Ophthalmic Dispensing (Accelerated) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS

Course summary

Course Overview Our BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing is a unique, two-year fast-track programme for those in the industry who want to gain qualifications while working. The programme blends online delivery with week-long, on-campus blocks, embedding learning with clinical and practical skills. You can see how the knowledge from the programme can be applied in the real world within your workplace. On successful completion of this programme, you may have the opportunity to transfer onto the Optometry programme if you meet the requirements to a satisfactory standard. Please note this course is only available to UK students. Why study with us

  • A fast-track format means you start your pre-registration in your last year and you could be a registered dispensing optician within two years of starting the course.
  • You’ll have access to our brand new purpose-built vision sciences facilities including specialist dispensing and refraction labs.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn within our on campus Eye Health Clinic, equivalent to a high street practice and open to members of the public.
What you’ll do
  • You’ll be taught by experienced practitioners and visiting clinicians who help supervise and facilitate specific aspects of the programme.
  • Gain experience with volunteer patients, from visual impairment charities, who are part of the programme too.
  • You’ll be able to visit large scale glazing labs and you'll have access to specialist labs such as the Dispensing and Optometry Pre-Clinical space.
  • This course is accredited by the General Optical Council. They are the regulator for optical professions in the UK and set standards for optical education and training, performance and conduct. You will need to be registered them throughout the duration of your studies.
Future careers As a registered dispensing optician, with a BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing, you could start your own business, work in a primary care or hospital setting or high street optical practice. With further study, in specialist areas, or with a research degree, you could also have a career developing new technologies and treatment options.


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How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Must be employed within an optical practice and have a suitable mentor. GCSE English, Science and Mathematics plus two others at a minimum grade C or grade 4 (standard pass) equivalent + 1 year optical work experience. Or Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills + 1 year optical work experience + 5 GCSEs as above Or SMCTech qualification + 5 GCSEs as above BTEC: Considered as long as GCSE English, Science, Maths and two others at a minimum grade C/4 or equivalent + 1 year Optical work experience is met

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Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Ophthalmic Dispensing (Accelerated) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS