Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.
You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/money and http://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/money/managingyourmoney
A level: BBB including one science, plus GCSE Maths, Physics and English at B
ILC Higher: BBBBB including English, Maths, Biology and Physics
IB Diploma: 28 points including a Higher Level Science at 6 and Maths at min Standard Level 6
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM relevant subject equivalent to minimum grades and contains sciences, Biology preferred
College: SWAP Access to Science and Technology/Ophthalmics with ABB and including 75% in Physics module. Science or healthcare based HNC/D with B in the Graded Units and including sufficient coverage of Physics. Other science-related HNC qualifications (including Physics) may be considered.
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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Orthoptists also work in the care and management of patients with conditions that include brain injury, diabetes, stroke, low vision and glaucoma.
They work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists as well as a wide range of other professionals such as maxillo facial surgeons, neurologists and contribute to multidisciplinary teams.
If you are interested in health care, people and particularly children then Orthoptics may be the perfect career for you.
The programme involves learning with other health care professionals and students should receive a truly multidisciplinary experience throughout their four years of study.
On successful completion of the degree students can be registered with the Health Professions Council . They can also apply to become members of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.
We use a range of teaching methods utilising modern technology in our award winning on-site eye clinic and laboratories. All assessments are designed to ensure that students can show competency in the key areas needed to practice as an Orthoptist as stipulated by the HCPC.
As well as attending lectures and tutorials, practical experience is gained through laboratory and clinical work and through attending clinical placements at hospitals throughout Scotland and UK, enabling the student to put their knowledge into practice helping them to prepare for their chosen career.
- Year 1: 43%
- Year 2: 61%
- Year 3: 52%
- Year 4: 5%
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- Year 2: 8%
- Year 3: 23%
- Year 4: 67%
- Year 1: 12%
- Year 2: 31%
- Year 3: 25%
- Year 4: 28%
We use a range of teaching methods. Our students participate in interprofessional learning with other health and eye care students as well as undertaking practice education in a range of hospitals across the Scotland and the UK. This offers our students a unique opportunity to develop their skills from a UK wide perspective. This practice education is central to developing skills and allows the student to transform learning in the university into patient care.
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- Year 2: 30%
- Year 3: 22%
- Year 4: 8%
- Year 1: 70%
- Year 2: 54%
- Year 3: 52%
- Year 4: 52%
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- Year 2: 16%
- Year 3: 26%
- Year 4: 40%
Our graduates will predominantly work in the NHS and employment prospects are good with our students having job opportunities at home or abroad. Some graduates work in private practice or on the high street within optometry practices. Orthoptists can continue their career development in post graduate study and research is also possible.
Other career paths include working for charities such as the RNIB or Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Our graduates possess a range of skills and attributes that will enable them to contribute to a modern and changing NHS environment.
Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.
To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.