Reasonable adjustments

Trainees with a disability can apply to the College to make reasonable adjustments to their assessments and/or examinations.

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If you have a disability, we may be able to make reasonable adjustments to your assessments and/or examination. View the Equality Act 2010 for the definition of a disability and more information on reasonable adjustments. Please remember that we can only make adjustments to the arrangements, not to the standard, of the assessment. Temporary circumstances that might affect your performance in the assessment, such as illness, pregnancy or bereavement, will not be taken into account. This is because the assessment date can be changed and we would expect you to cancel and book a later assessment.
For candidates with a specific learning disability, such as dyslexia, you will require a recent report (within the last 5 years) from an educational/chartered psychologist or a specialist teacher with a practising certificate, which needs to be undertaken in English after the age of 16.

Retinoscopy and ophthalmoscopy

You do not have to apply for reasonable adjustments if you wish to use a modified technique for performing retinoscopy in the work-based assessments or OSCE. However, you must ensure you are using an appropriate alternative technique for retinoscopy if you have reduced acuity e.g. amblyopia.

You do have to apply for reasonable adjustments if you need to use a panoptic indirect ophthalmoscope in your work-based assessments or OSCE. You should include an up to date spectacle prescription including visual acuities as evidence.



Applying for reasonable adjustments

To be considered for reasonable adjustments, complete the online form below. Alternatively, you can send us an email or a letter with the information required. Email your information to or post to Education team, College of Optometrists, 42 Craven Street, London. WC2N 5NG.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email and will contact you directly about the application within seven working days.  

If commencing the Scheme for Registration, the form should be submitted as close to your enrolment as possible to ensure you receive reasonable adjustments for all assessments. The form must be submitted at least six weeks prior to any assessment or examination for which you would like reasonable adjustments to be considered. Late submission may reduce the likelihood of reasonable adjustments being granted in time.  


Reasonable adjustments application form



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