Optometry BOptom (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)



Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE


Get the skills you need to register as an optometrist. You’ll be working alongside our lecturers, who are registered optometrists providing a vital service to the public in our campus eye clinic. Our course is accredited by the General Optical Council.

Full description


As an optometrist, you might have your own practice, work in a hospital, in the armed forces, become an academic or a researcher, or work in international optical companies.

To register fully with the General Optical Council, you’ll need to work for a year as a pre-registration optometrist under the supervision of a registered optometrist. Once you’ve passed the Council’s professional examinations, you’ll become a registered optometrist yourself.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

Year two, core modules

Year three, core modules


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment to measure your progress. Because our course is so practical, a lot of your assessment will be practical, too – including exams and clinical competence. You’ll also do written exams, problem-solving exercises, essays, presentations and data analysis.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students (per year)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

For international students studying optometry in the UK, the College of Optometrists can offer sponsorship after you graduate. This is so that you can remain in the UK to complete your pre-registration period and professional exams with the General Optical Council. Anglia Ruskin University itself does not provide sponsorship for this period.

If you’re a Canadian student wishing to register as an optometrist in Canada, you’ll need an appropriate degree from an accredited university in Canada or the USA (these are all postgraduate qualifications), OR a qualification from the UK which includes our optometry degree plus registration with the General Optical Council. However, in order to register with the Canadian authority, you’ll need either:

  • three complete academic years of full-time undergraduate university study before to entering an optometry school for a four-year optometry degree, plus further bridging courses in Canada, or
  • a four-year optometry degree followed by three years of optometric work experience outside Canada, plus further bridging courses in Canada.

Entry requirements are for September 2015 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

Get more information

UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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