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Key details

Attendance Part-time
Duration 3 years
Code B504
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level FdSc
Start Date 07/09/2020

Course overview

The part-time Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing is aimed at those who are currently working in an optical practice, who wish to work towards becoming a fully qualified and registered Dispensing Optician. The FdSc (part-time) 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 5 and receive a foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing on successful completion. In addition to your foundation 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 Foundation 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.

 

 

 

What you'll study

Level 4 is delivered in Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 1 and Semester 1 of Year 2.

Level 5 is delivered in Semester 2 of Year 2 and Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 3.

  • Level 4 is delivered in Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 1 and Semester 1 of Year 2.

    Level 5 is delivered in Semester 2 of Year 2 and Semesters 1 and 2 of Year 3.

Assessment

Modules will be assessed by a range of methods including practical reports, written course work, presentations, written and verbal examinations. Assessed grades are subject to external moderation.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs (A* – C) including Mathematics, English, and Science.

 

One A Level (Grade C) or equivalent in a core science subject.

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

As detailed in the College’s Safeguarding policy, all students will be required to present a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate.

 

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Work experience

The Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing requires students to be in employment with a GOC registered Optician.

Student stories

"I decided to study the BSC Ophthalmic Dispensing & Management qualification following my A Levels.  Bradford college offered a great course which then lead me to a pre-registration period at a local Specsavers store.  I worked hard and progressed to a point where I now am the Director of the largest Specsavers store in Yorkshire!!

There are so many opportunities for Dispensing opticians."

Kiran Bola FBDO Director Specsavers.

Careers and skills

Next steps

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 go on to study the Contact Lens Certificate at Bradford College to train to become a Contact Lens Optician
  • You could go on to study the Low Vision Honours course at Bradford College to train to become a Low Vision specialist
  • You could top-up the Foundation degree to a BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing on a part-time basis over two years
  Many of our previous students have become
  • Practice owners / Practice Directors
  • Practice managers,
  • Account managers
  • Specialise in field of Contact Lens fitting and Low Vison.
  The BSc (Hons) and FdSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing offer students the potential opportunity to go on to study Optometry.

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Tuition fees

£3500 per year

 

This includes all theoretical exams fees.

 

 

Additional Costs

£44 Disclosure and Barring Service check

£30 GOC registration fee per year

£100 ABDO registration fee per year

£20 City Rule

£70 Facial gauge

In addition to this, there are 2 sets of professional examinations which need to be sat with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in order for you to practice as a registered Dispensing Optician

 

 

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