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Admissions criteria - Optometry

This information applies to the undergraduate BSc in Optometry.

We consider your previous examination performance, predicted future examination performance, personal statement, applicant reference and, in some cases, an interview when deciding on an offer. From this information, we are seeking to assess:

  • your suitability for a healthcare profession
  • your ability to meet the academic standards of the BSc Optometry course
  • your personal motivation towards the demands of studying on a professional vocational course.

In summary, we are committed to admitting applicants who are socially and academically well-rounded.

In the personal statement, we are interested in learning more about your interests and achievements outside the classroom. The autobiographical sketch provides an opportunity for you to describe your non-academic profile, including extracurricular activities, non-academic awards, hobbies, work and volunteer experience, athletic involvement, community leadership, club membership, and student government etc.

Where the information available is insufficient to decide on whether to either make an offer or to reject you, we may apply to the referee for more information or ask you to attend for interview. However, not all applicants will receive an interview. Interviews provide an opportunity to appraise personal qualities which may bear on your success in the practise of optometry and which are not apparent from the application. Not being granted an interview does not adversely affect your chance of being made an offer to the BSc Optometry course. Interviews are typically scheduled between January and April of the year of admission and take place either at the School of Optometry and Vision Science in Cardiff, or at another suitable location, as determined each year. We also hold Open days, to which applicants are invited to attend, should you be offered a place on the course. The Open day provides an opportunity for you to view the School and to ask any questions you may have about the School and the programme.

While we will be guided in its decision-making by these admissions criteria, it is important to remember that selection involves complex professional judgments and that selection takes place in a highly competitive environment. Therefore mere possession of the qualities indicated does not guarantee the offer of a place.

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate

A-level, Welsh Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate requirements can be found in Course Finder.

Other qualifications

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome, as are those who may have combinations of qualifications or other relevant work/life experience. If you would like to know the entry requirements for a specific qualification not listed here, please contact our admissions team on either admissions@cardiff.ac.uk or +44 (0)29 2087 9999.

All applications for a place on the Optometry degree programme must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application service. Applications can be made either in the English or the Welsh language. We recognise that if you are a Welsh speaker, you may feel more comfortable speaking to a Welsh speaking personal tutor. Provided there are Welsh speaking members of staff available, every effort will be made to allocate a Welsh speaker to you at any point of the application process.

After we have received and considered your application, we may invite you to visit the School during the period from November to early March, when we organise the School Open days. This gives prospective students the opportunity to look around the School and meet the staff. We feel it is very important that prospective students visit the School before making their decision on where they wish to study.

All applicants to the School will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day to discuss their application with staff and to see the School and its facilities.

We may interview applicants for its undergraduate programmes. Please see guidance in "School Selection Criteria" above.

We will consider resit candidates on an individual basis.

We are happy to make offers for deferred entry.

Transfers with credit from another Higher Education institution

We will consider applications from students wishing to transfer to Year One at Cardiff from other UK Universities only where there are compelling personal circumstances supporting a transfer, and where you, (a) meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme, and (b) have achieved a satisfactory level of performance in each module taken at his/her current institution.

Transfer with credit from another programme at Cardiff University

Applications for transfers from students wishing to transfer to Year one from other Schools within Cardiff University are considered where you meet the entry requirements for the relevant degree scheme and are able to demonstrate motivation to study Optometry.