Orthoptics degree: Entry requirements

We consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Once we receive your application form from UCAS, we aim to make a decision promptly. We will offer all applicants a place that we judge have suitable qualifications; some experience dealing with people (especially vulnerable people such as children, the elderly and people with disabilities); demonstrate some knowledge of what orthoptics entails; and thus would be likely to successfully complete the orthoptic degree.

During the 3 years of study 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.

The typical qualifications required are listed below.

GCSE: All applicants must have Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject at grade C or 4 or above, or the equivalent.

A level: The entry requirements are BBB at A-level and must include one of Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry. General studies are not accepted. Applicants resitting A-levels will be required to achieve grade ABB.

Alternative qualifications:
Typical offers are as follows:

  • Scottish Highers: AABBB with grade A in either Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Biology is preferred but not essential.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - B1,B1,B1,B1 including one of Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry. Biology is preferred but not essential.
  • International Baccalaureate: 32 points, 6 in either higher level Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics.Biology is preferred.
  • BTEC: DD in Applied Science + grade B in A level Biology or Mathematics (preferred) plus interview, OR DDD in BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 in Applied Science plus interview.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science: 60 credits overall with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits to include units in Biology and Mathematics, and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits and interview.
  • Foundation Year courses from other Universities: 70% overall from acceptable courses in Science with no less than 60% in all modules.
  • Bachelor degree in a relevant subject area with a 2.1 classification.

Please note that your most recent academic qualification must have been awarded within the last five years.

We also consider applications from candidates with other qualifications such as Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development in combination with an Additional or Specialist Learning (ASL) component in a Science subject (Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry), AQA Baccalaureate or Cambridge Pre-U qualifications.  For further information see www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/countries

Access+:  Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to give your application additional consideration when we receive it and when exam results are released. If we offer you a place, we may also be able to make you an alternative offer lower than our standard entry requirements for your course. Further information about Access+ can be found at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/access

Mature students will be considered individually dependent upon their previous qualifications and relevant experience.  Alternatively the University of Sheffield offers a BMedSci Orthoptics with 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 Medical School.

English Language Qualification: Applicants who have studied in countries other than United Kingdom and Ireland will be required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

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