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BSc (Hons) Orthoptics


Orthoptists are allied health professionals who specialise in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of eye conditions.

Understanding the eye and the role of the brain in visual experience are key to Orthoptic work. Orthoptists work in the care and management of patients with poor development of vision and conditions that include brain injury, diabetes, stroke, low vision and glaucoma.

Orthoptists work closely with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, as well as paediatricians, neurologists, nursery teachers, health visitors, endocrinologists, and other allied health professionals in multi-disciplinary care.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years (full-time)
Starting Date: September
Tuition Fee: £11,500 / year (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

The programme at GCU involves learning alongside other healthcare trainees giving students a multidisciplinary experience throughout their four years of study. Orthoptics is suited to individuals interested in health care who enjoy working with people, particularly children and the elderly. 

Career Opportunities

Studying Orthoptics is interesting and challenging and employment opportunities are excellent. The qualification is recognised worldwide.

The programme has been approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and for membership of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society and the International and European Orthoptic Organisations.

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l couldn’t have asked for a better place to learn. Without a shadow of a doubt I owe my career to GCU. The opportunities I had as a student were second to none. Not just through the lectures and seminars but the high-quality equipment and facilities students have access to such as the television and radio studios.

Colin Stone

Undergraduate student at GCU

Course Contents

  • Foundations in Practice in Health and Social Care

  • Ocular Anatomy and Physiology

  • Child Development and Health Optics

  • Refraction and Binocular Vision

  • Practice Education

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