Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
Optometry is a healthcare profession concerned with examination, diagnosis and treatment of the human visual system.
Our three-year course has been designed to enable you to practise as a registered optometrist. It is based on both fundamental academic studies 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 clinics, and also attend local hospitals where you are instructed in the recognition of eye disease by senior ophthalmologists.
This course is accredited by the General Optical Council.
"The facilities of the department are excellent along with the renowned Eye Clinic in which we start treating patients from second year."
Across all UK universities, The Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science has the highest proportion of registered optometrists amongst its staff. That means you will be taught by practising optometrists who understand how to deliver real world eye care to the public.
The University's Eye Clinic provides comprehensive optometric services of a high standard to University staff, students, their families and members of the local community. It also supports local optometrists and other healthcare professionals requiring diagnostic, consultative or treatment services.
Anyone who is made an offer for our course will be invited to an Applicant Experience Day.
Optometry at Bradford was given 90% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.
Ranked 8th in the country for Ophthalmics in the Complete University Guide 2017.
Typical offer: AAB / 136 UCAS points
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).
Two pure Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths) required at minimum AA. General Studies is not accepted.
Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDD. Only accepted if combined with a Pure Science A-level minimum grade B.
Six months paid employment in an Optical practice required.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
Meet UCAS tariff of 136. Science, Medicine, Science and Engineering, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Medical Sciences accepted.
Plus minimum of:
Five GCSEs 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.
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.
Additional entry requirements:
All students enrolled on the course will be required to register with the General Optical Council (GOC).
Whilst not mandatory, a period of paid employment in an optical practice (supported by an employer reference) will strongly support an application.
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
|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|
|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|
|Advanced Clinical Practice||core|
|Clinical Case Studies||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|
Work experience is not mandatory for all entry routes, however all applicants are advised that evidence of a significant period of work experience within optometry can support their application. A continuous period of paid optical employment (full or part-time) can be documented in their personal statement and subsequently evidenced by a reference from their employer. Reference letter typically include the start/finish dates of the employment, details of the employees duties and the applicants suitability for optometry. References should be written by a dispensing optician or optometrist who is currently registered with the General Optical Council.
Applicants must have recent study or relevant optical employment history within the last 5 years.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
98% of our 2015 graduates in Optometry found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
Most graduates, on completion of the pre-registration year and having passed the Final Assessment Examinations set by the College of Optometrists, become registered with the General Optical Council to practise as optometrists.
Once qualified you can work in private practice, in hospital optometry or in optometric teaching and research. You will need an interest and ability in scientific work, in helping and communicating with people, and a measure of manual dexterity.
The average starting salary for our 2015 Optometry graduates was £14,964.
Salaries for registered optometrists vary considerably, and can be between £25,000 and £60,000.
Visit our Vision Science Research page.
The University’s Eye Clinic provides comprehensive optometric services of a high standard to University staff, students, their families and members of the local community. It also supports local optometrists and other healthcare professionals requiring diagnostic, consultative or treatment services.
Explore our Pre-clinical Ocular Health Assessment Lab using the 360° tour below:
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £16,970
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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