BSc Optometry

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

AAB (including specific subjects)

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
ABB (including specific subjects).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall including 6 in two science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at Higher Level and 5 in one further Higher Level subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Study in our modern £4 million facilities at an institution with the longest tradition of teaching optometry in the UK.
  • Gain clinical experience at neighbouring Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, one of the largest eye hospitals in Europe.
  • Benefit from personal and professional development sessions running throughout the course.
  • Take advantage of our £2,000 bursary for international students.
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Optometry at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying optometry at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 2411 or email ug.optometry@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

The General Optical Council student registration fee is currently £30 (renewable each year) but is reimbursed to you by the university. 

At the beginning of your first year, we provide you with a lab coat and suggest you buy a trial frame (up to £300). By the end of your second year, you are encouraged to purchase your own ophthalmoscope and retinoscope, which can cost between £800 and £1000.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We are pleased to offer a £2,000 per annum tuition fee bursary for international applicants to Optometry. This will be applied automatically should you register on the course. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a bursary for home/EU students; however, the University offers a scholarship/bursary package

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 2411
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/optometry/
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades AAB, including two A-levels in Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry with grades AA (normally to be taken in one sitting) and a pass in the practical assessments.

General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the offer.

AS-level

As level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

We require at least five GCSEs at minimum grade 5 (including English Language and Mathematics).

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall including 6 in two science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at Higher Level and 5 in one further Higher Level subject.

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AAABB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (including 2 science subjects) plus Advanced Higher Grade A in a science subject. English Language and Maths not taken at Higher/Advanced must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

We require an overall grade of 80% with a minimum of Grade 8 in two science subjects.

In addition, all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English Language.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Science, are required to achieve AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics and an EAP score of B. INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Science are required to achieve AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics and an EAP requirements score of B.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

We do not consider the National Extended Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Extended Diploma must achieve DDD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

BTEC National Diploma

We do not consider the National Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Diploma must achieve DD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

BTEC National Foundation Diploma

We do not consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Foundation Diploma must achieve D alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

BTEC National Extended Certificate

We do not consider the National Extended Certificate for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Extended Certificate must achieve D alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma must achieve DDD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Diploma must achieve DD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma must achieve DD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate must achieve D alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

Access to HE Diploma

We require 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3, including a minimum of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, plus a minimum of 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction.

Applicants should also have GCSE English Language at grade 5 or above and GCSE Maths at grade 5 or above, or equivalent. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Students educated up to GCSE level who have only taken a one-year Access course will not normally be accepted.

Cambridge Pre-U

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3, M1, D3, M1, including two sciences. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

We require one of:

  • GCSE, IGCSE or O-Level English Language at grade 5;
  • IELTS 7 (with no less than 6 in any component);
  • TOEFL (iBT) - 100;
  • an equivalent qualification.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

We would normally only consider applicants who obtained the relevant qualification within the three years prior to entry.

Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

Please note that if you are offered a place on this course, you will be required to register with the General Optical Council and, as a result, will be subject to their standards and disciplinary proceedings in addition to those of the University.

There is an opportunity to complete a fourth year and gain an MSci in Optometry. Students can apply for admission to this during their course, and will be advised about the application process in their second year.

How your application is considered

Both international and EU applicants are considered on the basis of their UCAS form. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype.

Interview requirements

Interviews are part of the selection process. All suitable UK applicants will be interviewed in person at the University.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All applicants will be required to complete a Pre-acceptance Health Questionnaire. Please see the Optometry Applicants - Fitness to Practise Guidelines (PDF) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

We do not require applicants to complete an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check during the admissions cycle. 

However should you register on the Optometry programme, you will be required to complete the enhanced DBS check during the first 2 weeks of formal teaching

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We will consider resit applications provided you have obtained a minimum of A-level grades BBC at the first attempt (or equivalent qualifications).

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Our BSc Optometry course will enable you to discover the scientific principles that underpin optometry, including the properties of light, the anatomy of the eye and the processing of vision in the brain.

We have strong links with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, where you can take advantage of a one-week clinical placement and attend regular specialist clinics in your final year.

Students graduating with a BSc degree are usually able to register as an optometrist after a one year pre-registration placement. 

Some students are able to enrol onto our unique four-year undergraduate Master of Science in Optometry course. Graduates of this course do not need to undertake a pre-registration year and can automatically register to practice as an optometrist with the General Optical Council on successful graduation.

Special features

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Obtain unique practical experience at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Unique clinical experience

Gain experience at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital - one of Europe's biggest eye teaching hospitals - to learn about the management and treatment of eye disease.

Early patient contact

Start to meet patients in the second semester of Year 1.

Close-knit student cohort

Join the active student-run Optometry Society to take part in formal and informal social activities.

Integrated master's option

Our undergraduate four year Master of Science (MSci) gives you the chance to complete an integrated master's where successful students do not need to undertake the pre-registration year. This leads to direct registration with the General Optical Council.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, clinics and practicals. You will have around 20 hours of formally timetabled lectures and practicals every week.

Find out more about teaching and learning in optometry , including a typical Year 1 timetable.

Coursework and assessment

Units completed within a semester will be assessed at the end of that semester by a combination of coursework, practical examination and written examination.

Subjects taught throughout the year will be examined at the end of the second semester.

The final degree classification is based on marks obtained during all years of the course, weighted as follows:

  • Year 1 - 10%
  • Year 2 - 30%
  • Year 3 - 60%.

