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UK Optometry Course

Introduction to Optometry Degree

Optometry is a field of nursing that enables you to care for others by diagnosing and managing a wide range of ocular conditions and diseases. With an ageing population, there is an increasing need for Eye Care services.

UK universities have prioritised a practical approach to teaching degrees in optometry. Theory learnt from lectures will be heavily complemented by practical classes. Students will spend a substantial amount of time in clinics developing core optometric skills before they go to placement.

BSc Optometry students studying in the UK will benefit from a variety of short and long-term placements, enabling them to consolidate their knowledge and skills under the supervision of qualified optometrists. Training clinics with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities mean you will be on the cutting edge of the latest technologies in this rapidly advancing field.

Optometry foundation years are also available for students who lack the entry requirements for direct entry. These are often integrated years which, upon completion, will see you begin the full optometry course.

Graduate Optometry Careers and Salary

Optometrists will become a key part of the workforce, and a degree will benefit graduates wanting specialist roles and appealing to future employers. Graduate optometrists will work in hospitals, research and teaching, and many quickly begin private practices.

Students also have the option to study optometry at postgraduate level and focus on specialisations related to their fields of interest. Graduate employment rates for optometry students are traditionally high due to the skilled nature of the work.

Optometry UK Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 33 points
  • Typical A-levels requirements: ABB (including two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics)
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Optometry in the UK?

To learn more about the best university Optometry courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics universities in the CUG 2023 below:

  1. University of Manchester
  2. University of Liverpool
  3. Ulster University
  4. Cardiff University
  5. Aston University
  6. University of Bradford
  7. Glasgow Caledonian University
  8. City, University of London
  9. UWE Bristol
  10. University of Plymouth

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