Glasgow Caledonian University Orthoptics
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SQA Higher: BBBBC including 2 Sciences, plus Maths, English and Physics Nat 5 at B
A level: BBB including one science plus GCSE Maths, Physics and English at B/6
ILC Higher:H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 to include Physics, Maths and English
IB Diploma: 28 points must include a Higher Level Science and Maths at 6
BTEC Extended Diploma in Science/Applied Science DDM plus GCSE English, Maths plus Physics at B/6 or Double Science at BB/66
College: SWAP Access to Science and Technology/Ophthalmics with ABB and including 70% in Physics module. Science or healthcare based HNC/D with B in the Graded Units and including sufficient coverage of Physics. Other science-related HNC qualifications (including Physics) may be considered.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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Orthoptics is a small, highly specialised branch of eye care. Orthoptists largely work in the NHS within the acute hospital setting or within community health care. The correction of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (squint) makes up the majority of their work with children.
Orthoptists also work in the care and management of patients with conditions that include brain injury, diabetes, stroke, low vision and glaucoma.
They work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists as well as a wide range of other professionals such as maxillo facial surgeons, neurologists and contribute to multidisciplinary teams.
If you are interested in health care, people and particularly children then Orthoptics may be the perfect career for you.
The programme involves learning with other health care professionals and students should receive a truly multidisciplinary experience throughout their four years of study.
On successful completion of the degree students can be registered with the Health Professions Council . They can also apply to become members of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.
As well as attending lectures and tutorials, practical experience is gained through laboratory and clinical work and through attending clinical placements at hospitals throughout Scotland and UK, enabling the student to put their knowledge into practice helping them to prepare for their chosen career.
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Other career paths include working for charities such as the RNIB or Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Our graduates possess a range of skills and attributes that will enable them to contribute to a modern and changing NHS environment.