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 degree will allow you to gain the knowledge and skills required of an optometrist to satisfy the eye care needs of the public. Designed around this aim, our course contains syllabus recommendations from the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Optometric professional body, the College of Optometrists.
This Optometry course from Cardiff University 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.
- 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).
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 2017, 100% 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.
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- Basic Clinical Techniques
- Optometric Dispensing and Appliances
- Geometrical and Visual Optics
- Research and Study Skills
- From Cells to Systems
- Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
- Physiology of Vision
- 36 months
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- AAA-AAB including two science subjects from Biology, Chemisty, Mathematics, 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 36-34 or 666 in 3 Higher Level subjects. Subjects must include two science subjects from Biology, Chemisty, Mathematics, or Physics at HL grade 6.
International21950 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 21950 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA9000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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