Our Optometrist Programme

As a Pre-reg Optometrist you’ll receive expert support from your store team as well as the wider Boots Opticians network. Only at Boots Opticians will you have the opportunity to cross refer our patients into our Pharmacy and Hearingcare teams to offer a truly unique healthcare experience.

  • 1 Year
  • various locations across the UK

As a Pre-reg Optometrist you’ll receive expert support from your store team as well as the wider Boots Opticians network. Only at Boots Opticians will you have the opportunity to cross refer our patients into our Pharmacy and Hearingcare teams to offer a truly unique healthcare experience.

  • 1 Year
  • various locations across the UK

During the year long programme you’ll be in store with your Opticians team, spending time getting to know them and your patients too. You’ll continue learning through online modules, working with your Supervisor and attending learning days run by your dedicated Pre-reg Specialist, joining other Pre-reg Opticians from Boots stores in your area and across the UK.

Your learning and development

Our learning and development team are experts in providing the right course content to our pre-registration students. Many members of the team are Optometrists, Contact Lens or Dispensing Opticians and have also been store leaders, this perfectly places them to guide you through the scheme for registration.

Throughout your pre-registration year you will also be mentored by your dedicated in-store supervisor and given unique access to a suite of industry leading learning resources to help you pass your OSCE’s first time. This includes peer support groups, online learning and study days.

Your learning and development

Our Application Process

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Application

To be considered for a Boots Pre Reg placement, you will need to apply online. On application, you will be asked to provide your student GOC number and your top location preferences which we will use to help determine store locations that may be suitable for you. Candidates that select a variety of locations will have a better chance of securing a placement.

 

If you have any questions, you can contact us at opticians.recruitment.programmes@boots.co.uk

Application

Assessment

As part of your application, you will be required to complete a short online assessment to measure how well your current skills and behaviours match ours, this should take around 20 minutes to complete and will be used to prioritise your application when arranging interviews.

Assessment

Interview

Once we have matched your application to a suitable location, we will then invite you to meet a member of our team for a competency-based interview which should last no more than an hour. In most cases, we will arrange a face-to-face interview however virtual interviews may be considered if required.

Interview

Offer

Once we have completed all interviews, our store teams will then decide on which candidates they wish to offer a Prereg placement. Once we have issued you with an offer, you’ll have 10 days to accept, and then your Boots Opticians Pre-Reg placement will be secured.

Offer

Our Culture

At Boots Opticians we pride ourselves on providing care and development to all of our colleagues in a diverse and inclusive workplace. As a Pre-registration Optometrist you will have the chance to build meaningful relationships with patients and communities in which we are based.
Why Boots Optician
At Boots Opticians, our first time OSCE pass rate in October 2023 was 77% which was higher than the national average of 59%. We believe that by giving you access to industry leading development tools such as the Johnson & Johnson STEP programme, we will help you not just to pass your OSCE exams first time but also to become a more confident Optometrist.
Boots Optician
Your continued development is important to us. You will be automatically enrolled onto our 2 year Foundation Programme, which is designed to build your clinical knowledge and confidence and study towards your MECS accreditation as part of the first year.

Opticians stories

Ololade

All of my supervisors here at Boots have been incredible in supporting my revision and helping me to grow into a more confident optometrist.

- Ololade

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Upkar

I chose to work at Boots Opticians because I wanted to work for a trusted brand, famous for delivering great patient and customer care. I love working at Boots because we have the same values, and this allows me to be the leader and clinician I want to be.

- Upkar

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Meera

I have worked under great leaders who have cared about my development, created a supportive environment to learn, provided regular feedback and offered new opportunities.

- Meera

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Our Team

Meet our Learning & Development Team

Our Learning & Development team are experts in providing the right course content to our pre-registration students. They work closey with the GOC and College of Optometry to ensure you get the very best training. Many members of the team are Optometrists, Contact Lens or Dispensing Opticians and have also been store leaders, which perfectly places them in the right place to guide your through the scheme for registration.

Meet our Learning & Development Team

Meet our Learning & Development Team

Our Learning & Development team are experts in providing the right course content to our pre-registration students. They work closey with the GOC and College of Optometry to ensure you get the very best training. Many members of the team are Optometrists, Contact Lens or Dispensing Opticians and have also been store leaders, which perfectly places them in the right place to guide your through the scheme for registration.

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FAQs

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Yes, we encourage all Optometry students to look at our latest part time opportunities on www.boots.jobs. You can also register for job alerts and when a role that matches your requirements becomes available we’ll let you know.

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Last year we offered over 95% of our Pre-registration Optometrists a Newly qualified position. If you perform well and successfully pass your registration exam then we’ll aim to give you a newly qualified offer

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For your Pre-registration training you’ll be based in a store chosen to give you a breadth and depth of experience; supported by experienced supervisors and Pre-registration Specialists.

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To apply for a pre-registration place you can apply through Boots.jobs by using the search function.

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The scheme for registration will last for 12 months

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You will need to be currently studying or have graduated from university with a degree in Optometry. We also ask that students meet a minimum grade of 2:2 in order to be admitted to our pre-registration programme.

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You can contact us by email on Opticians.Recruitment.Programmes@boots.co.uk

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