Optometry at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS

Course summary

An optometrist is a highly skilled health professional trained to provide specialist eye care services, including sight tests, eye examinations, and contact lens fitting. They work in hospitals, the community, and other related settings. There is a growing need for people who can provide these services, particularly as the NHS evolves. Studying this subject will set you on the right path towards a rewarding career as a health professional, with excellent employment and salary prospects open to well-trained graduates.

How to apply

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Glenside Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Relevant subjects: The following qualifications are also approved for entry onto this course as equivalent to Level 3: ABDO Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing, BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing (grade third class or above), City and Islington College Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing - 65% or above. All applicants are required to complete: - Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check* - Health Checks* *All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary. We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years. All applications received on or before the UCAS deadline are considered equally, however, due to the volume of applications received, and to ensure that all applications are given equal consideration, you may attend an interview in December or January but may not receive your decision until May via UCAS or through the UWE applicant portal. The University is unable to enter into individual correspondence regarding decisions made following an interview. If you have not received a decision on your application within a week of the interview, this means that the University is still considering your application. We appreciate your patience during this time and would like to remind you that if you applied through UCAS and have received offers from any other Universities, you will not lose these offers before your UCAS Reply Deadline. Please note that due to early clinical contact on this course applicants must turn 18 before the start of placement. Applicants who do not turn 18 by the commencement of the placement will be advised to defer or reapply as appropriate. Please see our admissions policy for further information.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

UWE Bristol prides itself on being disability–friendly and supportive of physical and mental wellbeing, therefore disclosing any needs you might have through the Occupational Health Assessment will enable us to create reasonable adjustments to suit your needs. As part of the assessment you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination if required. Offers of places are subject to Occupational Health Clearance and students are expected to disclose pre-existing and historical health conditions. You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.


If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to record a short video presentation (two/three minutes long) and to answer some brief questions in Microsoft Forms. We'll use this information to gauge your suitability for the Optometry course at UWE Bristol.


Deferred entry: We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall. Individual scores for each section of the test must not be lower than 6.5, with the exception of the 'Speaking' section, where a minimum score of 7 is required. For full details of the language test, contact the British Councilhttps://www.britishcouncil.org/. The University's list of alternative English Language qualifications https://www.uwe.ac.uk/courses/applying/international-applications/english-language-requirements doesn't apply. International applicants For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the country information pages https://www.uwe.ac.uk/courses/international-study If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College https://www.kaplanpathways.com/where-to-study/uwe-bristol-international-college/ If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/YQ33/pre-sessional-english-programme



Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
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Fees and funding

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Optometry at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS