Glasgow Caledonian University Optometry

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Glasgow Caledonian University Optometry

BSc (Hons) Optometry

Optometrists are eye-care professionals who detect sight problems and prescribe and fit glasses, contact lenses and other visual aids. Optometrists also detect and manage a variety of eye conditions such as glaucoma.

Accredited by the General Optical Council, GCU offers a high-quality clinical education that is highly rated by students. Clinical training takes place in our purpose-built on-campus Eye Clinic.

Open to the public, it offers contact lens fitting, orthoptics, dispensing, low vision, myopia control, infant and learning disability clinics. Employment prospects for graduates in Optometry are excellent and our graduates are highly rated by employers throughout the UK.

Optometrists can continue their career development through various postgraduate schemes. These include training towards qualifications for Independent Prescribing and a range of specialist skills.

Course Details

BSc (Hons)
4 Years
Start Date
11 September 2017
Full Time
Subject Area
Vision Science
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Year 1
SQA Higher: AABBB including English, Maths and two sciences plus Nat 5 Physics at A if not taken at Higher

A level: AAB including two sciences or one science and Maths plus GCSE Maths and Physics at A/7 and English at B/6

ILC Higher:H1 H1 H2 H3 H3 to include Physics, Maths and English

IB Diploma: 30 points including two Higher Level sciences at 4 plus Maths

BTEC Extended Diploma in Science/Applied Science D*DD or DDD plus GCSE English at B/6, Maths and Physics at A/7 or Double Science at AA/77

College: SWAP Access to Science and Technology/Ophthalmics with AAA on the first attempt and including 80% in Physics module. Science-based HNCs including Physics and Maths with A in the Graded Units. Other science-related HNC qualifications (including Physics) may be considered.

Your Personal Statement
In your personal statement you should include your intent to study optometry. Some work experience always useful.
Disclosure Requirement
All students are required by the General Optical Council to have been cleared by Disclosure Scotland at the advanced level to work in a clinical situation. Disclosure is sought for the Clinic here at Glasgow Caledonian University and applications will be made during enrolment in the first week of the first year of the course. This Disclosure certificate once obtained will last for the duration of the course for the GCU clinic premises only.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)