Undergraduate Pathway: Optics

Focus on your future in optometry

The department of Vision and Hearing Sciences is one of the founder members of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics, working as part of a network of eye care professionals across Europe to harmonise standards and practices in optometry and optics. You will be gaining experience in Anglia Ruskin's outstanding university Eye Clinic alongside lecturers who are registered optometrists.
CRIC's Undergraduate Pathway is the only pathway of its kind in the United Kingdom and ideal for those wishing to get into the competitive world of Optometry. Both BOptom (Hons) Optometry and BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing have professional recognition; they are fully accredited by the General Optical Council.

Pathways at Anglia Ruskin University

High School



  Foundation – 1 semester Foundation – 2 semester First year











Stage 1

Two Semester 5.5* IELTS

*Subject to sub scores

Stage 3

Two Semesters


Stage 1

September, January

** 2 semester University Foundation not available in June

Stage 1: University Foundation


CRIC at Anglia Ruskin University


For a detailed course overview, please follow this link

Stage 2: First Year Degree


Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University


A score of 70 percent for the University Foundation stage is required for successful progression to BOptom (Hons) Optometry. Failing this students will be offered alternative options but in a Science related area.

Stage 3: Second Year Degree


Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University

Stage 4: Final Year Degree


Faculty of Science and Technology at Anglia Ruskin University

For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrix. Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from Anglia Ruskin University:



Please be aware that in order to successfully progress to BOptom (Hons) Optometry you need to obtain an academic average of 70% in your foundation modules. Progression to BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing is conditional on obtaining 60% average.

Students that fail to meet the progression requirements outlined above are eligible to choose an alternative course from the Medical and Life Sciences programme outlined here

To find out the academic requirements of our programmes please see Academic Requirements which outlines the entry requirements by country. Unless stated requirements are standard across all programmes -

Employment and career options

  • Optometry
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing