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GOC grants provisional approval to Hertfordshire

24 Nov 2014

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The GOC has granted the University of Hertfordshire provisional approval to run a masters in optometry degree course. Up to 50 students will be allowed to start the course in September 2015.

When a new course leading to GOC registration wishes to open, they must apply to the GOC for approval. The GOC initially grants only provisional approval to new courses; it will grant full approval when the course has been running for a period of time and the GOC is satisfied that the course meets its standards for students to achieve full registration.

Provisional approval is granted by the GOC Council, at the recommendation of its Education Committee. Provisional Approval enables the new programme to be established (in accordance with the submission approved) and advertised to recruit the first cohort of students.

The GOC must consider all new applications for accreditation based on whether they meet its standards. The GOC is not able to consider factors such as demand for optometrists or market conditions when considering accreditation applications.


For further information please contact:

Simon Grier

Communications Manager

General Optical Council

t: 020 7307 3478




1. The process for considering accreditation applications is set out on the GOC website at


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The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, conduct and performance amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 26,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.

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