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The new Optical Assistant course is now open for applications

Suitable for anyone who has just started working in optics, as well as those who have been in practice for some time and want to formalise their knowledge, this new Optical Assistant course is a great way to learn. It offers a flexible way to train the practice support team, giving them a vital induction into optical education. Students’ knowledge of frames and lenses will grow, allowing them to develop what they can offer patients with growing confidence and knowledge.

The new course combines practical tasks to develop practice-based skills with online modules and workshops, the perfect way to combine study with a full time job. It is open to all, regardless of prior qualifications, and will start this September. Students get individual tutor support to ensure success. New optional workshops on repairs and pre-screening take place at the National Resource Centre in Birmingham. These workshops are included in the course but are optional for those who want to develop pre-screening and repair skills in practice instead.

This new course emphasises in practice tasks and practical workshops and provides a firm foundation for people to progress to the level 4 OA and OT courses and the ophthalmic dispensing courses. In response to student and employer feedback there are no examinations and no examination fees, but robust continuous assessment and workshops ensure that every student who completes the course is a high calibre asset to any optical practice.

The course lasts 25 weeks and costs £795. Apply now for a September start.