Bachelor of Science (Honours) Optometry and Clinical Practice

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  • Course Description
  • The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Optometry and Clinical Practice is for those who graduated from the Diploma in Optometry from polytechnics in Singapore, and are registered with the Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB) as licensed Optometrists (full, provisional or temporary).

    The Optometry and Clinical Practice BSc exactly maps to the UK Optometry BSc programme for training world class optometrists. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to enter work as an optometrist.

    This programme is a 360 credit honours degree, designed as a two-year, 240 credit part-time course, for students who have an approved qualification which can be used to enter direct to stage 2 through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    The programme is offered as a two-year (20 taught months) part-time course with 3 stages which delivers the same learning outcomes as students studying in the UK. Stage 2 and stage 4 are conducted in Singapore while stage 3 practical modules are conducted in the UK.

    The novel mode of delivery allows students to undertake most of their study in Singapore at Parkway College, but also to benefit from the experience and teaching of the optometry experts of Aston University.

    Why choose this course?

    • The opportunity to study a UK awarded degree in Optometry in Singapore.

    • The course includes theoretical education, practical skills and clinical training.

    • Students completing this course will reach a level of optometric practice that is recognised around the world.

    • The students will have the benefit of a degree taught and assessed in English and be prepared for a good future as optometrists.

    • Clinical and practical skills are taught in the Optometry facilities at Aston University, where the students will engage with patients.

    • To enrol on this course, applicants must be able to attend the UK residential for compulsory practical and clinical training.

  • Course Objectives
  • The programme specification states that:

    •    The principal aim of the programme is to prepare a student for a career as an Optometrist. On graduation, students will have the knowledge and skills to enable them to practice as an Optometrist.

    •    An additional aim of the programme is to give students an introduction into life-long learning in their chosen profession.

    The programme has been designed to fulfill the aim of providing suitably qualified students in Singapore with an accelerated route to a UK degree in Optometry that can be studied in Singapore and which will also allow them access to the teaching and clinical resources of a top UK Optometry school.

    Visit Aston University Singapore BSc Optometry and Clinical Practice for more information.

  • Course Code
  • OCP

  • Course Structure
  • 1. Duration: 2 years

    2. Total Curriculum Hours : 2400 hours

    3. Course Delivery: 4 hours per day, 3 days per week

    4. Mode of Delivery: Lectures (Virtual Learning Environment), Workshop/seminars, Tutorials, Practical, Coursework Assignments and Assessments.

    5. Course Commencement Date: 25 September 2017

    6. Registration Closing Date: 01 August 2017

  • Course Outline
  • The course consists of 12 modules:

    Stage 2   (Parkway College, Singapore)
    • OC2PCL    – Contact Lens
    • OC2POI    – Ophthalmic Instrumentation
    • OC2POD    – Ophthalmic Drugs
    • OC2PPO    – Primary Optometric Examination
    • OC2PVP    – Vision and Visual Perception

    Stage 3   (Aston University, UK)
    • OC2PPS    – Practical Skills (non-condonable)
    • OC3PCP    – Clinical Practice (non-condonable)

    Stage 4    (Parkway College, Singapore)  
    • OC3PAE    – Anterior Eye Conditions
    • OC3PBP    – Binocular Vision and Paediatrics
    • OC3PRM    – Evidence Based Practice, Research Methods
    • OC3PLV    – Professional, Occupational and Low Vision
    • OC3PPE    – Posterior Eye and General Ophthalmology

    * Please contact us for the Module Synopsis for the synopsis of each module or visit Aston University-Singapore Programme Page.

  • About Aston University, United Kingdom
  • Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research –led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.

    Aston University is based in the centre of Birmingham, home to over 65,000 students and one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities.

    Our friendly and safe 40 acre campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our 9,500 students.

    Aston offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and also works with the public and private sector to develop tailored Continuing Professional Development and Foundation Degree programmes.

    In 2014 the Aston Medical School was opened, and the first students on the MBChB programme are expected in 2017. This marks the culmination of Astons 50 year celebrations.

    Aston Vision

    To be a centre of excellence for the delivery of education and research into the scientific basis of health and disease.

    Learning and teaching

    We will collaborate closely with the relevant professions, with local and national health and scientific agencies and with industry in order to recognise the evolving needs of our clients/students and major stakeholders.

