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What to study and where


We have approved programmes offered at the following institutions in the UK:

Anglia Ruskin University
Aston University
University of Bradford
Cardiff University
City University
Glasgow Caledonian University
Huddersfield University
Plymouth University
University of Central Lancashire
University of Manchester

Teesside University
University of Ulster

University of Hertfordshire
University of Highlands and Islands
University of the West of England 

Ulster University

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

Length of study

There are several ways in which you can choose to study. The assessments and examinations are conducted by either ABDO or Anglia Ruskin University, depending on which training course you choose to study.

Students wishing to study with the following training providers will progress to ABDO to sit their assessments and examination:

Anglia Ruskin University – BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing
Association of British Dispensing Opticians ( ABDO ) DLI College
Bradford College
City and Islington College
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Students wishing to study the Ophthalmic Dispensing Registerable Award FdSc at Anglia Ruskin University will be eligible to register with the GOC as a Dispensing Optician .  There are no further assessments and examinations to be taken.  

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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