How to become an orthoptist
You can get into this job through a university course.
You'll need to get a degree in orthoptics, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
There's a lot of competition for places on orthoptics degree courses, so you'll need to show an understanding and commitment to orthoptics before you apply.
Before you apply for a course, you'll find it helpful to get some work experience in healthcare, for example in a local orthoptic department.
The British and Irish Orthoptics Society can also give you information on work shadowing opportunities.
NHS Learning Support Fund
As well as a student loan, you might be able to get financial support through the NHS Learning Support Fund.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 3 A levels, or equivalent, including at least 1 science
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
When applying for courses and jobs, you'll be expected to have an understanding of how the NHS values apply in your work.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
Student membership is free of charge until you graduate.