Would you like to be a Shift Leader? Applications Open Tuesday 7th March.


Pre-Registration Programme

  • Launch your career

    in healthcare with us, and start putting your degree to work

    2 colleagues looking at the spectacle frames aisle
  • Launch your career

    in healthcare with us, and start putting your degree to work

    An Optometrist performing an eye test
  • Launch your career

    in healthcare with us, and start putting your degree to work

    3 colleagues at Pharmacy section of store

Key information

Typical Shifts: Various

Salary Range: Competitive

Locations: Nationwide

Becoming a Tesco Pre-registration Optometrist is a brilliant way to launch your career as an optometrist; over the years, many of our pre-registration trainees have stayed with us after qualifying and enjoyed long and successful careers with Tesco.

Our structured 12-month programmes follow professional guidelines. We’ve designed them to be challenging and supportive, while enabling you to experience pharmacy or optometry in a fast-paced and exciting supermarket environment.

This is a chance to develop what you’ve learned during your degree, put it all into practice, and complete the steps you need to become a successful healthcare professional.

We will no longer be offering a Tesco Pharmacy Pre-registration programme whilst we focus on developing a comprehensive management programme for our pharmacists and continue to support the learning and development of our staff.

You’ll be someone who puts people at the heart of everything you do:

  • Talking to colleagues to share ideas and best practice
  • Creating team spirit and building relationships beyond the store
  • Being warm and welcoming with colleagues and customers
  • Building relationships and taking time to recognise others
  • Always looking for better ways of working
  • Acting on what’s right for colleagues and customers
  • Thriving on change and taking people with you to deliver it
  • Giving your best, and then exceeding expectations
  • Communicating effectively with colleagues, programme tutors / supervisors, managers and stakeholders

To apply for a Pre-Registration Optometrist place, you must be in the process of completing a degree in Optometry from a recognised UK School of Optometry with a minimum 2:2 classification.

This is a hands-on professional role, out on the store floor and working as part of a team to serve our customers.

During the course your tutor or supervisor will assess you, help you get your skills up to a level that meet the performance standards and support you as you prepare for the registration examination. The programme will give you plenty of practical experience. As well as attending Tesco leadership training, you will also receive the following:

The Optometrist programme includes:

  • An induction to Tesco Opticians and specifically tailored training days
  • Structured coursework, and support with OSCE preparation and Stage 1 and 2 assessments
  • Access to our basic leadership training programme
  • College of Optometrists Scheme for Registration fees
  • Hospital placement fees, including travel and accommodation

As a Pre-Registration Optometrist, the people you’ll work with every day are:

  • Your programme supervisor
  • Your Opticians Manager
  • Your Optical colleagues
  • Your customers

To apply for a place on our Pre-Registration Programme you have to want to put customers first. If you’re excited by the chance of using your degree knowledge to make a difference for our customers, then this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

If you have the right qualities and meet the academic criteria above, then we’d love to hear from you.

You should also be prepared to relocate, as we’ll be offering positions anywhere across the UK.