Optical Assistant FAQs

Q – I have commitments at home do I have to travel much?

A – No the course is delivered completely on-line but your employer may require you to travel


Q – Do I need a computer?

A – You will need access to either a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone with the internet


Q – I have not got grade 3 in maths, can I still start the course?

A – The entry requirement is grade 3 in English and maths but get in touch and we can talk to you about alternative routes onto the course


Q – Do I have to register with the General Optical Council (GOC)?

A – No, not for a Level 2 qualification


Q – What happens if I am ill or on holiday for a teaching day?

A – If you can’t attend the class, you will need to make this time back during working hours and this can be logged on oneFile


Q – How is my work assessed?

A – In the form of written questions, reports, logs and case studies. The standard of your work will help determine whether you are ready for the end point assessment.


Q – Can you finish the course before the 12 months?

A – No the coursework content is covered over the full 12 months


Q – Do I have to sit exams?

A – No you have no physical exam to take, you have an end point assessment which is in three parts: 1) Direct observation, 2) A case study 3) A professional discussion. All of which you will be thoroughly prepared for.


Q – Do I get a uniform?

A – Your employer would either supply this or provide guidance on what to wear


Q – How many days would I work/study?

A – Four days at work, one day in the virtual classroom


Q – Do you find me a job?

A – All our live Apprenticeship vacancies can be found on our website. If there are none available we can help you find one or you already may know an opticians that is looking to recruit an optical assistant


Q – How much will I get paid?

A – This will depend on where you work, the minimum you will be paid is the national apprenticeship wage (currently £4.15 an hour for under 25 year olds)


Q – What hours would I work?

A – This will depend on your place of work


Q – How do I apply?

A – Visit our website www.training2000.co.uk and fill out our application form. Our recruitment team will get in touch with you to arrange an informal chat and talk to you about our apprenticeship vacancies. They will then put you forward for interviews

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