BSc (Hons) Optometry induction information 2019 - stage 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our programmes are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. 

As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. 

We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. 

These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen course, introduce you to the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city centre university campus and also signpost some of the support services available to you.

Sara Demain, Head of School - Health Professions

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Induction timetable

Tuesday 17 September   All sessions at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC)
10.00–10.30: Welcome to the School of Health Professions (Head of School and Faculty Dean) - LT1
10.30–11.00: Break 
11.00–12.00: Welcome to Optometry (Stephanie Mrockowska) - LT1 
12.00–12.30: Tour of Facilities (Programme Team) - GF02 and GF03
12.30–13.00: Lunch Break
13.00–14.00: Administration session. Please bring your passport , *** see below. - LT1
                          Card collection* - we cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport.
14.00-14.30: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) (Programme Team) - LT1
14.30-16.00: Study to Success (Programme Team) - LT1
Wednesday 18 September - All Sessions are at Drake Circus 

09.30–10.00: OPSoc - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square
10.00–10.30: Placement Introduction - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square
10.30–11.30: Personal Tutoring - Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square
11.30–14.00:  Occupational health appointments** - MANDATORY - Babbage Building, 403, 413, 415 and 417
14.00–17.00: Big Optometry Event - Roland Lewinsky Building, LT1
Thursday 20 September - All sessions are at Drake Circus
13.00–15.30: Placement Fair - Sherwell Foyer
15.30–16.30: International students welcome (Karen Beaulieu and International Compliance) - Babbage Building 410

Friday 20 September  - All Sessions are at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) 
10.00–11.00: Association of Optometrists - LT2
11.00–12.00: General Optical Council - LT2
12.00–13.00: Lunch break
13.00–15.00: Introduction to your first year modules - what you need to get ahead - LT2

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*Card collection

We cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport. Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.

If you are currently a student on a different programme and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo, please email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

** Occupational Health

You will undertake a series of Occupational Health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on one of the two dates below:

  • Wednesday 18 September 2019

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and course in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online by 16 September 2019 - this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 16 September 2019 - this allows your registration card to be printed

Passport checking during 17 September 2019

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card, which you will need to access the University of Plymouth Library, Students' Union and free bus service between the University of Plymouth and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre.

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Optometry Recommended Reading List 

OPT404: Visual Perception

• Goldstein, E.B. (2009) Sensation and Perception. Wadsworth.
• Tovee M J. (2008) An introduction to the visual system. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University
• Mather, G. (2009) Foundations of sensation and perception. 2nd edn. Hove: Psychology Press.
• Snowden, R.J. (2006). Basic vision: an introduction to the visual system. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


OPT405: Geometric and Physical Optics

• Tunnacliffe, A.H., and Hirst A.G. (1996) Optics.2nd edn. Association of Dispensing Opticians.
• Freeman, M.H. (2003) Optics 11th edn. London: Harcourt.
• Stoner, E., Perkins, P., Ferguson, R. (2005) Optical formulas Tutorial. 2nd edn Missouri: Butterworth Heinemann.


OPT406: Visual Optics and Ophthalmic Lenses

• Kaufman, P.L. and Alm, A. (2011) 11thth ed. Adler's physiology of the eye. Mosby.
• Tunnacliffe AH. (1993) 4th ed An introduction to visual optics. Assoc. of British Dispensing Opticians.
• Rabbetts, R.B. (2007) Bennett and Rabbetts' Clinical visual optics. Butterworth-Heinemann.


OPT407: Anatomy and Physiology

• Snell, R., Lemp, M.A. (1998) Clinical Anatomy of the Eye. 2nd edn. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications.
• Lens, A., Ledford, J., Nemeth, S.C. (2008) Ocular Anatomy and Physiology. 2nd edn. New Jersey: Slack Inc.
• Oyster, C.W. (1999) The Human Eye : structure and function. Sinauer Associates.
• Bron AJ. (1998) Wolff’s Anatomy of the Eye and Orbit, 8th ed. Chapman and Hall.

• Shier, D, Butler J and Lewis, R (2012) Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 12th Edition; New York: Mc-Graw-Hill
• Waugh A and Grant A (2014) Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, 12th Edition; Churchill-Livingstone, Elsevier.
• Marieb EN (2014) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 10th Edition; Edinburgh: Pearson.


OPT408: Clinical Optometry Skills

• Elliot , D.B. (2007) Clinical Procedures in Primary eye care. 3rd edn. Edinburgh: Butterworth- Heinemann.
• Grosvenor, T.P. (2007) Primary Care Optometry, 5thth edn. Butterworth & Heinemann.
• Rosenfield and Logan. Science, Techniques and Clinical management. (2009). 2nd edn. Butterworth and  Heinemann.

Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.

General Optical Council (GOC) Student Registration

To study on this programme you must complete registration with the GOC by 31 October 2019.

View instructions and details.

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