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Bachelor of Vision Science

Course summary for current students

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This course has been recoded as a combined course D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry. Refer to D302 course entry.

Cloud (online)No

Two year accelerated full time program delivered over six consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1.

Deakin course codeH310

Note: Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2013 only. Students who commenced prior to 2013 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Vision Science aims to produce graduates with comprehensive knowledge of the biological and physical basis of the visual system and with an understanding of the underlying principles of optometry as they apply to the management of common optometric conditions. It will equip graduates with transferable academic skills that enable them to conduct research and self-guided learning at the Bachelor level and provide graduates with an understanding of visual health issues, specifically impacting on communities in regional and rural Australia and globally, as well as the underlying social and environmental factors contributing to the health gap between these communities and well-served urban population centres. Graduates will gain an understanding of the optometric profession and how optometrists operate within the greater health-care system.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Vision Science will not qualify to practise as an optometrist. To qualify to register to practise as an optometrist in Australia, students must also complete H710 Master of Optometry.

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Department of Human Services policy

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of clinical placements will not be able to undertake any placements.


Students will be asked to undergo serological testing prior to enrolment. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience.


* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The Bachelor of Vision Science is an accelerated two year, 24 credit point course delivered over six consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1. All the units in the course are prescribed. Students must pass all first year units, or be granted credit for prior learning for these units, before proceeding to second year.


This course articulates with H710 Master of Optometry.

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Course structure

Year 1

Trimester 1

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HMO101 Principles of Optics  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  


Trimester 2

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HMO102 Science of Vision 1  

SLE211 Principles of Physiology  


SLE133 Chemistry in Our World  (if Chemistry not completed in Year 12)


SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences  (if Chemistry completed in Year 12)


Trimester 3

HMO201 Science of Vision 2  

MAA103 Accounting for Decision Making  

MMM132 Management  

SLE221 Anatomy and Physiology  


Year 2 

Trimester 1

HMO203 Health and Vision Sciences 1  (2cp)

HMO204 Principles and Practice of Optometry 1  (2cp)


Trimester 2

HMO303 Health and Vision Sciences 2  (2cp)

HMO304 Principles and Practice of Optometry 2  (2cp)



HMO305 Health and Vision Sciences 3  (2cp)

HMO306 Principles and Practice of Optometry 3  (2cp)


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