STEP® Pre-Reg provides a core foundation of support to Pre-Reg trainees through various modes of learning, including online modules. STEP® Pre-Reg is designed to promote independent learning and encourage positive well-being in order to allow you to develop into highly competent and skillful optometrists.

STEP® Mentor

Direct help from a newly qualified STEP® mentor in a WhatsApp group. Trainees have the ability to ask questions, network with fellow colleagues and discuss the varying elements of their pre-registration experience.

Introductory Webinar

This webinar is specifically designed to welcome you to STEP® Pre-Reg. Full of helpful hints and tips, this interactive webinar will start you on your STEP® Pre-Reg journey.

Online Learning

Access to online learning when YOU need it. An online learning journey with modules designed to support and encourage self-directed learning aiming to assist with competency based assessment preparation. Move through the learning at the pace that suits your pre-registration journey. No expiry dates or deadlines!

Virtual Classes

Learn from the comfort of your own home by participating in our virtual classes delivered to complement the scheme for registration. These are interactive classes hosted by the STEP® faculty team and provide chances to ask questions and embed knowledge and understanding.

Osce Course

Have the opportunity to attend the sought after Mock OSCE Preparation course delivered by senior faculty members, where you are able to attain a real life experience and receive invaluable one to one feedback in preparation for the final examination.

Educational Resources

Access to a large bank of educational resources and digital learning material that supports learning and the scheme for registration.


To secure a place on STEP® Pre-Reg, you need to engage with the activities on offer within STEP® Student. Participation in these activities earns credits - the students across all of the participating universities who earn sufficient credits are offered a place on STEP® Pre-Reg. There is no other route in - so be sure to engage as an undergraduate should you want to secure an invitation for STEP® Pre-Reg!

  • “The STEP® programme is an invaluable resource. There is an abundance of resources, quizzes and virtual classes that are easily accessible....I cannot think of a more successful and robust network of support available for Optometry Students”

    Fraser Ness BSc (Hons) MCOptom STEP® Mentor 2018-2019

  • “One of the highlights would have to be the support and extra knowledge I gained while on STEP®. Had I not been on STEP®, I wouldn’t be the same Optometrist I am today.”

    Hassnain Safdar BSc (Hons) MCOptom, STEP® Graduate and STEP® Junior Faculty Member

  • “Being on STEP® was an extremely valuable asset to have during my Pre-Reg year and this experience has undoubtedly helped shape the clinician I am today. The resources and virtual classes really help you prepare for your assessments and enhance your clinical knowledge allowing you to become a better optometrist.”

    Aaisha Anwar BSc (Hons) MCOptom and STEP® Mentor

  • “STEP® is different because it’s teaching you to be a better clinician. It’s getting you up to the highest calibre possible – that’s what makes it such a unique experience.”

    Sonam Ruparalia BSc (Hons) MCOptom and STEP® Graduate

  • “STEP® provided an invaluable experience throughout pre-reg and going forward in my career, shaping me into the Optometrist I am today.The knowledge and skills gained through STEP®, via its resources including virtual classes and support groups, built my confidence in the ability to manage a range of patients, practice clinical skills and provide proficient communication. STEP® enables you to provide the highest level of patient care whist performing the role of an Optometrist and I have applied this every day in my career.”

    Kamini Mistry BSc (Hons) MCOptom and STEP® Mentor



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