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Principles of Prescribing On-line CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Module outline and aims

The Department of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London has been providing modular postgraduate training in ocular therapeutics for over 15 years. The purpose of this training has been to provide the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to enable optometrists to manage ocular disease within the context of the legal and regulatory framework provided by the Opticians Act and relevant medicines legislation.

Candidates entering the full independent prescribing (IP) programme will complete a three module scheme (Principles of Therapeutics, Principles of Prescribing and IP) and complete the requisite clinical placement days. Candidates may opt to exit after modules 1 and 2 (following completion of a clinical placement) and qualify as an Additional Supply (AS) optometrist by taking the College of Optometrists’ Common Final Assessment (CFA) in AS. Alternatively, modules can be taken as stand-alone modules as part of the postgraduate programme in Clinical Optometry.

This University on-line module constitutes 15 level 7 academic credits and will be integrated into our modular postgraduate programme in clinical optometry. An APEL arrangement will be used to import postgraduate credits from the clinical placement aspect of the CFA to allow students qualifying in IP to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

Completion of Principles of Therapeutics in addition to Principles of Prescribing and Independent Prescribing will enable optometrists to be entered onto a specialist optometry GOC register for therapeutic prescribing.  Qualified independent prescribers will take responsibility for the clinical assessment of a patient, establish a diagnosis and determine the clinical management required, including prescribing where necessary. The training for IP encompasses the Supplementary Prescribing (SP) specialities.

You must complete or be in process of completing module OVM050 - Principles of Therapeutic, before starting this module.

Module dates

Term 1

NOV: Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 November 2020
JAN: Tuesday 26 January 2021

Module Submission Date: 26 January 2021

Term 2

FEB: Monday 26th February 2021
MAR: 3rd March 2021
SEP: 22nd September 2021

Module Submission Date: 19th/20th October 2021

Please note: This module is the online alternative to module OVM051. We are currently unable to deliver module OVM051 due to government guidelines therefore you may apply for this module in order to complete the Independent Prescribing Course.



Prerequisite knowledge


Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • You should normally be a UK-registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practise in the UK
  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council
  • Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist.
  • You must complete or be in process of completing module OVM050 - Principles of Therapeutic, before starting this module.

English requirements

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0