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Hi there, I'm currently at college studying A level Maths and Chemistry and BTEC Science Level 3. I really want to study optometry at university but I'm worried they won't allow me because I am doing BTEC science.

I would really appreciate it if you could share any information with me on if university's will allow me to do optometry with my current subjects.


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Hello Junaid,
I think if you do Biology A-level instead of chemistry you'll have a better chance of getting into a uni to do Optometry, most of the good unis will ask for BTEC Level 3 extended diploma with A-level biology or BTEC Certificate with 2 A-levels one including Biology so pick Biology and not Chemistry.

Hopefully this helps
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Thanks for the reply Dobby

I'm much more confident in my Chemistry than I am with my Biology, is there still a chance I could get in without biology? I'm also doing maths so could this not make up for not doing biology?
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Thanks for the reply Dobby

I'm much more confident in my Chemistry than I am with my Biology, is there still a chance I could get in without biology? I'm also doing maths so could this not make up for not doing biology?
What universities are you looking at going to? So I can help you abit better
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What universities are you looking at going to? So I can help you abit better
Thanks, Preferably Manchester and Bradford
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Thanks, Preferably Manchester and Bradford
Manchester University say for A-levels:

A-level

Grades AAB. 2 A levels in Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry at grade A (normally to be taken in one sitting). General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science) with Distinctions in 120 credits from the following units: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 43.

For Manchester I think it would be easier for you to do a BTEC Extended diploma in medical/applied science instead of a BTEC certificate as it'll be easier to get the grades. Also your BTEC certificate may not have all the units Manchester require. If you can get an A in Chemistry then I think you'd need to get Distinctions in all your Biology BTEC Units.

For Bradford University (which is one of the country's top Optometry uni's) requires a high standard

Typical offer (UCAS tariff points): 340


Typically 3 A-level science subjects (i.e. Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry), or a minimum of 2 A-level science subjects both at grade A and a non-science A level at grade B or higher. General Studies or Key Skills points are not counted. Work experience within optometry will strongly support an application.

GCSE English, Maths and at least 2 sciences (i.e. Double Award Science Biology/Chemistry/Physics) minimum grade C.

You'd need to get an A in Biology and Chemistry A level and an A in yur A-level Maths too

But im sure other unis will be slightly lenient towards you
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thanks for the info,

do you think I can get into optometry at either of the uni's by achieving 340 ucas points or more, without getting A's in my A-Levels and instead getting the majority of my points from my btec?
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thanks for the info,

do you think I can get into optometry at either of the uni's by achieving 340 ucas points or more, without getting A's in my A-Levels and instead getting the majority of my points from my btec?
If you get DDD in your BTEC then you'll be fine but if you was unsure just do 1 A-level if you can and do that as a private candidate if your college/schoole doesnt allow you too. It would also be advantageous for you to do work experience in different fields of optometry
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(Original post by dobby101)
Manchester University say for A-levels:

A-level

Grades AAB. 2 A levels in Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry at grade A (normally to be taken in one sitting). General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Science) with Distinctions in 120 credits from the following units: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 43.

For Manchester I think it would be easier for you to do a BTEC Extended diploma in medical/applied science instead of a BTEC certificate as it'll be easier to get the grades. Also your BTEC certificate may not have all the units Manchester require. If you can get an A in Chemistry then I think you'd need to get Distinctions in all your Biology BTEC Units.

For Bradford University (which is one of the country's top Optometry uni's) requires a high standard

Typical offer (UCAS tariff points): 340


Typically 3 A-level science subjects (i.e. Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry), or a minimum of 2 A-level science subjects both at grade A and a non-science A level at grade B or higher. General Studies or Key Skills points are not counted. Work experience within optometry will strongly support an application.

GCSE English, Maths and at least 2 sciences (i.e. Double Award Science Biology/Chemistry/Physics) minimum grade C.

You'd need to get an A in Biology and Chemistry A level and an A in yur A-level Maths too

But im sure other unis will be slightly lenient towards you
Hey I'm interested in doing BTEC Level 3 science in college. And wanting to study Optometry in University. I'm thinking about going to Manchester Uni, but will they accept BTEC Level 3 Science? With no other A level science
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Hey I'm doing BTEC Level 3 science in college. And i aslo want to study Optometry in University. I'm thinking about going to Manchester Uni, but will they accept BTEC Level 3 Science? With no other A level science
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