More pre-registration students in the United Kingdom are stumbling at Stage 2 of the Scheme for Registration with males doing worse than their female colleagues, according to a study published by the College of Optometrists.

In a cohort of 593 enrolled between 1 June 2014 and 31 May 2015, 82% passed Stage 2 by the second attempt. However, that number is down by 15% in comparison with the college’s last report, which found that 97% passed Stage 2 by their second attempt.

The number of students needing additional re-sits after their second attempt increased by 14%, jumping from 3% to 17% in the space of a year.

The report also showed that female students performed better than males, with 11% more males than females defined at ‘struggling’.

It also showed multiple practices provided 85% of pre-registration training placements.