Glasgow Caledonian University
Orthoptics BSc (Hons)
Glasgow Caledonian University

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 10 graduates of Orthoptics 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
10 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

Orthoptics is a small, highly specialised branch of eye care. Orthoptists largely work in the NHS within the acute hospital setting or within community health care. The correction of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (squint) makes up the majority of their work with children.

Orthoptists also work in the care and management of patients with conditions that include brain injury, diabetes, stroke, low vision and glaucoma.

They work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists as well as a wide range of other professionals such as maxillo facial surgeons, neurologists and contribute to multidisciplinary teams.

If you are interested in health care, people and particularly children then Orthoptics may be the perfect career for you.

The programme involves learning with other health care professionals and students should receive a truly multidisciplinary experience throughout their four years of study.

On successful completion of the degree students can be registered with the Health Professions Council . They can also apply to become members of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.

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 Orthoptics BSc (Hons) at Glasgow Caledonian University

85% Elementary occupations
10% Engineering professionals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

HNC in Care and Administrative Practice or Applied Science with B required in graded unit for entry to Year 1 Sufficient science and discursive subjects and a strong academic profile to be competitive. English and Maths at least at National 5 Grade B.

Scottish Higher qualifications are considered on an individual basis

Including a relevant subject/science @ C or above (80 UCAS tariff points)

M in T Level Health, Healthcare Science, or Science.

Access to HE Diploma

Including one in a relevant subject/science (90 UCAS tariff points)

SWAP Access to Science & Technology/Ophthalmics – 70% overall (Distinction) or ABB pass, at first attempt. With 70% in Physics Module SWAP Access to Engineering – 70% overall (Distinction) or ABB pass, at first attempt considered and it is very advantageous to complete the additional Higher Biology unit. ABDO qualification Academic IELTS of 7.0 with no other element below 6.5 or Higher English at A or Higher ESOL at A

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7

IELTS of overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element

IELTS (Academic) 7

IELTS of overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each element

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 Orthoptics, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Costs

Tuition Fees Orthoptics 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 1 (Default entry point)

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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