Optometry Adaptation

Continuing Professional Development (short course)


Applications for this course are currently closed. Please email answers@aru.ac.uk for more information and to register your interest.

Please be aware that this course is not suitable for international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


A bespoke course of lectures and clinical practice tailored to the needs of the applicant. Our Adaptation course is built for you based on the recommendations of the General Optical Council (GOC). It has been created to support optometrists who trained outside the UK but are now looking to practise in the UK and need to register with the GOC.

Full description

Who should attend?

Our course is suitable for qualified optometrists who trained outside the UK who are not registered with the General Optical Council (GOC). The GOC will need to provide a letter stating the need for an adaptation period for us to consider your application.

Please be aware that possession of this letter does not guarantee entrance to the course, but will allow us to assess your study requirements. Places on this course are very limited and so offers are made on a first come first served basis and according to eligibility and requirements. Please see below about our application process.


The course starts in September and runs through trimesters 1 and 2 of the academic year. Occasionally where the GOC recommendation is for a single module of teaching and assessment, an alternative start date is indicated.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

The cost of this one-year bespoke course is £10,300 but the fee may occasionally vary according to requirements.


Additional costs

Estimated additional costs for this course are:

PD ruler - £20
Pen torch - £10
Occluder - £14
Budgie stick - £10
Retinoscope and ophthalmoscope - £1385
General Optical Council fees - £30 per annum
Lab coat - £15
Travel expenses for 14 hours of hospital experience: approximately £100
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – enhanced check £44
Printing costs (optional) – an average of £2.50–£5.00 per teaching week.

Contact details

For further information about the course, the application process and to register your interest, please email answers@aru.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to produce a referral letter from the General Optical Council following your prior learning and experience review. Possession of such a letter does not guarantee entry to the course as student numbers are limited.

Successful applicants will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service check and provide evidence that they are registered with the GOC as a student optometrist.

Applicants will need to demonstrate suitable previous qualifications and/or experience.

Applicants must have the right to work or study in the UK. The course does not qualify for a Tier 4 visa.

An English Language Qualification such as an IELTS at level 7.0 or above, with no lower than 6.5 in each component; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

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