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Get the skills you need to register as an optometrist. Our full-time Optometry degree is accredited by the General Optical Council. Study in Cambridge with lecturers who are professional optometrists, and get hands-on experience working with the public in our University Eye Clinic.
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.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
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
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Optometrists
Ocular Anatomy and Biochemistry
Geometrical, Physical and Visual Optics
Theoretical and Practical Ophthalmic Lenses
Clinical Optometry 1- Introduction to Practice
Year two, core modules
Clinical Optometry 2 -Skills for Optometric Practice
Monocular, Binocular and Paediatric Vision
Clinical Optometry 3 – Introduction to Professional Practice
Pharmacology and Pathology
Introduction to Ocular Disease
Year three, core modules
Undergraduate Major Project
Clinical Optometry 4 – Advanced Optometric Practice
Clinical Optometry 5 – Professional Practice
Optometry, Society and Environment
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
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, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.