Course content for year 1

You will be introduced to the scientific principles that underpin optometry including the properties of light, the anatomy of the eye and the processing of vision in the brain. You will also learn about ophthalmic appliances such as lenses and instrumentation such as retinoscopes.

The clinical element of the course will introduce you to general eye examination techniques that you will initially carry out on fellow students followed by volunteer patients in Semester 2.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Personal & Professional Development A OPTO10100 10 Mandatory
Geometrical Optics OPTO10151 10 Mandatory
Functional Anatomy of the Eye OPTO10171 10 Mandatory
Optometric Examination A OPTO10190 30 Mandatory
Dispensing A OPTO10292 10 Mandatory
Physical Optics OPTO10312 10 Mandatory
Visual Neurophysiology & Fundamentals of Visual Perception OPTO10360 10 Mandatory
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care Professionals I OPTO10391 10 Mandatory
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care Professionals II OPTO10392 10 Mandatory
Mathematics for Optometry OPTO10911 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

You will cover a range of new topics including human disease processes, pharmacology, contact lens practice and binocular vision. You will also further develop your knowledge of ophthalmic appliances, and optometric instrumentation.

The clinical element of the course will develop your skills so that you will have the confidence to examine members of the public under supervision by the end of the year.

You will spend a week in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital on a full-time placement during the vacation between the second and third years of the course. This provides a wealth of clinical experience in a hospital department.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dispensing B OPTO20080 10 Mandatory
Instrumentation OPTO20091 10 Mandatory
Optometric Examination B OPTO20100 20 Mandatory
Personal & Professional Development B OPTO20200 10 Mandatory
Vision in the Real World OPTO20282 10 Mandatory
Visual Optics OPTO20292 10 Mandatory
Binocular Vision A OPTO20361 10 Mandatory
Contact Lenses A OPTO20372 10 Mandatory
Pharmacology A OPTO20391 10 Mandatory
Visual Psychophysics and Neurophysiology OPTO20621 10 Mandatory
Ocular Health & Disease Mechanisms OPTO21391 10 Mandatory
Clinical Methodology 2 OPTO22051 0 Mandatory
Clinical Methodology 3 OPTO22062 0 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 13 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

An even greater emphasis is placed upon the clinical element of your course during your final year. You will have several clinics each week including contact lenses, low vision, paediatric and orthoptic clinics - some of which take place at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

You will carry out a placement at a local optometric practice, and visit the refractive surgery facilities of a leading eye-care organisation.

New topics are introduced in your final-year lectures, including a unit on legal and professional skills. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an ophthalmic topic of interest.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Clinical Practical Sessions OPTO30200 40 Mandatory
Binocular Vision B OPTO30221 10 Mandatory
Low Vision OPTO30410 10 Mandatory
Pharmacology B: Ocular Pharmacology OPTO30612 10 Mandatory
Contact Lenses B OPTO30651 10 Mandatory
Ocular Disease OPTO30891 10 Mandatory
Personal & Professional Development C OPTO31200 10 Mandatory
Emerging Optometry OPTO31222 10 Mandatory
Dissertation OPTO31250 10 Mandatory

What our students say

I have always wanted to be an optometrist, and am absolutely delighted to have had the opportunity to study at Manchester. The learning experience is remarkable, with first rate lectures and practical teaching delivered by practising optometrists, ophthalmologists, and researchers at the cutting edge of development in vision and optometric study.

Sean Matthews

The parts of the course I like most are the practicals. They are great for getting to know others in your year, and the majority of the supervisors are practising opticians, so learning from them provides an invaluable insight into how it is done in practice. Having patients from the first year also vastly improves your clinical and communication skills, and the patients aren't as scary as you might think!

Sophie Godley

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

You will learn in purpose-built facilities that include a dispensary, 16 bespoke optometric examination rooms, numerous dedicated specialist clinic rooms and dedicated laboratories for non-clinical practical sessions.

You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduates .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

BSc Optometry - Amelia White

"The Optometry course at Manchester helped me to become the best optometrist I can be.

"The curriculum is vast with lots to learn, and there is also an art to providing great patient care, so you will need to develop the necessary communication skills, which will come with support and experience."

Amelia White / BSc Optometry graduate and Optometrist

Optometrists work in high street practice or hospital eye clinics, where they prescribe and dispense spectacles, contact lenses, and low vision aids, treat problems with binocular vision, and increasingly work alongside ophthalmologists to monitor the treatment of ocular disease.

Optometrists are now also involved in the primary care of patients with diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma. This has given rise to more emphasis on the study and management of these conditions. 

Qualified optometrists can also undertake postgraduate study to act as independent prescribers with the authority to treat a range of eye conditions.  

Most BSc Optometry students go straight on to do their pre-registration year and take the Scheme for Registration examinations, which, when successfully completed, allow entry to the General Optical Council register.

Alternatively, during your second year you can apply for a place on our undergraduate four-year Master of Science in Optometry (MSci) degree, on completion of which you can register directly with the General Optical Council. This opportunity is unique to The University of Manchester.

After registration with the General Optical Council you can take your career forward in private practice or within the National Health Service. Of our recent graduates, 95% are working in private practice and 5% in the NHS.

See a blog post from one of our graduates who is now working as an optometrist on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog.

Accrediting organisations

Optometry degrees are approved by the General Optical Council.