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Optometry (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Glasgow, United Kingdom
Optometry (Hons) programme at Glasgow Caledonian University is designed to provide the theoretical and practical training to equip graduates with advanced clinical skills which they will use to work as independent eyecare professionals.
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The advanced knowledge and clinical skills that optometrists need to fulfil this role are at the centre of our Optometry (Hons) programme at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Optometrists are eyecare professionals who detect sight problems and prescribe and fit glasses as well as contact lenses and other visual aids. Optometrists also detect and manage a variety of eye conditions such as Glaucoma and Age-related macular degeneration.

We offer a high-quality clinical and didactic education that is highly rated by students. As an integral part of their studies, students benefit from a wide range of clinical experiences in our purpose-built on-campus Vision Centre.

GCU has been the hub for non-medical eye-care education in Scotland since 1971 and remains the only institution in Scotland to offer a degree programme in Optometry.

Your career

Employment prospects are excellent and our graduates are highly rated by employers throughout the UK. Opportunities include private optometric practice, hospital eye services, teaching and research. 

Graduates become qualified optometrists after one year's supervised clinical practice and successful completion of the Scheme for Registration run by The College of Optometrists.


Graduates become qualified optometrists after one year's supervised clinical practice and successful completion of the Scheme for Registration run by The College of Optometrists.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Foundations of Optics

  • Ophthalmic Anatomy & Physiology

  • Ophthalmic Materials

  • Refraction & Binocular Vision

  • Diagnostic Techniques

  • Refraction & Binocular Vision 

  • General & Systemic Pathology

  • Physiology & Microbiology

  • General & Ocular Diagnostic Pharmacology

  • Clinical Practice & Communication

  • Introductory Ocular Disease

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • SQA Higher: AABBB English, (or essay based subject such as Modern Studies/History), Mathematics, 2 sciences plus one other Higher
  • A level: AAB including two sciences or one science and Maths plus GCSE Maths at A/7 and English at B/6; GCSE Physics is recommended
  • ILC Higher: H1 H1 H2 H3 H3 to include 2 Sciences, Maths and English Physics is recommended
  • IB Diploma: 30 points including two Higher Level sciences at 4 plus Maths and Physics recommended
  • BTEC: Extended Diploma in Science/Applied Science D*DD plus GCSE English at B/6 and Maths A/7
  • College HNC: Science-based HNC including Maths with A in graded unit. HNC that include Physics is recommended

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • RUK: £9250

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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