    We will continue to develop and expand our excellent reputation for the delivery of professional programmes in health related disciplines such as optometry, pharmacy, biomedical sciences, audiology and psychology by:

    • Researching and exploiting the most advanced learning technologies to further enhance the student experience thus upgrading educational delivery and facilitating the remote delivery of programmes

    • Encouraging and expanding initiatives and research into flexible learning with emphasis on work-place learning and widening participation

    • Introducing a Flexible Credit Accumulation scheme

    • Introducing new health based foundation programmes developed in partnership with the industry and involving flexible learning in the workplace.

    Research

    Our aim is to be recognised internationally for our fundamental research activities and their application in key areas which are relevant to maintaining good health or treating disability/disease.

    We therefore propose to:

    • Engage effectively with the local, national and international research communities by providing public access to our research highlights

    • Encourage joint partnerships both home and overseas for major applications to UK, EU and international research funding agencies

    • Further develop our flagship interdisciplinary research centres as illustrated by Aston Brain Centre, Aston Academy of Life Sciences and the Health Research Development Centre and to map these activities onto national and international research agendas with a view to growing future centres of research excellence, eg in age-related disease.

    There will be an emphasis on translational research, by the development of fundamental scientific research through to its application in both the healthcare and commercial sectors. This addresses our strategy to undertake research relevant to the needs of international funding organisations, UK research councils and government, the NHS and industry.

    Community engagement

    We will continue to develop regional, national and international partnerships with:

    • West Midlands Strategic Health Authority to develop and deliver new courses in the Health Sciences

    • Birmingham City Council for joint funding applications to enable the delivery of short professional courses to commerce and industry based on our success in the Food, Health and Safety area

    • Advantage West Midlands (the Regional Development Agency) to attract inward investment and the creation of jobs as illustrated by the Aston Academy of Life Sciences, a state of the art independent day hospital and centre for research in clinical vision sciences, and recent winner of the Medilink West Midlands Regional Medical Award 2007 for Business Start Up.

    • Local universities, FE Colleges and NHS Trusts to develop innovative methods for providing education and training opportunities to the regional Health sector as exemplified by the Birmingham Health Academy, a partnership between Aston University, Matthew Boulton College, Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT and
    Birmingham City University

    • Key international universities for the exchange of staff, joint delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in Health and Life Sciences.

    The development of the collaborative BSc Optometry and Clinical Practice delivered in partnership with Parkway College, Singapore, is as a result of this last aspect of Aston Vision.

    The University is audited by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency.

    For further details of accredited programmes see Key Item section v.

    Aston University: has “Highly Trusted Status” with the UK Border Agency

    For information about Aston please visit http://www.aston.ac.uk

    Visit Aston University Singapore BSc Optometry and Clinical Practice for more information.

  • Who Should Attend
  • Optometists with a Diploma in Optometry, and has an interest in pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Optometrist.

  • Entry Requirements
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have the following:

    •    A Diploma in Optometry from Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic or Parkway College with GPA 2.0 and above; AND

    •    Candidate must also have a qualified Optometrist license (Full, provisional, and temporary) from Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB), Singapore; AND

    •    A GCE O-level credit in English language or an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each section; AND

    Applicants must be Singapore or Malaysia passport holders who can meet the UK Visa requirement for the stage 3 compulsory UK residence training.

    *Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis and subjected to Aston University Admission Team approval.

  • Course Assessment
  • The various methods of assessment are according to the individual modules including:

    •    Completion of Practical manual
    •    End of module exam
    •    Completion of Case records
    •    Clinical Examination
    •    Written Assignment

  • Graduation Criteria
  • Students who will be awarded the “BSc (Hons) Optometry and Clinical Practice” from Aston University must fulfill the following conditions:

    •   Requirement for the Ordinary Degree: The Practical Skills (OC2PPS) and Clinical Practice (OC3PCP) modules must be passed for a pass degree to be awarded.

    •   Duration of Study: For the award of BSc Optometry and Clinical Practice, the programme must be completed within three years.

    •   Attendance Requirements:  A student whose attendance has not met the requirements of the module specifications may be required by the relevant Associate Dean to withdraw from the programme.

    •   Condonement: Failure in a module may be condoned in accordance with the General Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes. The maximum number of credits that can be condoned in stage 2 and in stage 4 of the programme (as defined in this programme specification) is 20.

    •   Progression: Students will be assessed at the end of each programme stage. Programme stages are defined below.  Recommendations on student progression will be made by an examination board held at the end of each program stage.

