Orthoptics BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B520
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 30 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Entry Requirements

Clinical Requirements

For details of full clinical and academic requirements for this course, please download BSc (Hons) Orthoptics 2018 Academic & Clinical Entry Criteria.

NHS Values will be assessed in all areas of an application including UCAS Personal Statement and at interview. For more details, please download our explanation of Value Based Recruitment.

A level offerGCE A2 Level at BBB from three A2 levels (or two A2 Levels and two AS Levels, however higher grades may be required). At least one of the following subjects must be offered as a full A-Level: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
Subject requirements5 GCSE subjects at grade A*-C. Subjects to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science.

Science Dual Award is acceptable.

Applied GCSEs will not be considered.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.

Where numerical grading has been introduced, English Language, Maths and Science GCSE will be required at Grade 5 or above.
BTEC Level 3 Extended DiplomaPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Accepted at a minimum of Distinction accompanied by 2 A levels at grade B (A levels must include one of the following: Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (120 Credits) in either Health and Social Care or Applied Science at Grade DD, PLUS 1 additional A Level at a minimum of Grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care will be considered at Grade DDD.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science will be considered at DDD.
International Baccalaureate30 points to include 3 Higher Level subjects at minimum of Grade 5. Biology must be offered at a minimum of Grade 6.
European Baccalaureate74% overall with a minimum mark of 8 in biology and no subject mark below 6.
Irish Leaving Certificate6 Higher Level subjects at grade H3 to include one of the following: Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry.
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherHighers: BBBBB (must include Biology, Physics, Maths or Chemistry).

Combination of Advanced Highers and Highers will be considered. A mixed presentation must include Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths at a minimum grade B. Advanced Highers must be in different subjects to those of Highers.
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedGrade BB at A level (must include one of the following: Maths, Biology, Physics or Chemistry), plus the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at Grade A.
Cambridge Pre-U DiplomaWill be considered.
AQA BaccalaureateWill be considered.
EU applicants

Residents of European Union countries, educated under a non-British system should present with qualifications which have a strong biological science component and which would admit them to a degree course at a University in their own country.


Translations of all educational certificates must be provided.


Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.

EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
Graduate applicationWe welcome applications from graduates holding a minimum of a 2:2 classification. If your degree is not science related, contact the admissions tutor direct. Experience in health care is also an advantage. The degree qualification should be supported by a sound academic background, with a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C, which should include English Language, Mathematics and Science.
AccessWe consider Access Courses to be suitable for adult learners who should generally have been out of education for at least 3 years and have had no access to higher education.

We do not consider Access Courses to be appropriate for students who have failed to achieve the necessary A2 Level grades.

Access courses via distance learning are not acceptable for entry on to this programme.

For details of full Access Course requirements please download Access Course requirements for Orthoptics.
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International entry for this course

IELTS

Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.

Profession-specific knowledge and skills required

Candidates must show evidence, in their UCAS Personal Statement, of a good understanding of the profession.  It is highly recommended that a candidate should observe a state registered Orthoptist, but where this is not possible a visit to a clinical department involving discussion with the Orthoptist is required.  The experience gained should be discussed in their UCAS Personal Statement, and the applicant must show evidence of a good understanding.

Candidates should be able to discuss in lay terms the conditions/examination procedures etc observed. They must also be aware of the differences between Orthoptics and Optometry.

Candidates should have experience of working with the general public and especially children, people with special needs and the elderly.

Careers conventions, information leaflets, and websites may also provide helpful background information.

Declaration of criminal background

You will understand that as a health sciences student, and when you qualify, you will be asked to treat children and other vulnerable people. We therefore need information about any criminal offences of which you may have been convicted, or with which you have been charged. The information you provide may later be checked with the police. Please complete the Declaration of Criminal Background form.

Health screening

The University and the School of Health Sciences has an obligation to undertake health screening on all prospective healthcare students. Any offer of a place to study is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University’s Occupational Health Service. This will include some obligatory immunisations and blood tests.

Disability information

If you have, or think you have dyslexia or a long term health condition or impairment that may have the potential to impact upon your studies and/or your Fitness to Practice duty, please complete the Disability form. We will contact you to discuss your support needs.

Important information

The academic profile, reference and personal statement of each candidate are given equal consideration. Due to the large number of applications it is advised that candidates ensure that they present with the strongest possible application.

Additional essential requirements

Additional requirements include:

  • Knowlegde/understanding of the profession
  • Evidence of care/compassion for others
  • Evidence of teamwork and personal achievement
  • Evidence of verbal/written communication skills

Please download Orthoptics entry criteria 2017 for full details.

Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science