Orthoptic undergraduate education is undertaken at the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield and Glasgow Caledonian University. The course is three years in duration (and 4 years in Scotland) and comprises an integrated theoretical and practical programme. Block clinical placements occur throughout each year and so the academic year can be extended up to 42 weeks.
The course in Glasgow is four years in duration (Honours degrees generally last for four years in Scotland). A mixture of daily and block placements run throughout the four years with daily placements during teaching time and block placements in trimester three.
The link to Glasgow Caledonion Uniiversity is here: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/orthoptics-9540.php?loc=uk
The degree programmes are designed to develop professional expertise for clinical practice and develop effective communication, organisation and evaluation skills.
The courses aim to provide the student with a secure foundation of understanding of the relevant basic sciences, upon which practical orthoptic skills can be acquired, through a wide-ranging clinical teaching. Clinical experience is gained not only in the hospital setting, but also in the community and special schools.
The course content for each of the degree programmes includes; theoretical and clinical orthoptics; optics; ocular anatomy; physiology and pathology; general anatomy and neuroanatomy; ophthalmology; electrodiagnosis; paediatrics; visual perception; child health; ethics and epidemiology; interpersonal skills; first aid; NHS structure and management; research methods and information technology; statutory bodies; research dissertation.
A great amount of time early in the course is devoted to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge in order that students