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.
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- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Standard Qualification Requirements
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 Academic IELTS of 7.0 with no other element below 6.5 or Higher English at A or Higher ESOL at A
Minimum Qualification Requirements
If English is not your First Language we will look for one of the following: Academic IELTS of 7.0 with no other element below 6.5 or Higher English at A or Higher ESOL at A
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
to be organised by the university
Yes - dates TBC
applicants must be at least 16 at the point when they start the programme in order to obtain a PVG
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||IELTS of overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element|
Will also Accept Higher English at A or Higher ESOL at A
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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