Optometry and Clinical Practice (Singapore) BSc

Students on the Optometry and Clinical Practice with Aston University from Singapore, learn from experts as part of a supportive international student community, setting them up for a rewarding life-long profession that changes lives.


Location: Parkway College, Singapore

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2 Years

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Course outline and modules

Optometrists are professional clinicians responsible for multiple aspects of vision care, specialising in preserving sight by diagnosing and treating visual problems. They’re trained to examine the eyes and detect disorders originating in the eye, brain or other parts of the body.

This course is for students who live in Singapore and want to gain a UK awarded qualification, the BSc Optometry and Clinical Practice. They learn by a unique mix of online learning delivered by Aston Optometry School experts, and still experience in-person teaching with qualified tutors in Singapore at Parkway College.

To ensure you gain crucial hands-on experience, students get to complete a month-long residential at Aston’s modern Birmingham city centre campus. They get to work on-site in a clinical setting with real patients. Here you will be supervised by, and work closely with, our staff including ophthalmologists, optometrists and dispensing opticians to develop and expand your clinical practice skills.

This course is part of the School of Optometry which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences

What is studying Optometry and Clinical Practice with Aston really like?

During the course, students will be provided with the knowledge needed to understand the relationship between the eye and the rest of the human body. Learning from a range of highly qualified experts, and experiencing work at the cutting-edge of optometric science, this course will prepares students for a rewarding life-long profession that changes lives.

In addition to optometry knowledge, our curriculum has been designed to help students develop important personal development skills such as:

  • IT
  • presentation
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • communication
  • group working

Students on this course benefit from our knowledge, expertise and support, whilst still being a valued part of our University community from Singapore.

Stage 1

Students receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) credit for stage 1 based on previous qualifications and experience, allowing direct entry into stage 2.

Stage 2

Undertake a range of tutorials and develop your practical skills:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Ophthalmic Instrumentation
  • Ophthalmic Drugs
  • Primary Optometric Examination
  • Vision and Visual Perception
Stage 3

Further developing your practical skills and experience clinical practice first-hand during your one-month residential at Aston University:

  • Practical Skills
  • Clinical Practice
Stage 4

Complete your time on the course by studying a range of specialist modules:

  • Anterior Eye Conditions
  • Binocular Vision and Paediatrics
  • Evidence Based Practice and Research Methods
  • Professional, Occupational and Low Vision
  • Posterior Eye and General Ophthalmology

Entry requirements

All students joining the course will receive RPL credit for stage I based on previous qualifications and experience allowing direct entry into stage II.

Typical offer:

  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA in an approved Diploma, and a GCSE in English at grade C or above.
  • For students studying in Singapore, applicants must be Singapore or Malaysia passport holders who can meet the UK Visa requirements for the stage 3 compulsory UK residence training.
  • In addition, students without a GCSE in English at grade C or above will require an English language qualification equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each section.

How to apply: 

Applications are closed for this course. For further information, please contact Bhavisha Koner, Associate Dean International for the College of Health and Life Sciences at b.koner@aston.ac.uk.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Content on this unique course is delivered through narrated lectures and videos by Aston University academics, supported by tutorials and practical / clinical classes led by highly qualified and experienced tutors in Singapore at Parkway College.

All Aston-developed course material will be delivered through Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, which can be accessed online, on or off-campus. The online library facilities at Aston will also be available to you.

You will be assessed via a range of methods including coursework and written exams.

Fees and scholarships

For further information please contact Bhavisha Koner, Associate Dean International for the College of Health and Life Sciences at b.koner@aston.ac.uk.

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 BSc/MOptom Optometry graduates consistently achieve high levels of graduate employment.

Frequently asked questions

Who will the degree be awarded by?

The degree will be awarded by Aston University. Even though most of your time on the course will be spent in Singapore either online or at Parkway College, you’ll still be a valued member of our student community, and complete the same degree that everyone onsite in Birmingham will.

How does the Aston University residential work?

In stage three, we’ll welcome you to Birmingham in the UK, where the learning and teaching of your modules will take place during the summer period at Aston University.

You’ll spend time in UK clinics in small groups, where you’ll be registered with the General Optical Council as student practitioners (please note that this course as a whole is not accredited by the GOC).

Assessment for this stage will include assessment of practical and clinical performance.

NOTE: As you will be working with patients, our Fitness to Practise regulations require us to assess how well students are able to build a relationship of trust and confidence with patients. In order to fulfil this requirement, students are asked not to wear a full-face veil, or to otherwise obscure their face in a manner that may adversely affect communication when they are working one-to-one with patients.


What facilities will be available to me while I’m on the Aston campus residential?

You’ll have access to exactly the same specialist facilities that every other optometry student does at Aston University.

This means you’ll have access to:

  • An onsite public-facing optometry clinic. You will help to provide patients with a full range of primary eye care services under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians.
  • Unique virtual patient simulators to help you develop clinical skills.
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment.



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