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 education@optical.org 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.

Forms

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):

Up to December 2023, existing providers are required to complete either form 2A, 2B or 2C (dependant on profession or specialty) to notify the GOC of their proposed adaptation plans. However, we have chosen to merge these into one ‘Adaptation Form’ which is now available for use (from December 2023). This was developed to streamline our approach and to allow providers to include more than one profession/specialty together into their new, adapted qualification should they wish to. The merged form has been developed to cover the same areas of focus as the existing form 2A, 2B or 2C and can now be used by all providers looking to submit their qualification adaptation, regardless of profession or specialty.  

A guidance document was created alongside the form to provide support and explanation of what we are expecting in each section of the form. We recommend consulting the guidance document whilst completing the Adaptation form. Please find the merged adaptation form and the accompanying guidance below: 

Whilst we encourage providers to use the new merged adaptation form, we will still accept submissions using the previous Form 2A, 2B, or 2C versions.  

Declaration of Closure Form 

To ensure the Education department have a clear understanding and oversight of provider plans for all existing handbook qualifications, we will now be asking you to complete a Declaration of Closure form. This has been developed with the expectation that providers will complete the form to evidence their plans for teaching out any iterations of a qualification(s) that will not be adapted to the ETRs. This form will also be available for you to complete for the closure, suspension or teaching out of any qualifications and not just for those adapting. 

Evidence Framework

The Evidence Framework provides guidance for providers of approved qualifications, Education Visitors, the GOC Education Team and decision-makers:

GOC Evidence Framework

Templates

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):

Templates Library & Guidance

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

Decision form

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:

Decision Form