The Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield each offer 38 United Kingdom / European Union places each year (dependent on NHS funding). Approximately 600 applicants compete for those places. Glasgow Caledonian University has a course in Orthoptics which started in September 2012 and aims to recruit between 12-16 students each year.
We strongly advise prospective students to visit a local orthoptic department before applying. Work experience itself is not required, but with stiff competition it is essential to show commitment and understanding of the profession.
Pre-entry work experience is therefore desirable. Applicants contacting us are encouraged to visit an orthoptic department close to where they live for at least half a day, and it is considered a favourable asset when the admissions team read applicants' personal statements.
All applications are made through the UCAS system:
Directorate of Orthoptics and Vision Science
Thompson Yates Building
The University of Liverpool
Admissions Tutor email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +44 (0) 151 794 5733 / 5731
University of Sheffield,
Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health,
Beech Hill Road,
Admisions Tutor email: mailto:email@example.com
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 5540
The Enquiries Office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30am until 4:30pm, and is closed on Saturday and Sundays.You can make contact by email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Enquiry Form:
Admissions Tutor email: email@example.com
Phone: +44 (0) 141 331 8296