A career in optometry puts graduates at the forefront of modern healthcare delivery. It is much more than a job – it is a lifelong career in which optometrists can develop their skills and interests within a range of specialisms. Our 'Introduction to Optometry' programme is offered as a one-year full-time programme of study. The programme provides a thorough education in the core subjects required to study Optometry at BSc level, as well as an introduction to clinical and professional optometric practice. Our Introduction to Optometry programme provides students an alternative entry route into Optometry BSc at City, University of London. The programme will incorporate a variety of teaching methods, encouraging independent learning and equipping students with the skills required for success on an undergraduate degree.
Successful completion of the 'Introduction to Optometry' programme will result in Certificate in Higher education in 'Introduction to Optometry' [European Qualifications Framework level 4]. In addition, we guarantee progression to BSc Optometry at City, University of London (Programme Stage 1) subject to achieving >65% overall with no failed modules AND meeting the entry requirements for Optometry BSc regarding satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will apply to Optometry BSc via UCAS.
Core modules on the Introduction to Optometry programme include 'Introductory Biological Sciences', 'Optometric Physics', 'Quantitative Methods' and 'Introduction to Clinical Skills'. In 'Introductory Biological Sciences' you will learn about the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to ocular disease. During 'Optometric Physics' you will develop a basic knowledge of the optics of vision. In 'Quantitative Methods' you will be provided with the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing. In 'The Introduction to Clinical Skills' module you will be introduced to the principles of some optometric instruments and techniques.
Core modules on the Introduction to Optometry programme include
- Introductory Biological Sciences
- Optometric Physics
- Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Clinical Skills.
In 'Introductory Biological Sciences' students learn about the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology of tissues and organs of the body related to ocular disease. During 'Optometric Physics' basic knowledge of the optics of vision are developed. In 'Quantitative Methods' students are provided with the quantitative analytical skills required to deal with applied optical calculations, as well as training in experimental method and analysis and scientific report writing. In 'The Introduction to Clinical Skills' module we introduce students to the principles of some optometric instruments and techniques.
Assessment on the Introduction to Optometry programme is through a variety of methods which include: Closed book summative examinations, laboratory/clinic based coursework, practical examinations (including formative assessments), MCQ and short answer formative tests, and assessment of reports. Theory examinations are utilised to ensure the core biological, mathematical and physics concepts are understood and allow demonstratation of scientific knowledge. Practical assessment allows students to demonstrate ability to assess vision and visual acuity and also basic investigative techniques and the knowledge of the basic anatomy of the external eye. Coursework assessment permits students to spend time on compiling work, reflecting on the application of their studies and putting knowledge into context.
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