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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Personal & Professional Development C

Unit code OPTO31200
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Personal & Professional Development B OPTO20200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The aim of this unit is to equip the student to be in supervised clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

Following course completion the student will be able to:


•       Outline the legislation surrounding the practice of optometry and apply it to own practice

•       Outline key obligations under the NHS and GOS, find appropriate guidance and apply to own practice

•       Discuss professional boundaries, supervision, communication, record keeping, conflicts of interest, evidence          based practice, confidentiality, competence, culture, consent, equality, diversity, reflective practice, public                health and whistleblowing and apply these concepts to their practice

•       Find appropriate referral pathways/criteria and show how to refer a patient 

•       Describe clinical governance in optometry and apply to own practice

             •       Outline the role and nature of UK Optical Bodies

             •       Find information regarding post-registration qualification and CET requirements

            •       Apply the GOC standards for optical students to their work


•       Communication with patients and other health care professionals (including handling complaints and                  professional boundaries)

•       Managing patient groups with specific needs (e.g. patient with learning disabilities)

•       Making management decisions (with specific reference to College of Optometrists guidelines, shared care         and local referral protocols)

•       Producing clear and accurate clinical records

             •       Clinical governance in optometry (Quality in Optometry)

•       UK Optical bodies

•       Legislation surrounding the practice of optometry (e.g. Opticians Act, Consumer Law, Health and Safety              Law)

•       General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) claims and compliance

•       GOC standards for optical students

•       Consent and confidentiality

•       Equality and Diversity

•       Culture and Ethnicity

             •       Conflicts of interest and Whistleblowing

•       Reflective practice and working within competence

•       Evidence based practice

•       Healthy Living Optometry Practices (HLOP)

•       Consent and confidentiality

            •        Post registration qualifications 

Teaching and learning methods

Live and podcast lectures

Problem based learning



Employability skills

The seminars, scenarios, lectures and online content will lead to the development of the following transferable skills: Communication, Initiative, Leadership, Organisation Problem solving, Teamwork.

Assessment methods

Assessment of and feedback on reflective log from semester 1. Feedback during PBL session and seminars.


Submission of reflective log covering clinical experience in final year (70%). Assessed contribution to PBL sessions (30%).

Feedback methods

During PBL session and seminars.

Recommended reading

Each learning experience has online reading resources provided.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
William Holmes Unit coordinator

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