Further your career by studying towards the General Optical Council (GOC) contact lens specialty. As a GOC-registered dispensing optician, you'll build upon the training you've already undertaken, furthering your knowledge of the selection and fitting of contact lenses, care and aftercare, and professional practice.
Our course is delivered in a blended format, supported by supervised work-based learning. It offers a flexible, career-enhancing learning experience. Subject to approval, completion of this PG Cert and the assessment of clinical competencies will lead to entry-level registration with the GOC as a Contact Lens Optician.
The one-year blended learning course offers a theoretical grounding in contact lens practice, integrated with the development of clinical skills in the workplace. Students will cover theoretical aspects of the course through online tablet based delivery, supported by interaction with course tutors and fellow students via an online student discussion board. Clinical skills will be introduced at residential visits to the University at the start of each trimester and developed by experience in the work-place with the support of a practice supervisor. The up-to-date evidence-based course content, combined with innovative course delivery and assessment methods, will prepare you for contemporary contact lens practice.
Registration with the GOC as a dispensing optician with contact lens specialty will open up career options in the 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, and education.
This course uses innovative assessment methods to assess student progress towards registration. The development of clinical skills in the work place is assessed through completion of a work book detailing a series of clinical tasks. Theoretical knowledge is tested using formative online assessments. Clinical competence is assessed using videoed demonstrations of clinical skills in the work place, clinical scenarios to assess data interpretation and clinical reasoning. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are used to assess ability in the GOC clinical competencies.
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This course has a blended learning delivery. There are two residential visits to the University (at the start of trimester one and trimester two) where students will be given a grounding in clinical skills in the departments purpose built clinical teaching facilities and the University Eye Clinic. Learning materials are delivered online and accessed via a tablet that is issued to students at the start of the course. Learning in the work place is a key part of this course. The student needs to be actively engaged in contact lens practice for at least one day per week for the duration of the course, under the supervision of registered supervisor. Supervisors need to be GOC registered contact lens opticians or optometrists with at least two years continuous registration prior to the start of the course.
The course fee for the one year PGCert is £3950. This includes residential visits to the university (excluding travel, accommodation and subsistence), provision of a tablet to access the online course materials and log the work place experience. The course fee includes the in practice audit and examinations.
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