Initial Year for Extended Degree in Science - Optometry

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • 1st in the East of England for Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics (2023 Complete University Guide)


Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes, supported by computer-assisted and self-directed study. This approach promotes student involvement, utilising a broad mix of progressive approaches.

During lectures you will explore the theory element of the module, the practical classes will allow you to put this theory into practice. You will also be encouraged to attend talks by external speakers from industry.

With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

What's the course about?

This course provides a thorough grounding specific to the professions of optometry and ophthalmic dispensing. It prepares students for study at undergraduate level.

Integrating theory, research and practice throughout, the Initial Year Optometry supports progression to the University of Hertfordshire’s Master of Optometry (MOptom) subject to fulfilling certain requirements.

The course comprises human biology, mathematics, problem solving skills, professional conduct and evidence based practice. In addition, further modules include an introduction to the theory and practice of subjects and skills relating to optometry and ophthalmic dispensing, including visual optics, optics and ophthalmic lenses.

With good job prospects, this career is interesting, rewarding and can make a genuine difference. The career is suited to those who enjoy working with people.