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.
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Only a third of your teaching time will be spent in lectures. The rest of your learning will be hands-on, divided between practical demonstrations, clinical and lab sessions, and our eye clinic. You’ll also visit local hospital clinics to gain practical experience – plus, there’s the chance to get work experience in the community, spending time with charities like Cam Sight.
Our eye clinic has everything you’ll need to practise your optometry skills, including 15 fully equipped testing and research rooms. You’ll use specialist equipment such slitlamps, keratometers and optical coherence tomographers. And you’ll have access to facilities for assessing and supporting visually impaired people and testing visual stress and colour perception.
All our staff are trained or registered as optometrists or dispensing opticians, so you’ll be kept up-to-date with what’s going on in the professional world. You’ll also have guest lectures from ophthalmologists, orthoptists and optometrists working in laser eye clinics and their own practices.
Our course is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC), so when you graduate you’ll be able to register as a fully-qualified optometrist after completing a pre-registration, year-long clinical placement.
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.
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.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
PD ruler - £20
Pen torch - £10
Occluder - £14
Budgie stick - £10
Retinoscope and ophthalmoscope - £1,385
General Optical Council fees - £30
Optics Society membership - £5
Lab coat - £15
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – Enhanced check £44
Travel expenses for 14 hours of hospital experience: approximately £100
Estimated total over 3 years - £1,590
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bridging information for Canadian students
If you’re a Canadian student wishing to register as an optometrist in Canada you can follow one of the following pathways.
Current Canadian undergraduate degree holders:
Canadian high school leavers:
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
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.
Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (3 years)
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