Take your examinations at a time that suits you and your workplace, using secure online software to achieve your qualification.

Online examinations
No written papers, or travelling to venues

Exam duration
Most exams are 30 minutes

Pass mark
All of our exams require a 50% pass mark


Success rate
95% of our learners pass first time

First class support
Support throughout

Certificate or Diploma


Please note

From January 2023 the cost of the examinations is included as part of our course fees.

Only resits will be charged for, at £40 each and must be paid before sitting


In order to achieve a qualification for this course you will need to pass the examinations.

All of our examinations are carried out online in your workplace.  You will need to take an examination for each unit you have studied and these will be done once you have completed the coursework for each unit.

Each examination will take around 30 minutes to complete and the pass mark for each unit is 50%

You can resit any units you do not pass and any unit can be resat up to three times. 

Once you have achieved a pass in all your units you will receive a certificate from NCFE.

Taking the examination at work

You can find out more about taking the examination in your workplace by reading the Instructions for Candidates document below.  

Anyone can be your invigilator, but they must be registered with the General Optical Council and they must be willing to take responsibility to ensure that the examination is conducted properly and they must be able to be present for the whole time you are sitting your exam.  Invigilators can find out more details on this by reading the Instructions for Invigilators document below.

Booking Your Examinations

For most of our learners, you will see your online test dates on your timetable and on MyIOTA

If you are on a flexible programme where the dates have not been prearranged on enrolment, then please contact us to book

examinations@insight-optical.co.uk – telling us the date and time you would like

Please note that we do not currently run examinations on weekends or on Bank Holidays

 The Awarding Body

Our qualifications have been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and have been accredited by NCFE demonstrating their quality and rigour.  NCFE are an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators Ofqual.  This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification

Our qualifications have been accredited as Customised Qualifications and we have benchmarked the qualification’s learning outcomes and assessment criteria at the appropriate level (using a national framework level descriptors) to allow you to demonstrate the difficulty and depth of study.

On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement.  The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.