Aston University, Birmingham

Optometry Aston University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our four year MOptom course with clinical experience, including additional year of distance learning during the pre-registration period, has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the practice of optometry and is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC).

Optometrists are professional clinicians responsible for many aspects of vision care, trained to examine the eyes for optical defects and to detect visual system diseases that may originate in the eye, brain or elsewhere in the body. Their training includes fitting and supplying spectacles, contact lenses and other optical devices.

As an optometry student you will gain a broad scientific education and specialist professional training, as well as receiving hands-on clinical experience throughout all years of the course. Our unique virtual patient simulators will help you to develop initial clinical skills, and then later encounter real patients in our fully functioning Optometry clinics. You will provide patients with a full range of eye care services under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians.

The MOptom qualification is undertaken during the pre-registration period - the period which takes place following the third year of university study, when you are in practice and training on the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration.

The aim of the MOptom year is to deepen your knowledge of topics such as advanced investigative techniques, evidence-based clinical research, glaucoma, interprofessional communication, ocular prescribing, and retinal and macular disorders. You will remain enrolled on a full-time basis at Aston and complete six masters-level modules, four of which will be taught modules and two are coursework modules. Course material is delivered online and tutors can be accessed via email, phone or in person. You will be required to attend a small number of days of on-campus for tutorial, workshops and exams.

Our graduates enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice, private practice, the optical industry, optometry research, and roles outside healthcare. Some undertake postgraduate courses.

Key course benefits:

  • Regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC) and is the first step towards becoming a qualified clinician

  • You will attend a series of observation sessions in local hospital eye departments, a specialist low vision centre, and our day hospital Optegra (refractive surgery hospital)

  • Have patient contact through our fully functioning public optometry clinic

  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics at Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics at Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)

  • Subjects Allied to Medicine at Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2017 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide

  • Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £12,500 (51%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2017).

Course details

Modules

Year 1
Develop your knowledge of the basic scientific principles that underpin optometry and optometric clinical skills.

Year 2
Understand the intricate biological links between eye and brain; develop your ability to perform a full eye examination routine and gain skills in contact lens fitting, optical instrumentation and research methods.

Year 3
Acquire further knowledge and skills and work alongside our scientists on a research study. Use virtual patient simulators and examine real patients in our public service clinic. In addition, visit local hospital eye departments.

Final year
Deepen your knowledge of topics such as advanced investigative techniques, evidence-based clinical research, glaucoma, interprofessional communication, ocular prescribing, and retinal and macular disorders.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B512
Institution code A80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA - ABB AAA two science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

AAB three science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

Resits: We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer. We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A Levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to re-sit your A-levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject, you must also achieve grade B in one A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher AAAAB Three from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths to be included.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Total five GCSEs required as follows: B/5 Mathematics C/4 English Language plus three GCSEs at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 points 32 overall in the IB Diploma which must include 6, 6, 6 – 6, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. These subjects must include either two or three science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 6 in Maths and 5 in English Language.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject, you must also achieve grade B in one A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in two A level science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Admissions Review Process/Applicant Interview Days

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated in our entry requirements. Find out more about our admissions policy on our website.

Personal Statement: If you have a personal statement referring to another course, you will be required to email an Optometry related version.

If you are shortlisted, you will receive an interview invite which will be held on campus. It is compulsory that you attend in order to receive a decision on your application. For International applicants we organise a Skype interview. In some cases we make a lowered offer to applicants who perform exceptionally at the interviews.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students.

Provider information

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Aston University, Birmingham
Aston Triangle
Birmingham
B4 7ET


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