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.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
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.
*Anglia Ruskin University currently holds provisional approval from the GOC to provide the Postgraduate Certificate (Contact Lens Optician) course. Whilst under provisional approval students recruited on to the course are not guaranteed entry to the GOC Register, and may be required to undertake additional assessments through an alternative GOC approved education provider in the event that any aspect of the course when delivered does not satisfy the GOC standards.
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.
If any Dispensing Optician is wanting to further their career, I would highly recommend the new ARU PGCert route to becoming a Contact Lens Optician. The way in which the course lecturers adapted the delivery of the course due to COVID has been exceptional and a real testament to the innovative and modern teaching methods and overall course content. I felt well supported throughout the year by all of the course tutors and the standard of online material was better than previous distance learning I've completed at other institutions.
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.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
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 can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us.How to pay your fees directly
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our students can choose to study face to face on campus or online only. They're also able to change their mode of delivery on given dates in each trimester.
For on-campus teaching, we offer at least four hours face-to-face teaching related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time courses, supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however we remain committed to delivering face-to-face teaching and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2021, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2021-22.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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