What to study and where
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What to study
There are two professions which you can train for – optometry or dispensing optics.
An optometry course is usually four years in total, although in Scotland it is five years. The course consists of a full-time three-year (in Scotland four-year) degree course followed by a salaried pre-registration training with a practice under the guidance of a GOC-registered optometrist. Find out more information about the UK route to registration as an optometrist.
A dispensing optics course is three years in total and there are three modes of study to choose from. Find out more information about the UK route to registration as a dispensing optician.
Where to study
We have approved and provisionally approved programmes offered at the following institutions:
- Anglia Ruskin University
- Aston University
- Cardiff University
- City University
- College of Optometrists
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Plymouth University
- Teesside University - provisionally approved
- University of Bradford
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Manchester
- University of Ulster
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Highlands and Islands - provisionally approved
- University of Huddersfield
- University of the West of England