University of Hertfordshire

Degree level: Undergraduate

Initial Year Science Optometry

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Course summary

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This is a one year full time course to be delivered by City and Islington College, supporting progression to the University of Hertfordshire’s MOptom, subject to fulfilling certain requirements. It will be 120 credits over two semesters to enable students who may not satisfy the standard entry requirements or prefer a more dedicated subject specific route. The course provides a thorough grounding specific to the professions of optometry and ophthalmic dispensing. This will comprise of human biology, mathematics, problem solving skills, professional conduct and evidence practice. Additionally further modules will include an introduction to the theory and practice of subjects and skills relating to optometry and ophthalmic dispensing including visual optics, optics and ophthalmic lenses. The Initial Year Science Optometry is studied at City and Islington College. On successful completion, applicants can go on to study for a further 4 years at the University of Hertfordshire to achieve a Master of Optometry (MOptom). The MOptom is awarded by the University of Hertfordshire.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeB511
Institution code H36
Campus nameCity and Islington College
Campus codeI

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 88 points
A level CCD To include 2 A Levels from science subjects i.e. Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry. A minimum of Grade C must be obtained in either Biology or Maths. A-Levels in General Studies and the Extended Project are excluded.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM BTEC Extended Diploma with a science profile (not including Early Years or Health & Social Care, must be science based subject to include Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Applied Science) in addition to an A-level in either Maths or Biology at grade C or above.
Access to HE Diploma Access to HE Diploma in Science, Medicine or Allied Health to include 60 credits overall (must include Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics) with 45 at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction (to include Biology or Maths) and the remaining 15 at merit. 15 credits must be in Biology and 15 credits in maths.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs at grade B or above, including English language, Mathematics and Science Double Award (or Biology, Physics Chemistry). 5/B or above in English, Maths and Science essential but others may be flexible depending on A Level profile. Functional Skills are not accepted in either Maths or English.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each band is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £11950 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Initial Year Science Optometry at University of Hertfordshire - UCAS