Orthoptics is a small, highly specialised branch of eye care. Orthoptists largely work in the NHS within the acute hospital setting or within community health care. The correction of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (squint) makes up the majority of their work with children. Orthoptists also work in the care and management of patients with conditions that include brain injury, diabetes, stroke, low vision and glaucoma. They work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists as well as a wide range of other professionals such as maxillo facial surgeons, neurologists and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. If you are interested in health care, people and particularly children then Orthoptics may be the perfect career for you. The programme involves learning with other health care professionals and students should receive a truly multidisciplinary experience throughout their four years of study. On successful completion of the degree students can be registered with the Health Professions Council . They can also apply to become members of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||BBB||including one science from Biology or Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths plus GCSE Maths and English at B/6 . GCSE Physics is recommended or Double Science|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||plus GCSE English, Maths plus GCSE Double Science at BB/66. Physics is recommended|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 37 credits M: 15 credits P: 3 credits||Science based access courses that include Maths and Physics with 60 Credits overall and 45 at level 3 are considered.|
|Scottish Higher||BBBBC||English and 2 sciences OR 1 Science and Maths Maths at SG 2/Int 2 B/ Nat 5 at B. if not studied at Higher level. Physics at least at Nat 5 B is recommended|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||International Baccalaureate: score of 28 points overall with 6 points in Higher level science plus Maths at 6.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H3, H3, H3, H3||Essential subjects English, Maths and one further Science. Physics or Biology or Human Biology is recommended|
|Scottish HNC||HNC in Science or health related HNC with Graded Unit – B required. Physics is recommended as part an HNC or from National 5|
SWAP Access to Science & Technology/Ophthalmics – 70% overall (Distinction) or ABB pass, at first attempt. With 70% in Physics Module SWAP Access to Engineering – 70% overall (Distinction) or ABB pass, at first attempt considered and it is very advantageous to complete the additional Higher Biology unit. ABDO qualification/Any Degree - taught in English
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
to be organised by the university
Proposed Interview Dates: 12/2/19 and 5/3/19
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||IELTS of overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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