Routes into optometry

Posted in Emerging Talent on July 18, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

So you’ve decided that a career in optometry might be for you. But where do you start? One of the great things about this industry is that there are so many different ways into it.


You’re going to need to think carefully about your GCSE’s and A-Levels – most universities are looking for at least five GCSE’s or equivalent at grades A* to C including English, Maths and at least one science subject. Beyond that you’ll also need to do well in you’re a-Levels – universities ask you for a minimum of three, including Maths and at least one science subject if you want to study optometry with them.


If you choose to take a university degree in optometry there are plenty of universities that offer great optometry degrees:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • The University of Bradford
  • The University of Manchester
  • Aston University
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • City University London
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Plymouth University
  • Ulster University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology

If you take the university route you’ll complete your degree and then have a period of supervised training called the pre-registration scheme. This scheme marks your transition from being a student to a fully qualified optometrist. It takes place in a Specsavers store, with a number of assessments throughout and a final practical examination before you qualify and are able to register with the General Optical Council to practise.

The pre-reg scheme gives you the chance to practice the skills you learnt at university in a safe, supportive environment. We offer an extensive, industry leading scheme to support you throughout the pre-registration period. This includes events, courses and a library of online and written materials.

See what some of our current pre-reg students have to say here

You can see a full list of the pre-reg positions we have available here