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Optometry Progression to Pre-registration Period CCE

Optometry Progression to Pre-registration Period CCE

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

PDA - Professional Development Award

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Course Summary


This programme is aimed at students who have not achieved the required degree outcome, 2:2 or above, from their period of study in a UK based BSc (Hons) Optometry programme. This degree outcome is mandated by the GOC in order to allow a graduate to proceed into the Pre-Registration Period.

Success in this programme of study does not alter the degree classification that has been awarded previously. Students should be aware that the GOC allow only one attempt at this programme of study

The aims and learning outcomes of the programme are informed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) benchmark statement for Optometry 2015, the General Optical Council (GOC) specification for Optometry learning outcomes and clinical competencies 2016, and the University of Bradford Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.

Learning and Teaching Strategy

The Optometry programme articulates with the Teaching and Learning strategy of the University of Bradford.

A wide variety of teaching methods appropriate to the learning outcomes are employed throughout the programme. They focus progressively on student-centred approaches to learning, such that students are expected to take increasing responsibility for their learning as they progress through the programme, in order to encourage development of the attributes needed for lifelong learning and continued professional development.

Assessment Strategy

Assessment provides an evaluation of the students ‘competence in meeting specified objectives, but it is also an essential part of the teaching and learning process. Properly selected assessment tasks signal the importance of particular content, concepts and skills, influence approaches to study and help students to allocate their time appropriately. Constructive and timely feedback on assessment helps students to gain a sense of achievement and progress, an appreciation of the performance and standards expected in a particular discipline or professional area, and to learn from their endeavours.

The Optometry programme aims to select from a range of assessment methods for each module. All modules include both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessment has a developmental purpose and is designed to help students learn more effectively by giving them feedback on their performance and on how it can be improved and/or maintained.

Career prospects

Most graduates, on completion of the pre-registration year and having passed the Final Assessment Examinations set by the College of Optometrists, become registered with the General Optical Council to practise as optometrists.

Once qualified you can work in private practice, in hospital optometry or in optometric teaching and research. You will need an interest and ability in scientific work, in helping and communicating with people, and a measure of manual dexterity.


This enables students to: demonstrate that they have met the GOC minima in specific patient categories; achieve the mandated competencies at GOC Stage 1 in the professional framework.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed an Optometry programme within a UK university and been awarded a degree in either Optometry or Vision Science. Candidates who have left an Optometry programme before completing the final year are not eligible for this course. Students must be eligible to register with the General Optical Council.

University information

The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its...more

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