Take your career to the next level with our contact lens course. Designed for UK General Optical Council (GOC) registered dispensing opticians looking to specialise in contact lenses, our course will build on the training you already have, giving you the knowledge and skill set to look after contact lens patients. Subject to GOC full approval*, completion of our PG Cert and the assessment of clinical competencies will lead to entry-level registration with the GOC as a Contact Lens Optician.
Designed for GOC registered dispensing opticians who are already in practice, our new blended learning course enables you to study whilst working. Throughout the year you will cover the theoretical aspects of the course through online learning, where you will be supported through your course tutors and interacting with your fellow students through discussion boards.
During the course you’ll attend classes on our Cambridge campus during two residential visits per trimester. There you’ll be given a grounding in clinical skills in our purpose-built clinical teaching facilities which you’ll then develop further in your workplace and – with the support of your registered practice supervisor – will actively engage in contact lens practice for at least one day a week in your practice throughout the course.
Learning in the work place is a key part of this course and the up to date course content, combined with innovative delivery and assessment methods, will ensure you are prepared for working in contact lens practice.
*The University currently has provisional approval from the GOC for the course to run as a pilot. Full GOC accreditation will be sought at the end of the pilot.
Supervisors must be GOC registered contact lens opticians or optometrists with at least two years' continuous registration with the GOC prior to the start of the course. They must be able to supervise you in practice a minimum of one day a week throughout the duration of your studies.
Registration with the GOC as a dispensing optician with contact lens specialty will open up further career options in optical practice, which attract a significant increase in salary. The contact lens specialty, along with study at postgraduate level, will open up additional career progression routes in industry, professional services, as well as education.
This course uses innovative assessment methods to assess your progress towards registration.
The development of clinical skills in the workplace is assessed through completion of a workbook detailing a series of clinical tasks. Your theoretical knowledge is tested using formative online assessments whilst clinical competence is assessed using videoed demonstrations of clinical skills and clinical scenarios to assess data interpretation and clinical reasoning. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are used to assess ability in the GOC clinical competencies. Examinations will take place at ARU each trimester in addition to your residential visits.
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Your course fee includes residential visits to ARU (excluding travel, accommodation and subsistence), provision of access to online course materials, and your in-practice audit and examinations.
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
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