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Course summary

This one year full-time Introduction to Optometry programme provides an introduction to clinical and professional optometric practice as well as a thorough education in the core subjects required to study BSc Optometry. It provides students with an alternative entry route onto the BSc Optometry course at City, University of London. This course has been designed for students with an ambition to study optometry at BSc level, who have a passion for science and will enjoy a future working with the public and colleagues across the healthcare sector. Students develop a basic knowledge of the optics of vision and learn about anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to occular disease. The course provides students with the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing. Principles of some optometric instruments and techniques are also introduced. Our Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences has an internationally excellent reputation within the optometric profession. The course curriculum is informed by our world leading research which is at the cutting edge of advances in the sector and the programme is taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

Modules

Core modules on the Introduction to Optometry programme include

  • Introductory Biological Sciences
  • Optometric Physics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Introduction to Personal and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Clinical Skills.
In ‘Introductory Biological Sciences’ students learn about the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to ocular disease. During ‘Optometric Physics’ basic knowledge of the optics of vision are developed. In ‘Quantitative Methods’ students are provided with the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing. In ‘The Introduction to Clinical Skills’ module we introduce students to the principles of some optometric instruments and techniques.

Assessment method

Assessment on the Introduction to Optometry programme is through a variety of methods which include:

  • closed book summative examinations
  • laboratory/clinic based coursework
  • practical examinations (including formative assessments)
  • MCQ and short answer formative tests
  • assessment of reports
  • oral presentations
Theory examinations are used to ensure core biological, mathematical and physics concepts are understood. Practical assessment allows you to demonstrate your ability to assess vision, visual acuity and basic investigative techniques, as well as knowledge of the basic anatomy of the external eye. Coursework assessment permits compiling work, reflecting on the application of your studies and putting your knowledge into context.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
B513
Institution code:
C60
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

International qualifications are considered on an individual basis IELTS 7.0 overall to include 7.0 in each of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7to include at least 7.0 in each of listening, reading, writing and speaking

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Introduction to Optometry at City, University of London - UCAS