24 months
24000 GBP/year
12900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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In this Orthoptics (Pre-registration) programme from University College London (UCL), you will learn about paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus (ocular misalignment), ocular motility disorders and other eye and vision health issues and diseases that are dealt with by Orthoptists.


In Year One, you will learn about the visual system, optics, and foundation Orthoptics and paediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology.

In Year Two modules will cover complex Orthoptics, research methods and statistics, broader Ophthalmology, sale and supply of medicinal products (specific to Orthoptics) and clinical placements. You will enhance your research skills through a library-based research project on a topic related to Orthoptic/ophthalmic practice.

You will be paired with a clinical or clinical academic mentor so you can discuss what you are learning and experiencing in your clinical placement with an expert working in the field.

Students in the Orthoptics (Pre-registration) programme from University College London (UCL) undertake modules to the value of 360 credits with level 7 qualification.


This programme is designed to equip students with the requisite knowledge and skill to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Orthoptist. Graduates will likely undertake a career in Orthoptics, and will be equipped with knowledge and skills to undertake extended clinical roles and/or pursue further training to undertake a clinical academic career.  Many students go on to work in the NHS.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orthoptics 
  • Ophthalmology 
  • Clinical placement 
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Sale, supply and administration of medicinal products
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant subject areas include: biological sciences, chemistry, nursing and psychology. 
  • Courses undertaken at institutions other than UCL will be assessed for accreditation of prior learning (APL) on a case by case basis and an interview and/or candidates may be required to write a piece of work to support the APL application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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