Ophthalmic Dispensing* at Bradford College - UCAS

Bradford College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Bolton

Ophthalmic Dispensing*

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Course summary

The full-time Bachelor of Science Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing is aimed at those who wish to work towards becoming a fully qualified and registered Dispensing Optician whilst achieving a level 6 qualification. The BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing will provide you with the skills to achieve Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and become a General Optical Council Registered Dispensing Optician. During this course you will study up to level 6 and receive a BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing on successful completion. In addition to your Bachelor’s degree, successful completion of your final qualifying exams will allow you to use the suffix FBDO (Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians). The course benefits from almost 80 years of combined academic experience of the staff team. All staff on the Ophthalmic Dispensing programme team are qualified Dispensing Opticians. In addition to this, members of the Ophthalmic Dispensing programme team are employed as ABDO external examiners of both theory and practical examinations and this experience of working with the Professional Body is reflected in the currency of the programme. Bradford College has excellent links with industry and students on the Bachelor of Science Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing have benefitted from visiting lecturers on a regular basis. These include: • Essilor UK Ltd Ophthalmic Lens Manufacturer • Nikon UK Ltd Ophthalmic Lens Manufacturer • Hoya UK Ltd Ophthalmic Lens Manufacturer • Stepper UK Ltd Spectacle Manufacturer • Alcon Contact Lens manufacturer Speakers from ABDO and the GOC visit the College annually to provide the students with information about registration and membership. You will need to register with both the GOC and ABDO as a student registrant during the period of your study. As part of their studies, students will be offered the opportunity to 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 gain valuable experience in all aspects of lens manufacture and glazing.


Modular Structure - Level 4: Communication Skills; Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing; Ocular Anatomy; Optics; Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing; Practice Placement; Prescription Analysis. Level 5: Introduction to Contact Lenses; Introduction to Low Vision; Ophthalmic Lenses; Practical Dispensing Skills; Professional Practice and Pathology; Visual Optics; Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing. Level 6: Ophthalmic Business and Retail; Reflection on Professional Practice; Research Methodology and Proposal; Research Project; Clinical Patient Management; Management and Leadership for Dispensing Opticians. A work placement forms an essential part of your course.

Assessment method

A wide range of learning methods is employed alongside independent study to build on and increase your knowledge. The course includes formal lectures, practical sessions and small group seminars. You will be assessed by a range of diverse methods including: practical reports, written course work and timed examinations. Assessed grades are subject to external moderation.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Dispensing Opticians, Association of
  • General Optical Council

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Can be considered with other Science-related Level 3 qualifications and/or relevant industry experience.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Enhanced DBS certificate for the Child and Adult Workforce required .



On enrolment, students will be required to apply for membership of ABDO (Association of British Dispensing Opticians) and register with the GOC (General Optical Council).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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