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Independent Prescribing for Optometrists Module 1 (Consists of two modules: IP1 and IP2)

Key information

Course Leader: Colin Davidson

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: on line, face-to-face and blended

Learner Hours: IP1 (scheduled approximately 50, independent 250)

School: Life & Medical Sciences

Available places: 35


  • 22/01/2024

Fees and Funding


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are set by the General Optical Council. You will need to have:

• A General Optical Council recognised undergraduate degree in Optometry.

• A current registration with the General Optical Council.

• Evidence of current experience. This should be in the area you intend to practice. It can be a supporting letter from an ophthalmologist, professional services manager or other person within the organisation you work for.

• Evidence of CET activity in your chosen area.

• Any relevant higher education qualification.

• Written confirmation of the type of clinical practice in the intended area.

• Identified a suitable ophthalmologist mentor


Please note, that to commence the clinical placement you must have been registered with the General Optical Council for at least two years.





Course Overview


Online induction session via Zoom/Teams


Module 1 Content – delivered online

Anatomy & Physiology



Pharmacology & action of ocular drugs

History taking

Methods of ocular examination

Infection control

Drug legislation & ethical prescribing

Cardiovascular, endocrine, and respiratory disorders

Misuse of medicines & antimicrobial resistance

These will be supplemented with online case discussion sessions and student forums.


Assessment (Remote online June 2024) TBC



The University of Hertfordshire currently holds full GOC approval to provide the independent prescribing course.


Learning outcomes

This course comprises learning outcomes defined by the General Optical Council (GOC). This is detailed in the GOC independent prescribing handbook which can be accessed here:


Module 1 Assessment (Remote online June 2024)


Scenario based computer assessment

(Weighting 100%)






Supplementary Admission form