Glasgow Caledonian University
Optometry (Direct Entry) BSc (Hons)
Glasgow Caledonian University

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 50 graduates of Optometry (Direct Entry) BSc (Hons) at Glasgow Caledonian University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Ophthalmics.

Overall student satisfaction
92 /100
50 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Ophthalmics

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Ophthalmics at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26000 £35500 £37000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £32000 £26500 - £39500 £24000 - £43000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Ophthalmics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19509 £30380 £30601
25-75 percentile range £17920 - £24369 £20878 - £37050 £19887 - £39184

Course Description

We are currently only accepting applications for year two or year three entry. If you wish to apply for year one please consider our new five-year Masters in Optometry with Independent Prescribing (UCAS code B515). Optometrists are eye-care professionals who detect sight problems and prescribe and fit glasses, contact lenses and other visual aids. Optometrists also detect and manage a variety of eye conditions such as glaucoma. Accredited by the General Optical Council, GCU offers a high-quality clinical education that is highly rated by students. Clinical training takes place in our purpose-built on-campus Eye Clinic. Open to the public, it offers contact lens fitting, orthoptics, dispensing, low vision, myopia control, infant and learning disability clinics. Employment prospects for graduates in Optometry are excellent and our graduates are highly rated by employers throughout the UK. Optometrists can continue their career development through various postgraduate schemes. These include training towards qualifications for Independent Prescribing and a range of specialist skills. We have an optometry clinic on campus and almost all clinical teaching takes place on campus. The only exceptions to this are 4 half day hospital sessions, all of which are within commuting distance of Glasgow city centre (and some of which may be scheduled on the same day i.e. 2 half day sessions on the same day in the same hospital).

Accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC).

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Optometry (Direct Entry) BSc (Hons) at Glasgow Caledonian University

95% Information Technology Professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7

IELTS of overall 7.0 with 7.0 in speaking and no other element below 6.5

IELTS (Academic) 7

IELTS of overall 7.0 with 7.0 in speaking and no other element below 6.5

The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Optometry (Direct Entry), BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Optometry (Direct Entry) BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
EU £14500 year 1
International £14500 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
EU £15200 year 1
International £15200 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of Glasgow Caledonian University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a publicly funded and reputable higher education institution within Scotland, and even in a global context. Times Higher Education consistently ranks this university among the Top 1000 universities in the world, for their state-of-the-art facilities, research excellence, and experienced teaching staff. The main campus is located in the heart of Glasgow city centre, making life easy for students whenever they need to catch a bus or a train. Social opportunities are also abundant due to the campus’ location - some favourite hangouts among students include The Garage, Shack, and Sauchihall Street.

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