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Course summary

Optometrists are eye-care professionals who detect sight problems and prescribe and fit glasses, contact lenses and other visual aids. Optometrists also detect and manage a variety of eye conditions such as glaucoma. Accredited by the General Optical Council, GCU offers a high-quality clinical education that is highly rated by students. Clinical training takes place in our purpose-built on-campus Eye Clinic. Open to the public, it offers contact lens fitting, orthoptics, dispensing, low vision, myopia control, infant and learning disability clinics. Employment prospects for graduates in Optometry are excellent and our graduates are highly rated by employers throughout the UK. Optometrists can continue their career development through various postgraduate schemes. These include training towards qualifications for Independent Prescribing and a range of specialist skills. We have an optometry clinic on campus and almost all clinical teaching takes place on campus. The only exceptions to this are 4 half day hospital sessions, all of which are within commuting distance of Glasgow city centre (and some of which may be scheduled on the same day i.e. 2 half day sessions on the same day in the same hospital).

Professional bodies

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

  • General Optical Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

SWAP Access to Science and Technology/Ophthalmics with AAA on the first attempt and including 80% in Physics module IELTS - 7.0 overall with 7.0 in Speaking and no element below 6.5 /ABDO qualification/Any Degree - taught in English.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


applicants must be at least 16 at the point when they start the programme in order to obtain a PVG Applicants holding must register with the General Optical Council as a Student Optometrist before the start of term. Failure to register will lead to withdrawal of the offer. See for details of how to register

English language requirements

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

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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 £14500 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

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Optometry at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS