Ophthalmic Dispensing* at Bradford College - UCAS

Ophthalmic Dispensing*

Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

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Course summary

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This excellent course covers all parts of the ABDO syllabus, teaches you the core competencies of the General Optical Council and will fully prepare you to successfully take the ABDO professional qualifying examinations to become a registered Dispensing Optician. You must register with the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). On completion of the course, you will be in a position to progress to: the role of a Dispensing Optician in a private practice, in the NHS or in a large multiple organisation; a management position in an organisation; employment with lens and frame manufacturers. You could top-up the Foundation degree to a BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing on a part-time basis over two years. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.

Course details


The course is structured over a three-year, part-time day release programme, allowing flexibility in terms of employment, placement and independent study. You must register with the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Association of Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). There are additional fees for the ABDO professional examinations. Level 4 modules: Communication Skills Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses Ocular Anatomy Optics Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing Mathematics for Dispensing Opticians Prescription Analysis. Level 5 modules: Introduction to Contact Lenses Introduction to Low Vision Ophthalmic Lenses Practical Dispensing Skills Professional Practice and Pathology Visual Optics Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing.

Assessment method

Modules will be assessed by a range of methods including: practical reports, written course work and timed examinations. Assessed grades are subject to external moderation. A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the programme including the following: small group discussions; seminars, tutorials and practical sessions; group work; self-directed learning; independent and group projects; lectures; VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) based exercises; presentations; workshops. Students will be expected to engage in in reflective activity at all levels of the programme, learning how to engage in reflection on and in practice. They will additionally be expected to undertake a wide range of personal reading from sources provided on the VLE, Moodle and through library based research. As part of their studies, students will visit an optical manufacturer to complete Case Record 51 - a compulsory part of their pre-registration period. This is organised by the College where students are able to gain valuable experience in all aspects of lens manufacture and glazing and will take place in their second year. Full-time students are encouraged to do a work placement in Year 1 to give invaluable practice experience which underpins the theoretical modules delivered at this level. If students have difficulty finding a placement, tutors will endeavour to place the student in a suitable optical practice. Non-assessed practical workshops timetabled at each level encourage professionalism and allow the student to prepare for the Professional Practical Qualifying examinations with ABDO. On successful completion of these examinations, graduates will be awarded the Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO).

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Dispensing Opticians, Association of
  • General Optical Council

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level D One A Level (Grade D) or equivalent qualification in a core science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP Science subject required.
Access to HE Diploma Pass required
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade C/4 minimum including English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

All candidates wishing to study via the part-time route must be in full-time employment with a GOC (General Optical Council) registered Optician. Applications from candidates who do not meet the academic criteria for entry but have experience in the subject area are welcomed. These applicants will follow relevant RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning) procedures.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


On enrolment, students must have membership with ABDO and be registered with the GOC.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 Year 1
Scotland £8750 Year 1
Wales £8750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.
Ophthalmic Dispensing* at Bradford College - UCAS