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 period 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 subjects 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 our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. 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.
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