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The UK route to registration as an optometrist

This route is for people who have trained or are currently training in the UK. To qualify as an optometrist via this route you must:

1. Complete an undergraduate degree in optometry. Please return to the What to study and where page to find out where you can train to become an optometrist.

2. Graduate with at least a 2:2 honours degree.

3. Achieve the Stage 1 competencies required for entry to the pre-registration period. The pre-registration period is carried out under the supervision of an optometrist member of the College of Optometrists, or a supervisor approved by the University of Manchester. 

If you have not achieved one or more of these criteria, you must successfully complete the GOC’s optometry progression scheme before you may enter the pre-registration period. More details are available on application.

4. Successfully complete a pre-registration period of training under supervision. This includes work-based assessment and a final assessment on the Stage 2 core competencies for optometry.

5. Register with the GOC.

 

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