Orthoptics BSc (Hons)

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School of Health Sciences

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The integration of the School within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences puts it at the forefront of developments in the education of health care professionals and research in health care practice. The School aims to improve patient care by:

  • Providing and promoting high quality multi-professional education to produce safe and effective health care practitioners
  • Conducting high-class research and disseminating the results of that research.

We provide undergraduate education for Nursing and Healthcare Professions: Diagnostic Radiography, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics, Physiotherapy and Radiotherapy. In addition, we offer a Foundation to Health and Veterinary Studies (Year Zero) programme, widening access to people without the traditional academic qualifications but who have substantial related experience to programmes in Health Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

Our programmes offer a mix of profession specific and shared inter-professional modules.

Which degree

If you are interested in diagnosing diseases using the very latest technology and medical imaging techniques, then you should choose a degree in Diagnostic Radiography. If you wish to pursue a career in the use of occupation as a therapeutic medium, then a degree in Occupational Therapy will suit you. Those keen to apply scientific knowledge of the eye and brain to clinical care, investigate the intricacies of the human visual system should follow the Orthoptics programme. If you are drawn to a career in primary care and hospitals, you might consider a degree in Nursing. If you want to focus on rehabilitation of physical problems associated with accidents, illness or aging, then Physiotherapy may be for you. To use your technical skills and caring nature to fight cancer and make a genuine difference to cancer patients then choose Radiotherapy.

Jordan Pitt

Jordan Pitt

Orthoptics BSc (Hons)

I knew the degree I wanted to do, so it was really a choice of which university would be best for me. I chose Liverpool as it offered a great sense of community and care.

Since then, it has really exceeded all my expectations. We have clinical skills sessions where we get together in small groups and we do what we would do if we were in practice, which is really, really valuable. It gets us to think in different ways, to understand what is actually involved; we don’t just sit in a lecture theatre! The things we have covered have helped me become a more rounded person and clinician. We are taught to understand about the psychology of our patients, I think that is the best thing for us. Also, the pastoral care side of things is really big plus at Liverpool.

Ultimately, I think studying Orthoptics at Liverpool will lead to a job in a hospital and I think the degree has really helped to push towards this.

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