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Student retention deadline passed

17 Jul 2012

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A total of 87.6% of student optometrists and dispensing opticians applied to renew their General Optical Council (GOC) registration by the 15 July deadline.

It marks an improvement from last year’s figure of 87%, which was itself a significant improvement on 78% in 2010. 2011 was the first year that student opticians could apply using the MyGOC online system, which GOC head of registration Philip Hallam credited with the improvement.

Mr Hallam said: “These figures show that the significantly better retention rates last year were no aberration. A survey of over 100 students last year showed that the vast majority find the system quick and easy to use. This has once again helped far more students to meet this important deadline.”

A total of 548 students missed the deadline and must now pay an extra £10 late application charge on top of the £20 fee. If they have still not applied by 31 August they will be unable to continue their studies until they have restored their registration, at a cost of £40.

Philip Hallam added: “Those students who missed the deadline should remember that GOC registration is a legal requirement. Until they register they may be unable to take part in clinical training or exams and are putting their future careers at risk.”

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

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Neil Drake
Communications Manager
General Optical Council
t: 020 7307 3473
e: ndrake@optical.org

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.

3. Overall, 3876 out of 4424 students applied for retention by 15 July. 99.4% of those chose to use the online system, with just 20 students sending in a paper application.


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 25,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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