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    Hello!
    I'm about to start my AS Levels in September and I've always been fascinated by Optometry. The thing is, I don't think I'd ever meet the AAA entry requirements for Cardiff or Aston. Would it be possible to apply for an Optometry degree with a preliminary/foundation year with two sciences at A level or would I get rejected?
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    (Original post by AndrewKn0x)
    Hello!
    I'm about to start my AS Levels in September and I've always been fascinated by Optometry. The thing is, I don't think I'd ever meet the AAA entry requirements for Cardiff or Aston. Would it be possible to apply for an Optometry degree with a preliminary/foundation year with two sciences at A level or would I get rejected?
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    Why do you not think you would meet the AAA entry requirements? I'm sure you will if you put some hard work in!
    Firstly, two sciences are more than enough. I strongly urge you to take an easy third subject if you're doing this though (psychology maybe?) as it will make your life a lot easier!

    Secondly, you can still apply for universities with high entry requirements even if your AS grades do not entirely match up-I achieved ABCC in my AS year and managed to secure an offer for AAB-AAA at University of Birmingham for Pharmacy with my predicted grades being ABC.

    Finally- clearing and adjustment. If all else fails, this is your HG. I managed to bring my AS grades up this year and went through adjustment for optometry. I've confirmed city university, but I did get a place at Aston and many others as well- and from calling them I realised that they were taking in people with grades as low as BBB! (that was their minimum)

    At the end of the day, the universities need you as well. They will want to fill up their courses, so I strongly advise you to just keep positive and not give up

    Even if your grades aren't good enough, I think taking a year out and retaking exams would be a better option than doing a foundation year as you'll be saving on the £9000 university fee and could also maybe do some part time work alongside? Anyway- hope this helped!
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    I was looking at optometry as a possible career path and I was wondering what kind of environment will I be working in. For example would it always be a hospital environment?
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    (Original post by GXO)
    Why do you not think you would meet the AAA entry requirements? I'm sure you will if you put some hard work in!
    Firstly, two sciences are more than enough. I strongly urge you to take an easy third subject if you're doing this though (psychology maybe?) as it will make your life a lot easier!

    Secondly, you can still apply for universities with high entry requirements even if your AS grades do not entirely match up-I achieved ABCC in my AS year and managed to secure an offer for AAB-AAA at University of Birmingham for Pharmacy with my predicted grades being ABC.

    Finally- clearing and adjustment. If all else fails, this is your HG. I managed to bring my AS grades up this year and went through adjustment for optometry. I've confirmed city university, but I did get a place at Aston and many others as well- and from calling them I realised that they were taking in people with grades as low as BBB! (that was their minimum)

    At the end of the day, the universities need you as well. They will want to fill up their courses, so I strongly advise you to just keep positive and not give up

    Even if your grades aren't good enough, I think taking a year out and retaking exams would be a better option than doing a foundation year as you'll be saving on the £9000 university fee and could also maybe do some part time work alongside? Anyway- hope this helped!
    Hello! Thank you for writing this. I'll be doing Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and IT for AS and planning to drop Psych. so I'll hopefully be doing Biology, Chemistry and IT for A2. If I drop Chemistry, I'll do Psychology instead. I'm sure it is possible to get AAA and I am a hard worker - I'm losing faith in myself lol. Wow! Those were high grades as well, your personal statement must've impressed them! What university was accepting BBB? I've heard Aston do, but I'd preferably like to go to Cardiff as I live in Wales and I'll be able to get grants etc. Are you doing optometry now? Where are you studying and what grades did you achieve? Thanks!
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    (Original post by funkymonster)
    I was looking at optometry as a possible career path and I was wondering what kind of environment will I be working in. For example would it always be a hospital environment?
    Personally, I would definitely prefer to work in a hospital. I think it would be more exciting and you'd have a lot more interesting cases/eye illnesses to deal with. Plus you can specialise in a certain area.
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    (Original post by AndrewKn0x)
    Hello! Thank you for writing this. I'll be doing Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and IT for AS and planning to drop Psych. so I'll hopefully be doing Biology, Chemistry and IT for A2. If I drop Chemistry, I'll do Psychology instead. I'm sure it is possible to get AAA and I am a hard worker - I'm losing faith in myself lol. Wow! Those were high grades as well, your personal statement must've impressed them! What university was accepting BBB? I've heard Aston do, but I'd preferably like to go to Cardiff as I live in Wales and I'll be able to get grants etc. Are you doing optometry now? Where are you studying and what grades did you achieve? Thanks!
    Hey no worries Oh I thought you couldn't drop subjects anymore as A levels are becoming linear? Aston was advertising their places on twitter for as low as BBB- not sure about the others, and yeah I'm going into my first year of optometry this Sept at City university in London. I live in London so it's great because I can commute. I got A*AB in Biology Chemistry and Math respectively. Not the best but it got me into optom!
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    (Original post by funkymonster)
    I was looking at optometry as a possible career path and I was wondering what kind of environment will I be working in. For example would it always be a hospital environment?
    A Hopsital environment is only an option. You could also work in community opticians- e.g specsavers or your own practice if you're interested in the business side of things.

    Other options include things like teaching in universities or helping industrial companies with the medical side of things.
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    (Original post by GXO)
    Hey no worries Oh I thought you couldn't drop subjects anymore as A levels are becoming linear? Aston was advertising their places on twitter for as low as BBB- not sure about the others, and yeah I'm going into my first year of optometry this Sept at City university in London. I live in London so it's great because I can commute. I got A*AB in Biology Chemistry and Math respectively. Not the best but it got me into optom!
    Those grades are great! How on earth you got A* and an A in Biology and Chemistry is beyond me lol. I've heard they're difficult. I got A*'s in them at GCSE and I'm starting AS in September so hopefully I'll be fine. How long before did you start revising for your exams?
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    A great career, I'm starting optometry this year.
    If you can change your subjects I would advise picking up maths or physics instead of psyc.

    Unfortunately the market is becoming saturated in this country and the salaries have dropped over the years, but still can do pretty well as a business owner.

    As said before many unis had quite low boundaries in clearing this year such as BBB so don't worry too much.

    I'd highly recommend getting some work experience done so you can see if you'll enjoy it.
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    I won't be taking maths or physics up because I got a C in GCSE maths and my school requires at least a B to do maths or physics at A-Level, plus I don't really enjoy them. I've heard there is a lot of maths and physics in optometry, so judging by the fact I didn't do them at A Level, would you recommend the foundation year? Or would I be ok?
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    Foundation year? I'm not sure what you mean but there is a ophthalmic dispensing which there is several qualifications available . Degree, foundation degree and diploma all which allow access to optometry.
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    (Original post by Rajy9)
    Foundation year? I'm not sure what you mean but there is a ophthalmic dispensing which there is several qualifications available . Degree, foundation degree and diploma all which allow access to optometry.
    I meant do the three year optometry degree with a foundation year.
 
 
 
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