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Orthoptist University Courses UK

Orthoptists diagnose and treat defects of vision and abnormalities of eye movement. As university places in the United Kingdom are limited, there are steady numbers of professionals graduating each year, which means less competition for jobs.

Currently, five university courses (3 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate) are accepting applicants to study Orthoptics.


Orthoptics (BMedSci) at Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is an internationally recognised research-focused Russell Group university. We have excellent Orthoptic teaching and clinical skills facilities, many of which are based inside the Medical School and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, placing you within a clinical teaching environment. We are committed to research-led teaching which will put you at the cutting edge of your discipline. The degree is recognised worldwide, allowing you to work across the world.

A-Level & GCSE requirements

A Level: BBB including one of Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.

GCSE: Grade C or 4 in Mathematics, English Language and Science.

BTEC requirements

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science will be considered at DDD.

Access to HE Diploma|credits overall in a relevant subjects, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit

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Orthoptics (BSc) at Liverpool

As a founding member of the Russell Group of research intensive universities, the University of Liverpool draws on over 100 years of teaching delivered by dedicated staff with real-world, practical experience and are a hub for an extensive network of professionals, academics and researchers. You can be confident that a degree from the School of Health Sciences will prepare you for a lifelong career making a difference in today’s multidiscipline, patient-focused healthcare services.

A-Level & GCSE requirements

A Level: BBB including one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. 

GCSE: 5x GCSE subjects at grade A*-C or grades 9-4. Subjects to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science

BTEC requirements

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied ScienceHealth and Social Care will be considered at.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate:Accepted at a minimum of 2 A-Levels at grade B (A levels must include one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma(120 Credits) in either Health and Social Care or Applied Science at Grade DD, PLUS 1 additional A Level at a minimum of Grade B.


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Orthoptics (BSc) at Glasgow

The programme at GCU involves learning alongside other healthcare trainees giving students a multidisciplinary experience throughout their four years of study. Orthoptics is suited to individuals interested in health care who enjoy working with people, particularly children and the elderly. Studying Orthoptics is interesting and challenging and employment opportunities are excellent. The qualification is recognised worldwide.

Scottish Higher, A-Level & GCSE requirements

Scottish Higher:entry requirement: BBBBC (incl English/essay-based subject and two Sciences or Maths and one Science)Nat 5: B (Maths); Nat 5: Physics recommended

A level: BBB (incl one Science)

GCSE: B/6 (Maths and English); GCSE: Physics recommended

BTEC and alternative requirements

BTEC: DDM Ext Dip (Science/Applied Science) GCSE: B/6 (English and Maths)

IB Diploma: 28 points (incl a HL Science and Maths at 6; Physics recommended)

ILC Higher: H2 H3 H3 H3 H3 (incl two Sciences, Maths and English; Physics recommended)


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Orthoptics (MSc) at Liverpool

This 2-year pre-registration MSc Orthoptic degree provides a programme of teaching and learning that integrates an academic and clinical learning experience, equipping students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practise as an orthoptist. Graduates from the programme will be critical thinkers, capable of challenging current clinical practice using an evidence-based approach and will contribute to improvements in orthoptic practice whilst providing excellent patient-centred care.

Entry criteria

We welcome applications from graduates . A range of disciplines will be considered, however a scientific background or clinical experience is advantageous. Applications will be considered on an individual basis, please contact the admissions tutor direct.  Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 6.5.

Studying at Liverpool

Our programme aligns with the University of Liverpool hallmarks of research connected teaching, active learning and authentic assessment. Each of the modules are designed to include content that is meaningful to your work as an orthoptist and is assessed in a way that reflects your work as an orthoptist.


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Orthoptics (MSc) in London

Entry Criteria

Applicants with a minimum 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant subject areas include: biological sciences, chemistry, nursing and psychology. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a group interview. UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is ranked the best place in the world to study ophthalmology (CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017). Our partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital represents the largest co-located site for eye research, education and care in the world. The UCL Orthoptics MSc was the UK’s first dedicated graduate-entry programme that enables students to qualify and practice as an accredited Orthoptist. During this 2-year, accelerated-learning programme, you will learn about paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus (ocular misalignment), ocular motility disorders and other eye and vision health issues and diseases from world-leading academics. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a mix of day and block clinical placements.

Life at UCL

Studying is an important part of your time at UCL but there’s lots of living to do as well. As an Orthoptics students, you will not only have access to all of UCL’s vast clubs, societies and facilities, but you’ll also be studying  in one of the world’s greatest capital cities, providing unparalleled access to a wealth of theatres, events, shops, restaurants and museums.


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Fees and funding

Student Loan

Students will have access to the standard student support system provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover the cost of their tuition fees and means tested support for living costs.

NHS Learning Support Fund

From September 2020 students studying Orthoptics will also be eligible to apply for the NHS LSF. If eligible, students may be able to get:

  • Training Grant of £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support of £2,000, if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs
  • money back for excess travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses) while you’re on your practice placement