    The following regulations apply in case the case of module failure at examination board:

    Credits failed – Possible exam board decisions  
    Up to 40 – Refer and carry to next stage
    60 – Refer failed assessments: Cannot start next stage.
    80 or more – Restart or Fail and withdraw

    Awarding Weightage:

    • The following modules will contribute 25% to the final award:
      •   OC2PCL    –    Contact Lens
      •   OC2POI    –    Ophthalmic Instrumentation
      •   OC2POD    –    Ophthalmic Drugs
      •   OC2PPO    –    Primary Optometric Examination
      •   OC2PVP    –    Vision and Visual Perception
      •   OC2PPS    –    Practical Skills
    • The following modules will contribute 75% to the final award:
      •   OC3PAE    –    Anterior Eye Conditions
      •   OC3PBP    –    Binocular Vision and Paediatrics
      •   OC3PRM    –    Evidence Based Practice, Research Methods
      •   OC3PLV    –    Professional, Occupational and Low Vision
      •   OC3PPE    –    Posterior Eye and General Ophthalmology
      •   OC3PCP    –    Clinical Practice
  • Certificate Awarded
  • BSc (Hons) Optometry and Clinical Practice, awarded by Aston University, United Kingdom.

  • How to Apply
  • Submit a completed application form to Parkway College.

  • Fees
  • •    Course fees:         S$34,240

    •    Application fee:     S$214

    •    Enrolment fee:     S$321

    * Course fees do not include UK Visa application fees, air fares, accommodation and living expenses incurrable for Stage 3 at Aston University, United Kingdom. (See Advisory Note)

    1. 1. Application fee is payable upon submission of Application form.
      2. Enrolment fee is payable upon signing of PEI Student Contract.
      3. Fees are inclusive of prevailing Government Goods & Services (GST) Tax.
    2. 4. For all other related fees, please refer to student policies on our website.
      5. Parkway College reserves the right to postpone or cancel the course if minimum enrolment is not met.
  • Advisory Note
  • This note is for a prospective student of BSc (Hons) in Optometry and Clinical Practice.

    Programme Information

    1)   This programme is offered as a two-year (20 taught months) part-time course with three programme stages (Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4). Stage 2 and Stage 4 are conducted in Singapore while Stage 3 practical modules (Practical Skills and Clinical Practice) are conducted in the Aston University campus (UK).

    Passing Criteria

    2)    Stage 2 and 4 consist of 100 credits each.

    3)    Students will be assessed at the end of each Stage. Recommendations on student progression will be made by an examination board held at the end of each Stage.

    4)    Module failure: Refer to Graduation Criteria.

    5)    Stage 3 is a compulsory clinical and practical placement which requires a pass in both the practical modules (Practical Skills and Clinical Practice) in order to successfully graduate from the programme. Students who fail Stage 3 will have the option to withdraw from the programme or re-enrol into the programme. There will be no refund of course fees for those who fail Stage 3.

    Eligibility for UK Residency Training (Stage 3 Clinical Placement)

    6)    Students are strictly required to fulfil the requirements below before they are allowed to undergo residency training at the university.

    a.    They have to be Singapore or Malaysia passports holders who can meet the UK Visa requirements

    b.    Criminal Disclosure Check

    7)    Parkway College will not bear any responsibility in the event if the student is denied entry into UK. As Stage 3 is a compulsory component of the programme, the inability to enter UK will result in a failure to undergo the residency training. Therefore, students are given the option to withdraw from the programme or re-enrol into the programme. There will be no refund of course fees.

    Lesson Schedule

    To cater to the needs of existing Optometrist, the lessons are typically conducted 2 to 3 times a week in Singapore Parkway College, from 0830hr to 1230hr for stage 2 and stage 4.

    The two modules in stage 3 are conducted in Aston University campus, UK during the summer period around July to September each year.

    Stage 3 Estimated Expenses

    (a) Expenses incurred for applying UK entry Visa in the stage 3 UK compulsory training.

    (b) Air fares to UK: approx. S$1,500 – S$2,500 for round trip tickets.

    (c) Accommodation in Aston University: approx. £450 (S$1,000) per month (subjected to room types)

    (d) Living expenses:  approx. £450 – £900 (S$1,000 – S$2,000) per month

    *All expenses indicated are only an estimation and actual expenses will depend on the students’ lifestyle and preferences.

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