Initial Year for Extended Degree in Science - Optometry
Typical offer:Entry requirements
UCAS code: B511
Institute code: H36
UCAS points A Level BTEC 88
CCD: To include 2 A Levels from science subjects i.e. Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry. A minimum of Grade C must be obtained in either Biology or Maths. A-Levels in General Studies and the Extended Project are excluded.
MMM: BTEC Extended Diploma with a science profile (not including Early Years or Health & Social Care, must be science based subject to include Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Applied Science) in addition to an A-level in either Maths or Biology at grade C or above.
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade 5/B or above, including in English Language and Mathematics and Science.
For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.
The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.
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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.
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.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Academic Skills 15 Credits Compulsory Foundations in Anatomy and Physiology 15 Credits Compulsory Geometric Optics 15 Credits Compulsory Introduction to Clinical Skills 15 Credits Compulsory Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing 30 Credits Compulsory Laboratory Optics 15 Credits Compulsory Mathematics for Optics 15 Credits Compulsory
What's next for my career?
Following successful completion of the Initial Year Optometry, you may progress onto Year 1 of the MOptom programme at the University of Hertfordshire, subject to achieving an average pass of 75%, with no less than 40% in each constituent module.
In addition, progression to the University’s MOptom programme requires satisfactory Occupational Health clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Students who do not achieve the required pass grade to progress onto the MOptom will have the opportunity to progress onto alternative programmes at the University of Hertfordshire within Bioscience, Nutrition and Dietetics or in the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science.
Further information - includes assessment method
Course fact sheets Initial Year for Extended Degree Science - Optometry Download Programme specifications Initial Year for Extended Degree Science - Optometry Download Additional information
Sandwich placement or study abroad year
Applications open to international and EU students
- Full Time, 5 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
How to apply?
Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2023 31/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time)
Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2024 31/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time)
Fees and funding
- £9250 for the 2023/2024 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
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