Aston University Optometry
Optometrists are professional clinicians responsible for many aspects of vision care, trained to examine the eyes for optical defects and to detect visual system diseases that may originate in the eye, brain or elsewhere in the body. Their training includes fitting and supplying spectacles, contact lenses and other optical devices.
This course is highly ranked for overall student satisfaction and graduate employability.
A key feature of the Optometry course at Aston is the hands-on clinical experience that you will benefit from throughout all years of your degree. You will use our unique virtual patient simulators help you develop initial clinical skills, and then later encounter real patients in our fully functioning Optometry clinics. You will help to provide patients with a full range of eye care services under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians.
Throughout the programme you will be taught techniques of:
- General eye examination;
- Spectacle dispensing;
- Fitting and aftercare of contact lenses;
- Paediatric and geriatric optometry.
These skills and additional optometry specialties are integrated in the clinical investigation and management of visual problems.
To broaden your knowledge and practical experience, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of observation sessions in local hospital eye departments, a specialist low vision centre, and the Aston University Day Hospital: Optegra refractive surgery hospital.
Students who achieve good grades at the end of Year 3 (an overall average mark of at least 50%) can choose to continue with further study, leading to an MOptom qualification.
You will undertake the MOptom qualification during the pre-registration period – the period after graduation, when you are in practice and training on the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration.
You will remain enrolled on a full-time basis at Aston University and undertake 6 masters’-level modules, four of which will be “taught” modules and two are coursework modules. Course material is delivered online and tutors can be accessed via email, phone or in person. You will also attend four days of on-campus tutorials, workshops and exams. These module can serve as “Advance Prior Learning” for our Doctorate in Optometry, which can be completed two years after graduation.
Duration: 3 years full time with integrated placements, or 4 year MOptom course to include an additional year of practise-based learning during the pre-registration period
UCAS Code: B510 (BSc), B512 (MOptom)
- We welcome applications from candidates interested in our courses who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. If you meet the basic academic entry requirements, you will be invited to an interview day where you can meet staff, students, and see the campus. Offers are made shortly after each interview day. While we expect applicants to achieve our required entry grades, we will consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below our entry requirements for individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to and aptitude for healthcare practice, however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below.
- You do not need to apply for both the BSc and MOptom courses on UCAS. Students can choose to swap between the two at any point up to the end of Year 3. Students are required to have achieved an average mark of at least 50% at the end of Year 3 to progress to the MOptom course.
- This course requires all applicants to uphold professional standards of behaviour.
- Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.
- GCSE requirements: Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths Grade B/5 and above, GCSE Physics Grade B/5 and above (if not held at A Level) or Dual Award Science Grade BB.
- Find out more about our admissions policy.
- The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
- Suitably qualified students based in Singapore can study Aston’s BSc Optometry & Clinical Practice course in country.
AAA if an applicant is taking two sciences. AAB if an applicant is taking three sciences. You will need to successfully complete the practical elements of at least two of your sciences.
This must include at least two sciences at A level, including Biology with either Maths or Physics. Chemistry may be acceptable as an alternative. General Studies not accepted as part of the offer. Additional AS/A levels welcomed.
A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.