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Optometry with a Preliminary Year

Cardiff University

B.Sc. On Campus
48 months
Duration
21950 GBP/year
9000 GBP/year
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About

This Optometry with a Preliminary Year course from Cardiff University has been designed for people who have the desire and academic ability to study for a degree in Optometry, but who don’t necessarily have the right academic background.

Overview

Optometrists are trained to examine the visual system and establish its health through investigating for defects in sight, ocular diseases and problems relating to general health. Where necessary, they provide a refractive correction using optical appliances such as spectacles and contact lenses. 

This Optometry with a Preliminary Year course from Cardiff University allows you to gain the knowledge and skills required of an optometrist to satisfy the eye care needs of the public. As part of this degree, you will undertake a Preliminary Foundation Year and will need to pass each module in order to progress to the three year Optometry BSc. 

This course also aims to provide you with the knowledge and transferable skills needed by any student of the health and life sciences. This approach prepares you for the changes in the profession, and it enables you to undertake and enjoy lifelong learning and continuing professional development. Such an approach means you will not be isolated from other career options. 

GOC registration is required in order to practice optometry. Achieving a Second Division Honours Degree (2:2) or better and achieving a Certificate of Professional Competence at Stage 1 will allow you to enter your pre-registration placement. A Certificate of Professional Competence at Stage 2 (the end of your pre-registration placement) is required to be placed on the GOC Register.  

This course contains syllabus recommendations from the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Optometric professional body, the College of Optometrists. 

Distinctive features

  • Provides another pathway to become an optometrist
  • Ranked 1st in 2018 and 2017 for optometry in the Complete University Guide
  • High graduate employment (98.2% in 2018, 100% in 2017 and 2016) within six months of graduating (UniStats);
  • £22 million purpose-built optometry facility with our own eye clinic;
  • Clinical practice of optometry is included from your first week providing vital hands-on experience. You will also make hospital visits and attend lectures;
  • Cardiff students consistently obtain the highest pass rates in the UK-wide professional body examinations run by the College of Optometrists.
  • We scored overall satisfaction score of 100% in the 2018 National Student Survey.
  • Accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC).

Career prospects

Qualified optometrists can choose a career in private practice, the hospital eye service, universities conducting research and teaching or various options in industry. Registration also opens possibilities to work abroad as an optometry qualification from the UK is highly regarded worldwide.

In 2015, 99% of the School's graduates were in employment following graduation, while others were engaged in further study or took time out to travel. Employers included universities, various NHS Trusts, multiple and independent optometrists and companies such as Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Cardiff University optometry graduates are significantly ahead of the national average in gaining their professional qualifications. To make the transition from a student to a professional optometrist, trainees are required to complete a pre-registration period governed by the College of Optometrists. The 2015 average pass rate for graduates from Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is 92%, compared to the national average of 74%.

After graduating you must complete a period of supervised practice if you wish to register with the UK's General Optical Council (GOC). This is called your pre-registration placement and you must gain at least a Lower Second Class degree (2:2) to enter this training. Our graduates rarely have difficulty securing pre-registration positions, a process that begins in your second year. Many employers visit us to recruit future graduates, and are familiar with the high calibre of Cardiff students. Several of our graduates are successful each year in gaining much sought after hospital pre-registration positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Development
  • Systemic Pathology in Optometry
  • Biochemistry for Optometry
  • Optometric Physics
  • Introductory Optometry
  • Studying Science

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5
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Credits

480 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5
Start practicing IELTS today!

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ABB-BBB to include a maximum of one science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, or Physics) . Please note, General Studies or Critical Thinking will not be accepted.  
  • Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
  • IB Diploma with 32-31 points including one HL subject at grade 6 or 665 in 3 Higher Level subjects. For applicants without a science subject or with one science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Maths, or Physics) .

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21950 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the academic year.

Funding

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