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Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions (Orthoptics) (Year 0)

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The deadline for UK students to apply for this course for entry in 2022 was 26 January 2022.

However, applications may still be accepted. Places are subject to availability and not all courses acecpt late applications. See the UCAS guidance on application deadlines for more information.

The deadline for international students was 30 June 2022.

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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions (Orthoptics) (Year 0) P0HG
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 26 September 2022

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Course overview

A year zero foundation programme, designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications, which leads to access onto an Orthoptics BSc programme.

Introduction

The University of Liverpool, in collaboration with local FE partners, has developed a year zero foundation programme for Home/EU students that leads to access onto a variety of vocational Health Studies programmes. Our Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions (Orthoptics) course is for students seeking entry to undertake the Orthoptics BSc (B520) programme.

Students seeking entry to Orthoptics will study a foundation year (year zero) at Carmel College, St Helens, about nine miles from the university campus, where the class sizes are small and the standards of academic achievement high.

This programme is specifically targeted at Home/EU mature and non-traditional students, who typically have taken a break from studies.

Please note that we will not consider applications from prospective students who have multiple UCAS applications for a variety of programmes, as this does not demonstrate a clear commitment.

For further information on how to apply to this programme please contact: shs@liverpool.ac.uk.

 

What you'll learn

  • Skills needed for independent study at undergraduate degree level
  • Undertaking a variety of learning methods and assessment tasks
  • A breadth of patient-focused practical experience in a region with a particularly diverse population
  • Skills to diagnose and manage conditions which may present in a range of patients
  • The fundamentals of the nervous system, neuro-anatomy and physiology, and where it relates to the practice of orthoptics

Routes

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year zero

In all modules at year zero, the study skills needed for independent study at undergraduate degree level are developed. Students are also introduced to a variety of learning methods, such as formal taught sessions, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, as well as a variety of assessment tasks, such as written assignments, in class data handling, written and practical examinations to provide a good grounding for vocational programmes.

There are some shared modules for all students, and then route specific modules to ensure the students are prepared for their chosen undergraduate programmes.

Compulsory modules

BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH STUDIES 1 (HEAL001)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 1

This first semester module is designed to provide the knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body. This component is delivered by a hybrid blended approach with some small group e-lectures as well as on-site tutorials to include laboratory work which develops practical skills relevant to the biological sciences and promotes independent learning strategies. The module is assessed by continuous coursework based on the practical laboratory skills and an end of semester multiple choice examination to assess knowledge of structure and function.

BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH STUDIES 2 (HEAL002)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 2

This second semester module is designed to provide the knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the human body. This component is delivered by lectures, practical laboratory sessions supported by tutorial support. . If COVID restrictions are still in place a hybrid blended approach will be used, utilising lectures/e-lectures and on-site practical laboratory sessions supported by tutorial/e-tutorial support. Independent learning strategies are further refined. The module is assessed by an assisgnment and an end of semester multiple choice examination which also includes short answer questions to assess knowledge of structure and function. The MCQ examination will be presented electronically through the VITAL platform.

MATHS FOR HEALTH STUDIES 1 (HEAL003)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 1

This first semester module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical concepts which underpin the biology and health studies modules covered in the foundation year. The module is delivered through a 50/50 hybrid blended approach using lectures/e-lectures, small group tutorials on-site and on-line using a suitable platform such as Zoom, and on-site practical sessions to develop problem solving abilities. This module is assessed by a one hour unseen paper this will be delivered electronically though VITAL.

MATHS FOR HEALTH STUDIES 2 (HEAL004)

Credits: 7.5 / Semester: semester 2

This second semester module will continue to develop the knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical concepts which underpin the biology and health studies modules covered in this foundation programme. It will be delivered through interactive and practical sessions where knowledge gained will be applied. If COVID restrictions are still in place then a hybrid blended approach using e-lectures and e-tutorials as well as on-site small group work will be implemented. Self assessment exercises will encourage the student to analyse their progress and identify any areas of concern. This module is assessed by a 1 hour, unseen examination paper which will be delivered electronically through VITAL.

FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (HEAL005)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is delivered over both semester one and semester two. It is particularly well designed to equip the student with the necessary study and communication skills and knowledge of the health and social care environment to prepare them to take an undergraduate degree in one of the health care professions. It is delivered through interactive lectures, small group discussions and practical sessions. . During semester 1 a hybrid blended approach will be adopted for delivery to include e-Lectures/on-site small group teaching; e-Tutorials and on-site small group practical activities. This model will be extended into semester 2 if needed following COVID guidelines.
It is assessed by a portfolio and short essays whereby the student will demonstrate how they have achieved the module learning outcomes. A formative assessment is in place at the end of semester one to ensure a student has feedback on their work to assist with completion of the portfolio at the end of semester two.

APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY FOR HEALTH STUDIES (HEAL006)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 1

This first semester module focuses on the use of psychological principles to address the problems of everyday life. As a future health professional, this understanding will inform students’ future interactions with clients (service users/patients) to support the development of a therapeutic relationship. HEAL006 will introduce students to basic psychological principles and research methods in preparation for undergraduate study in healthcare professions. . It will be delivered at Birkenhead Sixth Form College through a hybrid blended approach to include interactive on-site lectures/e-lectures which introduce the student to the selected psychological approaches; on-site small group seminars which allow students to discuss these theories and how they could be applied and tutorials/e-tutorials to introduce research methods. This module is assessed by two elements, an MCQ and a wriiten assignment. An MCQ will be taken in week 11 and marked electronically through the on-line VITAL platform  and a written assignment submitted at the end of semester 1.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES (HEAL007)

Credits: 22.5 / Semester: semester 2

This second semester module incorporates the essential information to help provide knowledge of the practical and social aspects of health and social care provided to clients. The module is eclectic in nature, covering a wide variety of interrelated topics. It is delivered through interactive lectures and small group discussion sessions. If COVID restrictions are still in place during semester 2 then a hybrid blended teaching approach will be adopted using a mixture of on-site lectures and e-Lectures; small group tutorials on site and on-line with small group practical tasks on-site. Students will deliver a health promotional campaign within their college and use this as a focus for their assignment.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

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Your experience

The School of Health Sciences draws on over 100 years of teaching delivered by dedicated staff with real-world, practical experience. We are a hub for an extensive network of professionals, academics and researchers, so you can be confident that a degree from us will prepare you for a lifelong career in healthcare services.

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Careers and employability

As a graduate of the School of Health Sciences you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can look forward to a career in the National Health Service, Social Services or the private sector.

You will have gained a qualification that meets the Government’s criteria for ‘fitness for purpose’ and ‘fitness for practice’ as well as developing transferable skills such as communication, information technology, problem solving and teamwork.

Most graduates choose to work in the National Health Service as an orthoptist in an eye care team. However, there are opportunities to progress within your role as an orthoptist in a number of additional extended roles and advanced practice such as stroke, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and special educational needs. There may also be opportunities to work in a private clinic or even abroad due to the international high recognition of the qualification.

99% of health sciences students from the University of Liverpool find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Students will develop skills including:

  • Information gathering and analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Communication (written and oral)
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology
  • Working with others
  • Time management
  • Self-directed learning.

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Also applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland
Foundation year fee £5,140
International fees
This course is not available to international students.

Following the foundation years, standard course fees apply.

Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

Clinical Entry Requirements

Please view the 2022 Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions entry criteria.

Applicants should normally be considered ineligible for direct entry to the BSc route.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

This programme is designed for mature students who have typically been out of formal education for some time or who have taken non-traditional qualifications.

Please note that we will not consider A-Level students or School Leavers. However, consideration may be given to candidates who studied some time ago.

In order to give all applicants an equal opportunity, applicants who have been rejected following an interview will not normally be considered again.

GCSE 3 GCSEs at a minimum grade 4 (C) to include Maths; English Language; Science (single; dual; combined). Applied GCSE Science will not be accepted.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Students currently studying BTEC level 3 will not be considered; BTEC level 2 will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE

International Baccalaureate

Applicants currently studying for International Baccalaureate will not be considered

Irish Leaving Certificate Applicants currently studying for Irish Leaving Certificate will not be considered
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Applicants currently studying for Scottish Highers will not be considered

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Applicants currently studying for Welsh Baccalaureate will not be considered
Graduate application

Applicants with a previous degree but do not meet criteria for direct entry to the degree programme will be considered if they are returning to education following a break.

Access Applicants currently studying for an Access Diploma will not be considered. Mature students who have taken alternative routes with a range of qualifications will be looked at on an individual basis.
Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

Evidence of a clinical visit is highly recommended but not compulsory.

Declaration of criminal background

Applicants may be expected to complete either a Declaration of Criminal Background or have a full Disclosure Barring Service check as part of their application.

Disability information

Additional support is given to students who have declared a disability on their UCAS application.

Work Experience Requirements

Applicants with relevant work based qualifications will be considered. However, there will be no concession on number of GCSEs or grades/ topics.

International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our direct entry requirements. Although there is no direct Foundation Certificate route to this course, completing a Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, can guarantee you a place on a number of similar courses which may interest you.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Foundation to Human and Animal Health Professions (Orthoptics) (Year 0)

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