Optometry Adaptation

Continuing Professional Development (short course)



Our Adaptation course is not a traditional one. It is a bespoke set of lectures and clinical practice tailored to the needs of the applicant and based on the recommendations of the General Optical Council. It has been created to support practising optometrists from within the EU/EEA region, who want to work as optometrists in the UK.

Full description

Who should attend?

Our course is suitable for optometrists who have qualified and are registered in an EU/EEA country, with a letter from the General Optical Council stating the need for an adaptation period.


This course starts in September for most applicants.

You will need to contact the GOC for assessment of your prior learning and experience, so that we are able to develop your personal course timetable.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

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

Course fees

As this course is bespoke, tuition fees will vary but are generally around £9,500 per year


Additional costs

PD ruler - £20
Pen torch - £10
Occluder - £14
Budgie stick - £10
Retinoscope and ophthalmoscope - £1,385
General Optical Council fees - £30
Optics Society membership - £5
Lab coat - £15
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – Enhanced check £44
Travel expenses for 14 hours of hospital experience: approximately £100
Estimated total over 3 years - £1,590

Contact details

For further information about the course, the application process and to register your interest, please email optometryadaptation@anglia.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Delegates will need to demonstrate suitable previous qualifications and/or experience.

Delegates will need to have IELTS level 6.5 and undertake a DBS check.

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