BMedSci Orthoptics with Foundation year


Foundation Year

The foundation year of the programme provides people with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in The Academic Unit of Opthalmology and Orthoptics. The foundation year to this degree is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

The foundation year is taught within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed through offering accessible foundation courses that can lead to full and part-time degree level study. During this year, you'll be learning alongside other students who are studying for a number of different degrees, typically in small classes, supporting one another to develop and succeed.

Progression to The Academic Unit of Opthalmology and Orthoptics

Students will progress to the Academic Unit of Opthalmology and Orthoptics after completing their foundation year, subject to meeting progression thresholds which differ across courses and departments. These will be discussed with applicants at interview. These thresholds can also be found by searching for the relevant degree course within the University's Programme Regulations Finder and viewing information relating to 'Year 0'.

Find out more about the BMedSci Orthoptics degree.

Entry requirements

As well as meeting the standard Foundation Year eligibility requirements, applicants to this programme must hold a recent (within the last 5 years) GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English Language.

Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate relevant work or volunteering experience. We advise applicants to contact their local orthoptic department and request the opportunity to observe the work of an orthoptist, although we will also consider voluntary or paid work experience with children, the elderly, or people with disabilities.

During the 3 years of study (following the foundation year) students obtain clinical experience by going on block (usually 4 weeks) clinical placements at hospitals across the United Kingdom. Students must sign an entry agreement prior to commencing the degree that they are willing to go on placements chosen by the department anywhere in the UK.

Attendance and length of programme

Foundation Year: 1 year full-time within the Department for Lifelong Learning

Levels 1-3: 3 years full-time within the The Academic Unit of Opthalmology and Orthoptics

Learning and teaching methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

•Lectures and seminars
•Problem solving classes
•Field studies
•Independent study
•Skills and subject-based tutorials
•Group work
•On-line activities.
•Revision workshops
•Laboratory sessions

To apply for this course

For this full-time course, please apply through, using the course code: B521

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