Employability

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Optom employ

100% of our students are in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Career options

Completing a BSc Optometry degree is the first step to becoming a fully qualified optometrist; a crucially important and rewarding career. Qualified optometrists can choose a career in private practice, the hospital eye service, universities conducting research and teaching or various options in industry. Registration also opens possibilities to work abroad as an optometry qualification from the UK is highly regarded worldwide.

Employers

Employers have included universities, various NHS Trusts, multiple and independent optometrists and companies such as Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Professional qualifications

Cardiff University optometry graduates are significantly ahead of the national average in gaining their professional qualifications. The 2015 average pass rate for graduates from Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is 92%, compared to the national average of 74%.

Pre-registration placement

To make the transition from a student to a professional optometrist, trainees are required to complete a pre-registration placement governed by the College of Optometrists. Our graduates rarely have difficulty securing pre-registration positions, a process that begins in your second year. Many employers visit us to recruit future graduates, and are familiar with the high calibre of Cardiff students. Several of our graduates are successful each year in gaining much sought after hospital pre-registration positions.

You will become UK qualified after satisfactory completion of the pre-registration period (normally 12 months), where you will undertake work-based assessments to demonstrate Stage 2 competencies, and which will conclude with a final assessment. The pre-registration placement and final assessment is administered by the College of Optometrists.