Optometry with Independent Prescribing at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

Course summary

GCU''s Optometry programme, UCAS code B515. Study an integrated Master’s programme and become a qualified optometrist, learning how to detect, diagnose and manage conditions of the eye and vision. Optometrists detect sight problems and prescribe and dispense spectacles, contact lenses and other aids to vision. They also play a key role in diagnosing and managing a wide range of eye conditions, including infective and inflammatory disorders, cataract and glaucoma. GCU’s integrated Master’s programme in Optometry provides a comprehensive training in the theory and practice of optometry to enable graduates to deliver a range of core and enhanced eyecare services to communities across Scotland and beyond. From the outset of the programme, students receive training in fundamental vision science as well as clinical care, to facilitate the development of skills in critical thinking and clinical decision-making. Students develop their clinical skills in our purpose-built, on-campus Vision Centre, and gain extensive clinical experience through external placements.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Optical Council

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

SWAP Access to Science and Technology /SWAP Access to Radiography/SWAP ACCESS to Optometry/SWAP Access to Ophthalmics considered would require 75% overall (Distinction) or AAA pass. Must have 80% in Physics module. Must pass SWAP at 1st attempt  Access to Science and Technology considered would require 75% overall (Distinction) or AAA on the first attempt (including 80% in Physics module)  Must pass SWAP at 1st attempt

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by 1st March of the academic session. Applicants must register with the General Optical Council as a Student Optometrist before the start of term, usually done prior to Induction Week once student is registered at GCU. All student applications are now done online and typically prior to induction week. As part of the information the Vision Sciences Department send out to new students ahead of induction, they include details of how to complete the application.  Welcome packs are usually sent out in early September.   See www.optical.org for details

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS of overall 7.0 with 7.0 in speaking and no other element below 6.5

We accept Higher ESOL at A

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
EU £19300 Year 1
International £19300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please visit our website for helpful information https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate-moptom-optometry-glasgow
Optometry with Independent Prescribing at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS