Qualifications for Contact Lens Opticians
In March 2022, our Council approved new education and training requirements for GOC-approved qualifications in Contact Lens.
The new Requirements, effective from 1 April 2022, can be seen below:
Requirements for Approved Qualifications for Contact Lens Opticians
Applying for, or adapting, to the new requirements
If you are seeking to gain approval or to adapt an existing qualification in Contact Lens, please first contact the Education Team via email@example.com to discuss the process and for further information.
All the documents and associated forms and templates that you will need for this process are available below.
Prospective providers of unapproved qualifications in Contact Lens should use the below form (1C) and guidance notes to apply for qualification approval in accordance with the Requirements (1 April 2023):
Existing providers of currently approved qualifications in Contact Lens should use the below form (2C) to notify the GOC of proposed adaptations to, or teach out of, existing GOC-approved qualifications to meet the Requirements (1 April 2020):
The Evidence Framework provides guidance for providers of approved qualifications, Education Visitors, the GOC Education Team and decision-makers:
The following are a series of submission templates, designed to support current or prospective providers of GOC-approved qualifications to record and submit evidence to demonstrate how they meet, or intend to meet, the Standards for Approved Qualifications and Outcomes for Approved Qualifications outlined in the Requirements (1 April 2023):
Template 1 - Introduction to Qualification
Template 2 - Criteria Narrative
Template 3 - Qualification Diagram
Template 4 - Assessment Strategy
Template 5 - Module Outcome Map
Template 6 - Outcomes Narrative
Template 7 - List of Supplementary Documentation
Template 8 - Programme History
This form will be used internally by the GOC to track decisions for qualifications seeking to gain GOC approval. This applies to new qualifications and existing qualifications being adapted to the new requirements: