Orthoptics BSc (Hons)

Key information


Career prospects

As a graduate of the School of Health Sciences you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 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.

A recent National Student Survey awarded the Directorate of Orthoptics and Vision Science a rating of 100% for student satisfaction. Orthoptic graduates are eligible to apply for statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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. Overall, this programme offers graduates a rewarding career as an autonomous practitioner and part of the health care team with an excellent record of graduate employment.

Qualifying you for life

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.