Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code B520
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Orthoptics

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Admissions Secretary
Academic Unit of Opthalmology and Orthoptics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5540
Email orth-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/medicine/orthoptics

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Course description

The first year gives you the scientific background you need to understand the normal eye, together with an introduction to optics (the behaviour of light) and binocular vision.

The second and third years develop this understanding, and explore ocular abnormalities and disease states. You'll also study topics related to the profession, such as medical ethics and the organisation and structure of the NHS. In the third year, you'll carry out your own research project on a topic of your choice.

Clinical work
The course includes 33 weeks on placement. You'll work in orthoptic departments across the country. Over the three years, you'll work in a variety of hospitals, community clinics, child development centres and schools for children with special needs. This gives you the comprehensive clinical experience you need to start your career. Your final year includes a two-week clinical placement in an orthoptic department of your choice.

Mature students
We will consider alternative qualifications. Applicants who hold previous degrees in science subjects will be considered if they have a minimum classification of 2:1. Please contact us for further details.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB including one of Biology/Human Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics + interview. Biology is preferred, but not essential
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC including B in one of Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics + grade B in EPQ in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 32, 6 in either Higher Level Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics + interview. Biology is preferred, but not essential
BTEC DD in Applied Science + grade B in A Level Biology or Maths + interview
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 including one of Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics + interview. Biology preferred, but not essential
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher BBBBB with grade B in either Biology, Maths, Chemistry or Physics. Biology is preferred, but not essential + interview
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+BB including one of Biology/Human Biology, Maths, Chemistry & Physics + interview. Biology is preferred, but not essential
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
    Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
  • GCSE Maths and English Language grade 6 or grade B and GCSE Science grade 4 or grade C
  • Applicants re-sitting A Levels are expected to achieve ABB
  • All applicants will be interviewed
  • A Level General Studies is not accepted
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

The Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics is a vibrant teaching and research active department. We're dedicated to nurturing students' talents and upholding the core values of the NHS in supporting the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. Our practical teaching facilities and research labs are excellently equipped to perform laboratory and clinical based research.

Department of Oncology and Metabolism website

What our graduates do

Orthoptists work with patients of all ages - they play a key role in the hospital eye service and are also involved in community health.

Orthoptists frequently work with other health professionals such as ophthalmologists, optometrists, paediatricians and neurologists. Our graduates go to work in orthoptic clinics in hospitals, health centres and schools for children with special needs. Others go on to postgraduate research in orthoptics and related fields. The degree is recognised worldwide.

Student profile


"I chose to study orthoptics because I definitely wanted to do something in healthcare. It is such a versatile course: the placements you go on, the types patients that you see of all ages. I thought it was really interesting."

Emma Smyth
Ophthalmology and Orthoptics

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Admissions Secretary
Academic Unit of Opthalmology and Orthoptics
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5540
Email orth-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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University open days
There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

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Department open days
If we consider offering you a place, we'll invite you to an interview day, usually between December and March. This day will include interviews conducted by academic staff, an opportunity to meet current students and staff and a tour of our facilities. An awareness and commitment to the core values of the NHS will form part of the assessment on the interview day.

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