Contact Lens Optician PG Cert

Postgraduate taught (1 year part-time, work-based)


September 2017


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.

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Full description


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.

Modules & assessment

  • Selection and fitting of contact lenses
    You will be introduced to commonly fitted contemporary contact lenses designs, their properties and their suitability for different patient types. Optical, physical and physiological considerations in lens selection are covered along with instrumentation relating to the selection and fitting of contact lenses. Contact lens material properties (soft and rigid) and their application for specific fitting and patient requirements is considered. You will develop skills in the methods to assess the fitting characteristics of lenses on eye for soft and rigid lenses, and the fitting of astigmatic and multifocal contact lenses is given.
  • Care and aftercare in contact lens wear
    This module is concerned with the care and maintenance of contact lenses for safe and effective wear and with the management of complications of wear that can arise. You will study the importance of compliance with the wear and care of contact lenses and the ways a practitioner can maximise this to achieve long term satisfaction with and safe wear of contact lenses is established.
  • Professional practice in contact lenses I
    This module develops the student's practical competence in contact lenses. Through work based learning, you will prepare to take the GOC clinical competencies in contact lenses which are required for registration as a contact lens optician. You will be engaged in supervised contact lens practice for a minimum of one full day per week throughout, during which practice hours and patient episodes will be logged. In the second trimester the placement will be audited. The accumulated practice hours, patient episodes and case records and the interactive discussion of cases with course tutors and fellow students will develop the competence in practice required for entry level to the GOC register with the contact lens specialty.


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. 

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a 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 and technology 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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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.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


Course fee information

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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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

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