Our three year BSc Optometry course with integrated clinical experience throughout, has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the practice of optometry and is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC).
Optometrists are professional clinicians responsible for many aspects of vision care, trained to examine the eyes for optical defects and to detect visual system diseases that may originate in the eye, brain or elsewhere in the body. Their training includes fitting and supplying spectacles, contact lenses and other optical devices.
As an optometry student you will gain a broad scientific education and specialist professional training, as well as receiving hands-on clinical experience throughout all years of the course. Our unique virtual patient simulators will help you to develop initial clinical skills, and then later encounter real patients in our fully functioning Optometry clinics. You will provide patients with a full range of eye care services under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians.
As one of the UK's leading optometry courses, we are regularly targeted by the major high street optometry chains and other companies that offer pre-registration posts. Our graduates enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice, private practice, the optical industry, optometry research, and roles outside healthcare. Some undertake postgraduate courses.
Key course benefits:
- Regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC) and is the first step towards becoming a qualified clinician
- You will attend a series of observation sessions in local hospital eye departments, a specialist low vision centre, and our day hospital Optegra (refractive surgery hospital)
- Have patient contact through our public optometry clinic
- Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics at Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide, 2019)
- Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics at Aston is ranked 3rd in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)
- Subjects Allied to Medicine at Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2017 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide
- Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £12,500 (51%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2017)
- Students who achieve an overall average mark of at least 50% at the end of Year 3 can choose to continue with further study, leading to an MOptom qualification.
Develop your knowledge of the basic scientific principles that underpin optometry and optometric clinical skills.
Understand the intricate biological links between eye and brain; develop your ability to perform a full eye examination routine and gain skills in contact lens fitting, optical instrumentation and research methods.
Acquire further knowledge and skills and work alongside our scientists on a research study. Use virtual patient simulators and see real patients in our public service clinic and in local hospital eye departments.
For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.
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Aston uni is right in the heart of Birmingham, which is amazing as all the facilities and the big city are right on our doorstep. The lectures are really informative and interesting, and the staff make a big effort to give you practical experience on top of the theoretical content, which is perfect. They also offer paid placement years on top of your degree, so you can get vital on the job experience that looks really great on your CV. The employability services in the SU are really dedicated and have loads of great opportunities too.
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