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BSc in Optometry / MOptom

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 99.2% of 2013 leavers found employment or further study within 6 months of leaving Aston University
  • The Overall Satisfaction level in the 2013 National Student Survey among leavers from this programme was 97%
  • 23/24 for Teaching Quality Assessment – rated as excellent
  • World-class reputation for research
  • Innovative hospital placement scheme
  • This subject at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK regarding Career Prospects in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • Optometry at Aston is ranked Top 3 in the UK in the latest Complete University Guide and Sunday Times University Guide

3 or 4 years full-time

All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. We also require all applicants to our course to uphold professional standards of behaviour.

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

Please note you do not need to apply for both the BSc and the MOptom. Both courses have the same entry requirements. Should you need to you will have the opportunity to change course at enrolment.

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.

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.

    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. 

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. 

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day

Unique opportunities for students from overseas:

  • 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. 

Information about visa requirements can be found here

Entry requirements 

Our entry requirements will vary depending on the country in which you have completed your education so far.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. 

General information for international students can be found at here.

Further information specific to students from Canada

 At Aston we offer unique opportunities for students from Canada: 

  • Firstly, our four year MOptom programme provides the opportunity for Canadian students to complete their work-based pre-registration period whilst still enrolled as a distance learning student at Aston.This means that Canadian students on the MOptom programme will not require a separate work visa during their pre-registration period.
  • Secondly, during the fourth year of the MOptom programme, students complete an Ocular Therapeutics module. Aston optometry graduates who have returned to Canada, where optometrists have prescribing rights, have found this invaluable. 

Entry requirements 

Our entry requirements will vary depending on the country/province in which you have completed your education so far. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. We also require all applicants to our course to uphold professional standards of behaviour from the outset. Please contact our admissions team directly for tailored information at lhs_admissions@aston.ac.uk 

Returning to Canada  

Over recent years there has been increasing interest in our Optometry programme from Canadian applicants. Some of our Canadian graduates now live and work in the UK, whilst some have returned to practice in Canada. Students who wish to practice in Canada will need to secure a place on the International Optometric Bridging Programme (IOBP) at the University of Waterloo, after they have completed their pre-registration period and qualified for registration with the General Optical Council in the UK. The IOBP aims to prepare candidates for the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry; the examinations necessary for registration to practice in Canada. 

Information about the IOBP can be found at: https://uwaterloo.ca/international-optometric-bridging-program/ 

In addition, Canadian applicants to the IOBP must either: 

  • have completed three years of full-time undergraduate university studies in science subjects prior to enrolling on the Aston optometry programme, or,
  • have completed three years of work experience in the UK after completion of the pre-registration period and registration with the General Optical Council. 

The Federation of Optometric Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FORAC) is responsible for the credential assessment of candidates educated outside North America intending on applying for registration to practice optometry in any province of Canada. Information relating to their credentialing process and requirements can be found at: http://forac-faroc.ca/

For Ontario residents, the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will still provide financial support to students studying at Aston University.  This information can be found by going to the "School Search" on the OSAP website (osap.gov.on.ca).

Residents of other provinces should query their eligibility for financial support with the relevant organisations.

International Fee: £16,500

Partnerships

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 parternship programmes please click on the links below.

For students in Italy

For students in Singapore

 

UK/EU Tuition fees: £9,000  

International Fee: £16,500

Our programme is highly ranked for overall student satisfaction (96% according to a UK government survey in 2012) and is ranked 1 st in the UK for Subjects Allied to Medicine in the Times Complete University Guide and Sunday Times league tables. 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.

For further information on GOC registration see www.optical.org and for further information on the College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration and for visa sponsorship see www.college-optometrists.org  

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.

The course integrates IT skills, presentation skills, problem solving, clinical decision making and communication skills into a Personal Development Planning module . This module is designed to assist you in recording your achievements as you progress through the programme. You will reflect on your progress to identify areas you are good at and those which you need to improve on. Using this information, you will develop action plans which will help you to achieve your academic and personal goals.

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. 

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 lhsadmissions@aston.ac.uk  or call 0121 204 3000

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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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