Glasgow Caledonian University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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.

Course details

Professional bodies

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.

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 codeB520
Institution code G42
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
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)

Health checks

to be organised by the university


Proposed Interview Dates: 12/2/19 and 5/3/19

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS of overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £11845 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish domiciled and EU full-time undergraduate students studying in Scotland will not normally have to pay tuition fees, although you must still apply to have your fees paid on your behalf by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) each year. You should apply online through the SAAS website. You can usually apply from April onwards. For eligibility details and information on how to apply, visit www.saas.gov.uk. Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (rUK), should apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from their own Local Education Authority. If you live in: England - you should apply to Student Finance Direct Wales - you should apply to Student Finance Wales Northern Ireland - you should apply to Student Finance NI The rUK fees are £9250 per year capped at £27,750 for a 4-year honours programme. A £2,000 cash bursary is available for the first three years. Please see visit www.gcu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/feesfinance/tuitionfees

Sponsorship information

The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

Orthoptics at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS