Students celebrate becoming fully qualified opticians

Published: 11 December 2014 at 10:00

Students from our foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing have been celebrating after becoming fully qualified dispensing opticians.

Our students were the first cohort from this course to directly enter the General Optical Council (GOC) register as fully qualified dispensing opticians as soon as they graduated, without the need for further study or exams.

Paul McCarthy, Course Leader, said:

"After three years hard work, determination and dedication from staff in the Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences, as well those who have given tremendous administration support, I am both delighted and proud that we have seen the first students from Anglia Ruskin University directly enter the General Optical Council register.

"The new course structure is both demanding and challenging and it is a great credit to those students who have striven to successfully complete all that is required of them in order to gain their professional qualification as a registered dispensing optician. The depth of knowledge and understanding gained from the course will hopefully form a strong basis on which to further develop their career."

India Farrell, one of the graduates, said:

"The course was fantastic and everyone was on board and knew how tough it was because you are distance learning.

"Not being a student and being a fully qualified dispenser is bizarre. It's still a weird dream for me."

As Anglia Ruskin currently has provisional approval from the GOC, each cohort is approved on a case-by-case basis, following GOC review and approval of the relevant course details for each year. The GOC has confirmed that the current final-year cohort will also be eligible for direct entry onto its register of dispensing opticians and we're working to achieve full approval for all future cohorts.

To celebrate, our Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences organised a congratulatory lunch where every student was presented with a personalised pen.