Due to COVID-19 we have made some changes to our enrolment process from 1 September 2020.

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Enrolment on the Scheme in 2020-21

As of 30 November 2020, full enrolment is now open for trainees on the Scheme for Registration.

If you previously registered for the Scheme in order to work under supervision in practice, you do not need to fill this form out again. We will automatically enrol you and send you a confirmation of your enrolment by email.


Eligibility criteria

To enrol as a trainee you must :

  • have one of the following qualifications:
    • a degree in optometry of at least 2.2. standard from an institution whose course is approved by the GOC for direct entry to pre-registration training, 
    • be currently enrolled on a GOC approved integrated Masters course
    • have successfully completed the Optometry Progression Scheme or Career Progression Scheme
    • have permission from the GOC to enrol on the Scheme for Registration as a non-EEA optometrist

You must also:

  • have a valid Certificate of Clinical Competence. Normally a Certificate of Clinical Competence will be awarded to all trainees who graduate with a 2.2 grade or above or who have completed the required modules of an integrated Masters course.
  • be on the GOC Student Register, and remain on the register throughout your Scheme for Registration training.
  • know the email address and GOC number of your principal supervisor(s). For information on supervision requirements on the Scheme, see our page on supervision.
  • know who will be paying your Scheme for Registration fee. For information on Scheme fees, see this page.


Next steps

Within seven working days of your supervisor accepting you as a trainee and of receiving your confirmed degree result, we will send you an email that will confirm that we have enrolled you on the Scheme for Registration, and that you may begin testing under supervision.

You must not begin practising under supervision until you have received email confirmation from us.

If you've not heard within 14 working days, please check the application status of your form via your online college membership account. This will explain if there is any reason why we are unable to complete your registration. 


Privacy statement 

We will use your information to process your registration on the Scheme for Registration and to contact you about assessments and the OSCE during your time on the Scheme. 

We will share your name, practice address, contact phone number and email with College assessors. Your listed Pre-Registration supervisor/s will receive a copy of all your stage 1 and stage 2 work-based assessment reports, including results and feedback. We will share your final results at the end of the Scheme with the GOC, including if you are removed from the Scheme.

For the payment of the supervisor grants, we will share your name, your supervisor’s name, your practice address and the dates during which you are being supervised, with the NHS or the body processing the grants on their behalf. 

For the purposes of marking your work-based assessments and your OSCEs, we will enter your name and results into our assessment software. This information will only be accessed by the College and the software company in order to process your results.

We will only share your work-based assessment and OSCE results with your employers if you tell us to. 
We may need to share your name with examination venues for security purposes.

We will also contact you to let you know about College events related to the Scheme for Registration

In the event of an investigation which results in referral to the GOC under its fitness to practise proceedings, we will share the investigation documents and your assessment records and information with the GOC. We will not share your Scheme for Registration details with any other third parties

We will keep all data about your time on the Scheme for one year after you have qualified and then we will delete it. We will keep your final results in relation to your time on the Scheme for Registration in perpetuity. 


Scheme for Registration Enrolment Form


Do you have any further questions?