STEP® Student is the first stepping stone of the educational learning programme where you are supported across your penultimate and final year of university, and is open to all optometry students to join.*

*Available to universities currently involved in STEP®


Part 1 - Penultimate Year
  • Supporting Success Presentation
  • Educational Materials
  • Optional Research Project
Part 2 - Final Year
  • STEP® Student Interactive Webinar Series
  • Online Undergraduate Bitesize Learning Activities
  • Downloadable Resources
STEP® Student Credit Scheme
  • Interacting with STEP® Student generates credits
  • Credit Scheme used to allocate places on STEP® Pre-Reg
  • Available to students who show commitment to learning

  • “STEP® 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

  • “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

  • “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® 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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