Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.
Why choose this course?
Our exceptional 4-year integrated programme provides a unique opportunity to explore all aspects of Optometry, integrating theory, research and practice throughout.
Benefits of studying Optometry at the University of Hertfordshire include:
- New simulation facilities
- An opportunity to develop your skills with surrogate patients before entering work settings
- The incorporation of the College of Optometrists’ pre-registration year means that upon completion of your degree you will be a registered Optometrist
- Access to a variety of practice placements including placements in hospitals
- At the end of your degree, you will be eligible for full registration with the General Optical Council, allowing you to practice professionally within the UK.
What's the course about?
This distinctive course integrates theory, research, science and clinical practice right from the start. What makes it unique is that it’s the first optometry degree to incorporate the College of Optometrists’ pre-registration period within the course. That means that once you graduate, you’ll be a fully registered optometrist.
During your degree, you’ll have access to the latest specialist laboratories, equipment and simulation facilities, and take part in innovative methods of learning that embed evidence-based practice and knowledge.
Work experience is a vital part of the course, and you’ll have placements in hospitals and community practice, getting a taste of different career paths.
Your main campus is College Lane
This is where the creative arts, science and health related subject are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
You will undertake your studies both on campus as well as on university arranged clinical placements.
Teaching will be delivered in lecture theatres and our state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical suites, equipped with state of the art equipment and bespoke optometry cubicles.
A variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes will be employed throughout your degree, supported by computer-assisted and self-directed study. The use of surrogate and simulated experience allows for clinical practice in a safe and supervised environment. This flexible approach promotes student involvement, utilising a broad mix of progressive approaches.
Khan Asghar Iqbal
Meet Khan Asghar Iqbal who is saving lives everyday as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP). He is currently working for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust.
|Current job role||Newly Qualified Paramedic|
|Year of graduation||2018|
|Course of study||BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science|
A unique degree and experience
Khan says his ambition to work in London and move out of his hometown in Cardiff was a key factor in choosing to study at the University of Hertfordshire. However, his course also provided a unique combination of theoretical and practical study which Khan says, 'prepared me to put my knowledge into practice while out on placement each term. The course also gave me a glimpse of future opportunities for paramedics such as teaching, management and advanced practice.'
The vocational nature of the degree enabled him to transition smoothly into his chosen career providing him with the essential professional skills and hands on experience he required to excel as a paramedic. He says, 'The course gives you the knowledge to make lifesaving decisions but also gives you more advanced knowledge regarding complicated conditions and the various medicines that come with each patient.'
Khan speaks fondly of his time at the University and says, 'I truly miss everyone I became friends with on my degree. Some of the nights out in the Forum were the best I've ever had and they will be everlasting memories, with friends both on and off of my course. I really came out of my shell and comfort zone and it has made me into the confident and outgoing person I am today.'
Get your dream job
Khan says that being a paramedic is the 'best job in the World' and, although he has just started his career, he hopes to go onto postgraduate study and experience new cultures by travelling.
Meet Ramutu Nguru who has excelled as a Registered Nutritionist since graduating in 2016. She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL).
|Current job role||School Food Nutritionist|
|Year of graduation||2016|
|Course of study||BSc (Hons) Nutrition|
Essential skills for the future
Ramatu graduated having studied Nutrition and has now entered her chosen career as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). She currently works as a School Food Nutritionist for Herts Catering Limited (HCL). Her course enabled Ramatu to achieve her career aspirations, providing invaluable experience which included work shadowing, volunteering and practical work placement opportunities alongside various registered nutritionists and dieticians.
Ramatu says, 'Many employers advertise for nutritionists who are already registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). In order to register, you would need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the underpinning knowledge and professional skills required.' Studying a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or related bioscience degree provides students with an abundance of practicable and transferable experience which will enable you to make crucial inroads into the profession.'
Experience is crucial
Experience is crucial and Ramatu attests that it is even more beneficial than good grades. She advises students to seek out as much opportunity as possible to gain professional experience and says, 'My priority is to continually develop professionally as a Registered Nutritionist as there is always room to improve my own practice and service delivery.' The University provides fantastic opportunities for students through work placements, study abroad schemes as well as the fantastic industry led practical elements embedded into the courses themselves.
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