deliver the new programme from September 2023, which will be a four-year integrated Masters.
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 Department 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 five 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.
Introduction to Personal and Professional Development
Develop skills in communication, information gathering, recording, evaluating and reflecting, and learn how to identify strengths and areas to develop.
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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 Department 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
- oral presentations.
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 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 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 2023/24 entry.
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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:
- Achieving >65% overall with no failed modules
- Attendance >80% across all modules
- Successful UCAS application.
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 this course are not yet open.
Decisions for applications made before the 25th January 2023 UCAS deadline for the Introduction to Optometry programme, will be made by the 19th May 2023.
This approach is unique to this course and will allow us to have a greater control over our quality and numbers. We are expecting the Introduction to Optometry to be extremely popular as a pathway.
Once a decision has been made on your application, it will be sent to UCAS and appear on your UCAS track account by the May 2023 UCAS deadline.
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