After completing an approved degree programme and a pre-registration year under supervision in a practice or hospital, you will be required to sit the profession’s entry examinations set by the College of Optometrist. Following passing of these exams Optometrists working in NHSScotland, must be registered with the General Optical Council (GOC) and listed with the Health Board within whose area they choose to work,. A full list of approved institutions and programmes in the UK is available on the GOC website.
In Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University offers a 4 year BSc (Hons) Optometry degree. The minimum academic entry requirements include SQA Highers at AABBB grade, including English, Maths and two sciences plus SQA National 5 Physics at A if not taken at Higher level. More information about the entry requirements for this degree course is available on the university’s website.
All students are required by the General Optical Council to have been cleared by Disclosure Scotland at the advanced level to work in a clinical situation in order to enroll on this course.
Once you have completed your pre-registration training and have passed your OSCEs, you must request a Certificate of Clinical Competency from NHS Education for Scotland which will be shared with the Health Board you intend to work in.
To practice as a hospital optometrist, it is recommended that you apply for pre-registration placement in a hospital setting. You will need to pass a work-based assessment and supervision by a registered optometrist as well as a practical examination during your placement. Following your pre-registration period you can register with the GOC.