An optometrist is an eye specialist who is trained in performing eye examinations and detecting defects in the eye such as infections, vision problems, injury and general health. Those students wishing to become an optometrist will need to undertake an optometry degree.
Entry requirements to an optometry degree will vary depending on the institution you are applying to and there are a limited amount of institutions that offer this degree. The best universities for health related degrees that also provide optometry degrees are Aston University, University of Portsmouth, Cardiff University, The University of Manchester and Anglia Ruskin University. To gain entrance to one of these degree programs, students must have gained three A Level grades AAA – AAB with at least two of the grades being in science related subjects (biology, physics, chemistry or mathematics).
You are advised to contact the institution you are applying to for a full breakdown of entry requirements as each university will be different.
After graduating from an optometry degree, students are expected to gain roles as optometrists, working in various places within the community. Common workplaces include high street practices, independent clinics, specialist clinics, hospitals, and research and academia.
To become a fully qualified optometrist students must complete a further qualification/period of supervised practice, so that they can register with the UK’s General Optic Council and go on to work within the industry.