BSc in Optometry / MOptom

This Optometry programme provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to enter the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration as an optometrist.

Why choose this course?

  • Optometry at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK regarding Career Prospects in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • 100% of 2013 leavers found employment or further study within 6 months of leaving Aston University
  • World-class reputation for research
  • Innovative hospital placement scheme

3 or 4 years full-time 

UCAS Code: B510 (BSc route) B512 (MOptom route)

Both courses have the same entry requirements. Should you need to you will have the opportunity to change course at enrolment.

Typical Offers:

  • A Levels: AAA
  • IB: 34-35 points overall, including 6 points in Higher Level Biology and 6 points in Higher Level Chemistry or Physics, 5 points in Higher Level Maths or 6 points in Standard Level Maths and 5 points in Standard Level English.
  • Access: We do not accept Access courses for entry to this degree.
  • BTEC & other: 

    D*DD in BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) together with grade B in A level in Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics).

    DD in BTEC National Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science). With these qualifications we also require grades A and B in two A level science subjects.
  • BTECs:

  • We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who achieved five or more GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grade C or above.You must also meet the A-Level requirement listed above.
  • We do not encourage applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A-levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A-levels (see our resit policy below).
  • Other:
  • AAAAB in Scottish Highers, including Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Maths. 360 UCAS tariff points in Irish Leaving Certificate including a minimum of A2 in Biology, Maths, and Physics or Chemistry and excluding Irish.
  • Prospective students with a diploma in optometry from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic will be considered on an individual basis for 1st year entry.
  • Dispensing Opticians: Suitable applicants with a Foundation Degree with at least 80% overall and FBDO status will be considered on an individual basis.

Specific subject requirements:

  • GCSE: English and Maths grade B, Physics grade B (if not held at A level) or Dual Award Science grade BB.
  • A level: Two sciences at A level, including Biology with either Maths or Physics. Chemistry may be acceptable as an alternative. General Studies not accepted as part of the offer. Additional AS/A levels welcomed.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall slightly below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above. 

Resit Students

  • We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.

Please note, your full educational background is taken into account and all qualifications are considered when we make a decision on your application.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Tuition Fees

  • UK/EU: £9,000  
  • International: £16,500

Our four year MOptom programme provides the opportunity for international students to complete their work-based pre-registration period whilst still enrolled as a distance learning student at Aston.This means that overseas students on the MOptom programme will not require a separate work visa during their pre-registration period.

During the fourth year of the MOptom programme, students complete an Ocular Therapeutics module. Aston optometry graduates who have returned to countries in which optometrist have prescribing rights have found this invaluable. 

Entry requirements specific to your country could be found here

Information for students from Canada 


Within the Optometry department we currently have two partnerships; one with IBZ in Italy and one with Parkway in Singapore. For further information about these partnership programmes please click on the links below.

For students in Italy                                 

For students in Singapore                      

Our programme is highly ranked for overall student satisfaction and is ranked 2nd in the UK for Subjects Allied to Medicine in the 2015 Sunday Times University Guide. The programme provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to enter the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration as an optometrist.

Those students who achieve good grades at the end of year 3 (an overall average mark of at least 50%) can choose to continue with further study if they wish leading to the MOptom. During the pre-registration period when students are in practice and training on the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration students who continue on the MOptom will remain enrolled on a full time basis at Aston University and undertake 6 Masters’ modules. These comprise of 4 taught and 2 coursework modules. All course material is online and tutors can be accessed via email, phone or in person. There will be a need to attend 4 days of University based exams, workshops and tutorials. Students will receive the MOptom degree once they have successfully passed the 4 th year modules. 

These module can serve as advance prior learning for our Doctorate in Optometry that can be completed 2 years after graduation.

Subject Guide & Modules

Clinical experience received in the year 1 and 2 will be refined in year 3 public service clinics where you will help to provide patients with a full range of ophthalmic services. You will work under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians. 

Throughout the programme you will be taught techniques of general eye examination, spectacle dispensing, fitting and aftercare of contact lenses as well as paediatric and  geriatric optometry . These skills and additional optometry specialties are integrated in the clinical investigation and management of visual problems.

To broaden your knowledge and practical experience, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of observation sessions in local hospital eye departments, a specialist low vision centre and the Aston University Day Hospital.

Year 1  

Year 2   

Year 3    

Year 4 (MOptom year)

Most teaching takes place in lectures, tutorials and practical/clinical classes. Year 3 public service clinics are in small groups with 3 or 4 students per supervisor depending on the type of clinic. Assessment is by written examination (75%), and assessment of practical and clinical performance (25%).

Working with patients: 
The Aston University BSc in Optometry and Graduate Diploma in Optometry involve the assessment of fitness to practise and one of the requirements is to promote the relationship of trust and confidence between clinician and patient. In order to fulfil this requirement students are prohibited from wearing a full veil during clinical teaching sessions or otherwise obscuring their face in a manner that may adversely affect communication and compromise the relationship of trust and confidence.

General Optical Council

Our degree is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC). 

After graduation students who wish to work in the UK must complete the College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration during the in-practice pre-registration period. In order to enter the Scheme for Registration a student must have at least a BSc in Optometry at 2.2 level or if on the Aston MOptom programme an overall average of 50% at the end of year 3 and have successfully completed all clinical competencies. Students are responsible for finding their own pre-registration post but will be supported by the University’s careers service and our own in-house careers tutor.

You will need to register with the General Optical Council prior to attending classes. University staff will help you with this during Freshers’ week.

Career prospects

You will have excellent career prospects in:

  • Private practice, in your own practice, in partnership or as an employee of a large optical company
  • Hospital practice
  • The optical industry
  • Optical research
  • Any other career recruiting high quality graduates. 

Aston University’s Optometry graduates consistently achieve high levels of graduate employment.

Our modern, purpose built Vision Sciences building provides outstanding facilities for undergraduate learning, research and clinical work and includes a public service eye clinic.

The Aston University Day Hospital, located next to the Vision Sciences building is unique in Europe and houses the first university cornea and refractive research centre in the UK. The Aston University Day Hospital also brings together our research in areas such as brain imaging, human myopia (short sight) and epilepsy. 

Also, you would be able to get a ands-on practice while working with real patients at Aston Optometry Clinic.

As an Aston optometry student your proximity to all this expertise will give your studies additional context and interest. 

Note that, although you will have access to key equipment, you will need to purchase some of your own personal equipment (approximate cost of £1,500) by the beginning of term 1 in year 2. This equipment will also be useful during the pre-registration period and future practice.

Optometry at Aston University is part of the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS), which also includes The Pharmacy School, Biology, Biomedical Science and Psychology undergraduate programmes and a thriving research culture. There are over 30 staff in Optometry with other LHS staff also undertaking Life/Health Sciences/Physiology related teaching and research. In addition the Optometry department includes a team of technical and support staff. 

Dr Frank Eperjesi is the Head of Optometry.

Email us lhs_admissions@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3000

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Student Profile

Student Profile

Adelina Beyla
Third year student
I find Optometry a highly social and rewarding career choice where I can constantly interact with people and help them maintain their most valued sense of all, vision.

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