This course is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC).
Students must be registered with the GOC before the start of the academic year - university staff are on hand to help you with this during Freshers’ week. The GOC asks students to disclose any prior criminal convictions that may render them unsuitable for training.
After completion of the Graduate Diploma in Optometry, you must complete a pre-registration period that leads to a series of College of Optometrist exams through the Scheme for Registration. Success in the College's exams earns you the qualification MCOptom (Member of the College of Optometrists) and allows you to register with the GOC as a fully qualified optometrist. Entry to pre-registration training is regulated by the GOC and minimum entry requirements apply - visit their website for more information.
The Pre-Registration period involves working in-practice, being supported by supervisors, and taking a number of assessments. You will be responsible for finding your own Pre-Registration post, however the Aston Careers Team and the Optometry careers tutor will be on hand to support you. In addition, as one of the UK's leading Optometry courses, we are regularly targeted by the major high street optometry chains and other companies that offer Pre-Registration posts.