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Optometry

We have approved the undergraduate optometry degree at the following nine institutions in the UK:

Anglia Ruskin University
Aston University
University of Bradford
Cardiff University
City University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Plymouth University
University of Manchester
University of Ulster

Length of study
Usually four years in total (Scotland five years). The course consists of a full-time three-year (in Scotland four-year) degree course followed by a salaried pre-registration training with a practice under the guidance of a GOC-registered optometrist.

To enter a pre-registration placement trainees must have gained a degree in optometry from an institution recognised by the GOC at 2:2 or above and have a valid Certificate of Clinical Competency, which is awarded on graduation.  The Certificate of Clinical Competency is valid for two years from either the date of graduation or the date of last period of supervised practice.  Trainees whose certificate has expired or who fail to achieve a 2:2 in their degree must successfully complete the GOC's Optometry Progression Scheme before entering a pre-registration placement.

A series of assessments are included throughout the placement. Two examining bodies offer examinations leading to qualifications enabling registration with the GOC – these are the College of Optometrists and the University of Manchester.

Dispensing optics

We have approved training courses in dispensing optics at the following six institutions in the UK:

Anglia Ruskin University
Association of British Dispensing Opticians ( ABDO ) DLI College
Bradford College
City University
City and Islington College

Glasgow Caledonian University

Length of study
There are several ways in which you can choose to study. All routes are assessed by assessments and examinations offered by the ABDO in conjunction with the training establishments.

If you qualify as a dispensing optician the University of Bradford offers a career progression course enabling you to graduate with a degree in optometry in approximately 12 months.

 

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