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Standards for optical students



GOC Standards for Optical StudentsWe have a legal duty to register, and set the standards expected of optical students. Our Standards define the standards of behaviour and performance we expect of all registered student optometrists and student dispensing opticians.

As a student training to become a healthcare professional, you have a responsibility to ensure the care and safety of your patients and the pubic and to uphold professional standards. 

The new Standards of Practice for Optical Students came in to effect on 1 April 2016, replacing the previous Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants. 

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It is a requirement for all students enrolled on a General Optical Council-accredited course in optometry or dispensing optics to be registered throughout their period of training and to follow the standards outlined in this document. Once a student’s training is complete and they register as a practising optical professional, they will then be expected to meet the separate Standards of Practice for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.