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I have done a L3 BTEC in engineering which I regret doing. I have applied through UCAS to courses for Mechanical Engineering but to be honest, I feel like I'm doing it because I have to. I don't really have an interest in engineering and don't know what to do. I would like to go into optometry but don't know how I can get to that from engineering. What are my options to achieve this? Any advice or guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.
An Optometry degree requires science A levels, and relevant work experience. Even where a Uni will accept a BTEC Extended Diploma, they will want Applied Sciences not Engineering, and often an additional science A level.

However - Huddersfield, as one example, has a Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree (hud.ac.uk) as a Foundation style year that then leads to the full degree course for those without the 'right qualifications'. Plymouth offers something similar. There are also Optical Assistant Apprenticeship - Join Specsavers UK & Ireland which might be a sensible way to see if this career area is for you before committing to an extended 5-year degree program.
Original post by user8420
I have done a L3 BTEC in engineering which I regret doing. I have applied through UCAS to courses for Mechanical Engineering but to be honest, I feel like I'm doing it because I have to. I don't really have an interest in engineering and don't know what to do. I would like to go into optometry but don't know how I can get to that from engineering. What are my options to achieve this? Any advice or guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.

Have you checked the entry requirements for MOptom degrees? It's usually a requirement and a start to getting into the profession.

See the following for the job profile:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/optometrist#qualifications
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/medical/job-profile/optometrist
https://www.college-optometrists.org/qualifying/a-career-in-optometry/qualifying-as-an-optometrist
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/optometrist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/wider-healthcare-team/roles-wider-healthcare-team/clinical-support-staff/optometrist
https://www.life-pilot.co.uk/job-sectors/medical/job-profile/optometrist

The list of approved MOptom degrees are on the following page (it has to be from one of these courses if you want to act as an optometrist in the UK):
https://optical.org/en/education-and-cpd/education/what-to-study-and-where/

The following accept BTECs, but they also seem to require additional A Levels, with at least 2 in sciences:
https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/optometry-moptom
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/master-of-optometry-with-preliminary-year-5-year
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/master-of-optometry
https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/undergraduate/optometry#accordion502079-header2
https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/foundation/introduction-to-optometry#accordion502079-header2
https://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate-moptom-optometry-glasgow#entry-requirements
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/moptom-optometry (you would need to check on this)
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/moptom-optometry-with-integrated-foundation-year (you would need to check on this)
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/2024/21273/msci-optometry/entry-requirements/#alternative-entry-requirements
https://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/moptom-master-of-optometry
https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/B511/optometry#entry

If you do decide to do further A Levels, I recommend doing Maths where possible as it's cheaper than doing the sciences with practical assessment. If you do decide to do a science, check to see if the entry requirements specifically require the practical assessment; if you don't, you might be able to get away with just doing the exams.

If applying through BTEC is not viable, then consider looking at Access courses with at least 15 credits in at least 2 of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. The standard science or healthcare Access courses tend to more than meet the entry requirements for universities that do accept them.

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