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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Clinical Practical Sessions

Unit code OPTO30200
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module gives you the opportunity to practise your clinical skills on real patients, who attend the Optometry Teaching Clinics, under the supervision of qualified staff. A culmination of the theory and practical knowledge you have gained in the first two years will allow you to see patients in the following clinical settings: general eye examination, contact lenses, low vision assessment, dispensing, orthoptics, further investigative techniques and paediatrics.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Dispensing B OPTO20080 Pre-Requisite Recommended
Optometric Examination B OPTO20100 Pre-Requisite Recommended
Binocular Vision A OPTO20361 Pre-Requisite Recommended
Contact Lenses A OPTO20372 Pre-Requisite Recommended
Instrumentation OPTO20091 Pre-Requisite Recommended

All clinical units taken during semesters 1 to 5.


To enable students to acquire the clinical skills necessary for entry into the pre-registration year following graduation

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate clinical understanding in all of the clinics covered in the unit
  • Demonstrate practical clinical competence in each of the areas covered by the unit (GOC Stage 1 Competencies)
  • Develop effective clinical communication skills.


In depth clinical experience in: optometric examination, contact lenses, ophthalmic dispensing investigative techniques, orthoptics, paediatric optometry, low vision and case records.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Experience in reviewing patient records to determine normal and abnormal findings and pick out salient points requiring investigation and follow-up. Participation in case discussions during clinical record tutorials.
Group/team working
Co-operative working in small groups during some clinical sessions e.g. Paediatrics, Binocular Vision, Further Investigative Techniques.
Oral communication
Regular taking of patient clinical histories and discussion of optometric management with patient and supervisors (particularly in Optometric Examination).
Problem solving
Establishing the patient's presenting problem(s) if symptomatic and determining an appropriate course of action with assistance of the clinical supervisor
Written communication
Via regular record keeping and completion of management plans in most clinics.

Assessment methods


Online exam involving recognition of ocular disease and data interpretation task (visual fields and colour vision). Station exam assessing practical skills in slit lamp, Volk and contact tonometry.

BINOCULAR ANOMALIES (70 minutes, 15%)

Station exam including practical elements (e.g. history taking, cover test, prism fusion range, ocular motility) and online exam assessing theoretical elements (ocular movements, prescribing for children, development of binocular vision and management of binocular vision).

CONTACT LENSES (45 minutes, 15%)

OSCE station exam covering contact lens fitting and aftercare. For example selection and/or assessment of lens fit and surface (rigid and/or soft lenses)

Slit lamp and tear film examination of a prospective or established contact lens wearer
Fitting patients with rigid and/or soft contact lenses and assessing lens fit.
Ordering of final contact lens specifications
Slide recognition tasks e.g. contact lens complications, assessment of lens fit, instrumentation, solutions


Station examination requiring the dispensing and ordering of a multifocal prescription, in addition to low vision-related assessments.


Station exams covering routine optometric examination and management.


CLINICAL MANAGEMENT (1 hour preparation and 30 minute viva, 25%)

Examination involving review of several optometric case scenarios that include the clinical presentation, refractive findings and results of various supplementary investigations. Candidates will be required to prepare all the scenarios for discussion during the subsequent viva and to write a letter of referral in relation to one of the cases.


Feedback methods

  • Periodic feedback of clinical performance with release of core competency results.

Recommended reading

Additional study material and reading will be suggested as required.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 6
Practical classes & workshops 223
Seminars 14
Independent study hours
Independent study 157

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Caroline Thompson Unit coordinator

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