This programme is aimed at students who have not achieved the required degree outcome, 2:2 or above, from their period of study in a UK based BSc (Hons) Optometry programme. This degree outcome is mandated by the GOC in order to allow a graduate to proceed into the Pre-Registration Period.
Success in this programme of study does not alter the degree classification that has been awarded previously. Students should be aware that the GOC allow only one attempt at this programme of study
The aims and learning outcomes of the programme are informed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) benchmark statement for Optometry 2015, the General Optical Council (GOC) specification for Optometry learning outcomes and clinical competencies 2016, and the University of Bradford Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.
Successful candidates are eligible to enter the Scheme for Registration delivered by the College of Optometrists.
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Learning and Teaching Strategy
The Optometry programme articulates with the Teaching and Learning strategy of the University of Bradford.
A wide variety of teaching methods appropriate to the learning outcomes are employed throughout the programme. They focus progressively on student-centred approaches to learning, such that students are expected to take increasing responsibility for their learning as they progress through the programme, in order to encourage development of the attributes needed for lifelong learning and continued professional development.
Key skills are embedded throughout the curriculum.
Assessment provides an evaluation of the students ‘competence in meeting specified objectives, but it is also an essential part of the teaching and learning process. Properly selected assessment tasks signal the importance of particular content, concepts and skills, influence approaches to study and help students to allocate their time appropriately. Constructive and timely feedback on assessment helps students to gain a sense of achievement and progress, an appreciation of the performance and standards expected in a particular discipline or professional area, and to learn from their endeavours.
The Optometry programme aims to select from a range of assessment methods for each module. All modules include both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment has a developmental purpose and is designed to help students learn more effectively by giving them feedback on their performance and on how it can be improved and/or maintained.
Reflective practice by students sometimes contributes to formative assessment. Summative assessment is used to indicate the extent of a student's success in meeting the assessment criteria used to gauge the intended learning outcomes of a module or programme. In addition, some of the assessments in later stages of the programme, for example in clinical practice, clinical case studies and the research project, are synoptic in nature.
Synoptic assessments are those that encourage students to combine elements of their learning from different parts of a programme and to show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of a topic or subject area. A synoptic assessment normally enables students to show their ability to integrate and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding with breadth and depth in the subject. It can help to test a student's capability of applying the knowledge and understanding gained in one part of a programme to increase their understanding in other parts of the programme, or across the programme as a whole.
Most graduates, on completion of the pre-registration year and having passed the Final Assessment Examinations set by the College of Optometrists, become registered with the General Optical Council to practise as optometrists.
Once qualified you can work in private practice, in hospital optometry or in optometric teaching and research. You will need an interest and ability in scientific work, in helping and communicating with people, and a measure of manual dexterity.