Optometry (Direct Entry) at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

Course summary

We are currently only accepting applications for year two or year three entry. If you wish to apply for year one please consider our new five-year Masters in Optometry with Independent Prescribing (UCAS code B515). 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

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

**Year 2 Entry:** ABDO (Associate of British Dispensing Opticians) with good marks required at first attempt with average 75%. Contact Lens/Low Vision from ABDO qualification is desirable. **Year 3 Entry:** Successful completion of 3 years of the Bsc Orthoptics programme at GCU with not less than a Merit, or 2:1 degree in Orthoptics.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Ophthalmic Dispensing Degree Applicants who have achieved their degree already 65% and professional exams at first attempt or degree plus professional exams plus work experience in Ophthalmic Dispensing for direct entry into second year. ABDO qualification Will be considered for year 2 entry but good marks required for degree/diploma and ABDO (pass at first attempt with mean 75% + and no pass below 65%). Contact Lens/Low Vision Honours ABDO qualification very helpful. Year 3 Successful completion of 3 years of the BSc Hons Orthoptics programme at GCU with not less than a Merit, or 2:1 degree in Orthoptics

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Applicants must be at least 17 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 www.optical.org 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 £15200 Year 1
International £15200 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information please visit our website www.gcu.ac.uk/study/tuitionfees

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Optometry (Direct Entry) at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS