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Student retention deadline approaches

28 Jun 2011

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The deadline for student optometrists and dispensing opticians to renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration is fast approaching.

2,034 students on GOC-regulated courses are yet to apply to renew their registration – they must do so by 15 July if they wish to continue their studies next year.

Failure to apply on time will mean having to pay an additional £10 late application fee on top of the standard £20 fee.

For the first time this year, students can apply to renew their registration online. This should take less than ten minutes at

GOC registrar and chief executive, Samantha Peters said: “I would encourage everyone to apply by 15 July to save both money and potential problems with continuing their studies.”

She went on to stress: “Maintaining GOC registration is an important part of studying optometry or dispensing optics – students who allow their registration to lapse could find themselves excluded from exams and clinical training.”

Students who apply between 16 July and 31 August will need to pay the extra late application charge, while those who also miss the 31 August deadline will be removed from the registers in September. They will then have to restore to the registers at a cost of £40.

Students with registration queries can either contact the registration team on 020 7580 3898 (option 1), email or send a tweet to @GOC_UK.


For media enquiries please contact:
Simon Grier
Communications Officer
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3478

Notes for editors:

1. Optometry and dispensing optics come into contact with patients during their educational courses and vocational training. Since 30 June 2005, it has been a legal requirement for optometry and dispensing optics students to be registered with the General Optical Council.

2. Students who renew their registration now but decide not to continue with their course in September should inform the GOC in writing before 31 August to receive a refund of the £20 retention fee.

About the General Optical Council:
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, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 24,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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