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What is Stage 1 and how can we help you?

You should aim to gain in confidence dealing with as wide a range of patients, establishing a good rapport with your supervisor, practice staff and assessor whilst ensuring your practical skills meet the standards set.

You must be able to justify clinical actions and patient management – and this will include explaining any refractive correction, treatment or referral activity.

At least five days of hospital experience must be carried out – sufficient to complete the College hospital log book adequately and also ideally allow evidence for those competencies less likely to be experienced in a high street practice setting (typically the under 2-year-old and anterior chamber cells and flare).

The main requirement is the evidence for your stage 1 assessor to sign you off for all competency elements, and to be able to respond to any requests by the assessor for information to be sent prior to the visit. As part of this, record-keeping must be accurate, legible and meet the GOC standards of practice. It is essential to demonstrate patient consent for use of their records has been agreed. You must also maintain up to date knowledge of relevant subjects.

Out of the Box Optics supports you throughout your Stage 1 journey, starting with the complimentary Stage 1 Visit 1 Competency Guide that is available on request by emailing



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What is Stage 2 and how can we help you?

The College of Optometrists has recently changed the format of Stage 2 Assessments. You will already have access to the 108 scenarios, which cover the overarching competencies.

We will systematically deconstruct each of them, in a logical and helpful manner via a Webinar that takes place periodically throughout the year. We carefully select FOUR Scenarios per webinar, covering a multitude of competencies.

As and when dates are confirmed, the Webinar(s) will become available to book via this website!

Stage 1 and 2 are now available to book!

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Pre-Reg Student Testimonials
Would definitely recommend this course, the tutors were really approachable, friendly and helpful. The course material gives a good insight of what to expect in the OSCEs! – Preeya Kaur Daffu
The master classes were brilliant! Very insightful and a great way to know what to expect at the OSCEs. Definitely feel much more prepared now. The practical stations were great too. You get personalised feedback and can have another go if you get things wrong. The tutors were a lovely team and very knowledgeable. A course you must attend! – Moneeba Hussain
Would definitely recommended the Out of the Box Optics course! Passed my OSCE’s on the first attempt in March after attending the course. It was great to practice the Volk station and the technique they give you to follow helped me to score full marks on this station! – Ellie Davies
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