Admission Requirements

There are different admission requirements for the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry, the standalone Bachelor of Vision Science and the Vision Science major within the Bachelor of Science (Science and Advanced Science programs).

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry (BVisSc/MClinOptom)

Normal entry is into Stage 1 of the BVisSc/MClinOptom program and is limited by a quota into Stage 1.

Higher School Certificate (or Equivalent)

Admission to the BVisSc/MClinOptom program is subject to selection on the basis of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.

We cannot predict in advance what ATAR will be required for entry. To be competitive it is expected that applicants will require an ATAR of at least 98.00.

Others

Admission to the  BVisSc/MClinOptom for those who have completed or who are undertaking tertiary studies will be ranked on overall academic merit.

It is not possible to provide any more than general advice outside of the UAC application process but you should note that entry to this program is extremely competitive. It is expected that applicants will be required to have a very high secondary rank (98 or above) and/or tertiary rank (eg. Distinctions or High Distinctions at university).

Students may apply for advanced standing once they have received an offer of admission into the program.

Please note that the Certificate of Matriculation - Reduced Program/Limited UAI, the Tertiary Preparation Certificate or the University Preparation Program (UPP) are not acceptable for admission to the program.

Alternative Entry- transfer from the UNSW Bachelor of Vision Science program

An alternative entry pathway for admission to the BVisSc/MClinOptom program is available for applicants who are not eligible for entry in 2017.

These applicants are advised to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Vision Science at UNSW.  These students may apply for a limited number of transfer places to the Master of Clinical Optometry at the end of the third year of study. 
 
To be considered for entry into the MClinOptom, students must maintain at least an overall CREDIT average (65% WAM) in the BVisSci or equilvalent.  BVisSci students who are unsuccessful in obtaining a place in the MClinOptom are expected to graduate with a BVisSci or may wish to apply for Science honours program.
 
The number of transfer positions is limited. It is important to remember this is a competitive process and there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place.

Assumed Knowledge/Recommended Studies

It is assumed that students, through their high school studies (or other equivalent study), will have achieved a level of knowledge of the subject area that is considered desirable for successful university-level study.

Students who do not have the level of assumed knowledge are not prevented from enrolling but may be placed at a significant disadvantage. Any students who have not achieved the recommended level of assumed knowledge are strongly advised that it is in their best interest to undertake a bridging course or other appropriate preparation before enrolling.

The level of assumed knowledge (A) is as follows:

(A) Mathematics*
(A) Chemistry
(A) Physics
(A) English (Advanced)

Enrolment in a program at UNSW assumes competence at communicating in written and spoken English. This is especially important for the BVisSci/MClinOptom program for which you must possess excellent communication skills.

* Please note that General Mathematics does not meet the necessary level of assumed knowledge.

Applications

Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia and Holders of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa. Applications must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Visit http://www.uac.edu.au for further information.

International Students. International students undertaking an appropriate Yr 12 qualification in Australia or another appropriate qualification (see http://www.uac.edu.au for details) should lodge an application through UAC (see above).

All other international students should lodge an application directly with UNSW. Visit http://www.international.unsw.edu.au for further information.

For internal transfer from the Bachelor of Vision Science into the Master of Clinical Optometry for 2020, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Vision Science will be provided with further information.

 

Bachelor of Vision Science (BVisSc)

Normal entry is into Stage 1 of the BVisSc program.

Higher School Certificate (or Equivalent)

Admission to the BVisSc program is subject to selection on the basis of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.

We cannot predict in advance what ATAR will be required for entry.

Others

Admission to the  BVisSc for those who have completed or who are undertaking tertiary studies will be ranked on overall academic merit.

Students may apply for advanced standing once they have received an offer of admission into the program.

 


Bachelor of Science BSc (Science and Advanced Science programs)- major in Vision Science

Please see Faculty of Science Entry Requirements