Are you looking for a satisfying and rewarding career in optics? Take the first step thanks to our certificate level, university accredited courses (level 4).
Any optical practice team requires a highly trained clinical assistant, as the role you play is vital. Accordingly, this course is designed to offer a formal qualification and meet your training needs with targeted learning. By studying in your workplace, you'll combine theoretical study with essential practical skills to give you the confidence, knowledge and qualifications you need in your career. After gaining a general introduction to eye anatomy, visual problems and clinical eye examination techniques, you'll move on to delegated dispensing techniques. Focusing on optometric clinical aspects, you'll specialise in the more advanced aspects of eye examination techniques and contact lens practice, addressing topics in colour, low vision and stereopsis, to give you the emphasis on test procedures and assessment that you need for your career.
When you've achieved your qualification you'll continue to work in your practice or in the Hospital Eye Service as an optometric clinical assistant.
We have one of the highest employability rates in the higher education sector and some of our recent graduates have taken up employment with Dolland & Aitchison (D&A), Boots Opticians, Specsavers, Vision Express, Optical Express and independent practices.
When you've completed our course you'll could also decide to study our Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing which leads to registration as a dispensing optician.
During our year-long course you'll spend about six hours per week taking part in tutorials and practical work with your supervisor, who must be a registered optometrist or registered dispensing optician. You'll further your knowledge with extra study in your own time and at the end of the course, your supervisor must confirm that you've gained the necessary practical skills.
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.
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We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
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