We are pleased to be working alongside you whilst you enhance and develop the skills and knowledge required to become effective and compassionate healthcare professionals.

Simon, lecturer in Ophthalmic Dispensing

How do you want to study?

Duration:

2 years

UCAS code:

B501

Location(s):

ABDO College
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Overview

This course is specifically designed for people already employed as trainee Dispensing Opticians.

This Ophthalmic Dispensing course, based at ABDO College, equips optical practice support staff with the skills they need to be effective, reflective practitioners in the modern practice.

On successful completion of the two year Foundation Degree Ophthalmic Dispensing you can progress directly onto the BSc (Hons) (year 3).

Why study Ophthalmic Dispensing?

Dispensing Opticians need to be able to interpret prescriptions (as issued by an optometrist or opthalmologist) to correct a refractive error of sight abnormality and use this information to advise patients on spectacles or contact lenses to improve their vision.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed as a trainee Dispensing Optician, for a minimum of 30 hours per week, under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional and have active support of their employer.

Students must become members of the ABDO and register their details with the GOC prior to commencing the course.

More information about entry requirements.

All about the course

You will be introduced to:

  • the basic optical principles of the nature of light, formation of images produced by plane surfaces and the behaviour of light when meeting different media at interfaces that are not plane
  • the structure of the eye, vision, the colour sense and photometry
  • the form and material properties of ophthalmic lenses and the behaviour of plano-prisms and prismatic lenses
  • the interrelationships of frame and facial measurements
  • communication with patients and a patient-focused approach to decision making utilising information in the workplace to support professional development in theory and practice.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed through essays, open book tests, work based tasks, presentations, practical skills, reflective commentaries, pre- qualification portfolio, web-based project.

Your future career

The Foundation Degree programme equips optical practice support staff with the skills they need to be effective, reflective practitioners in the modern practice, with opportunities to progress through life-long learning.

On successful completion of the FD Ophthalmic Dispensing you can progress directly onto the BSc Hons. At this stage you'll be offered the option of two routes to FBDO and guidance to make an informed choice based on your experience and marks at levels one and two.

The Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing will also articulate with related higher education study in optometry or orthoptics and for progression into the wider health and social care environment.

NB: The Foundation Degree on its own does not confer licence to practice as a Dispensing Optician.

There is a growing demand for Dispensing Opticians throughout the UK and in many counties overseas. Dispensing Opticians can acquire specialist skills in Low Vision or Contact Lenses by undertaking the honours courses offered by the ABDO College. Career opportunities also exist to develop business skills in marketing and practice management. Many Dispensing Opticians seek to run their own business by establishing or acquiring their own practice.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK/EU Overseas
Full-time Foundation Year 1 - new entrant students £6,165 N/A
Full-time Foundation Year 2 - continuing students £6,070 N/A
Top up year 3 (BSc) - continuing students £6,070 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

2 years

UCAS code:

B501

Location(s):

ABDO College
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