The General Optical Council (GOC) has withdrawn provisional approval from the University of Portsmouth’s Master of Optometry programme, which was effective from January 10.

The optical regulator issued a notice of intention to withdraw approval on December 9 and gave the university a month to appeal against the decision, which it did not do.

Students currently in their fourth year have been permitted to receive a BSc in Optometry, which will allow them to continue their studies and undertake a clinical placement under the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration.

The GOC is also considering a request from the University of Portsmouth for third year optometry students to undertake further teaching and assessment.