BMedSci Orthoptics with Foundation Year

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To study this course you will need to apply through UCAS.

UCAS code: B521

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Foundation year

The foundation year of the programme provides students with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the Health Sciences School. On successful completion of the foundation year, students will progress to BMedSci 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. You will study 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 at degree-level study.


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.


Programme details

Modules

Over the course of your foundation year you will study a variety of modules that equate to the value of 120 credits. You can check the foundation year programme structure for more information on these modules.

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

Programme length

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

Levels 1-3: Three years full-time within Health Sciences School.


Progression to Health Sciences School

Students will progress to the Health Sciences School 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'.

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