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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.

Professional bodies

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  • Health and Care Professions Council

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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 & 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)

Health checks

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

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 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

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 £15200 Year 1
International £15200 Year 1

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Orthoptics at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS