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Bradford College

Low Vision Honours

Qualification Gained
ABDO Low Vision Honours
Study Level
7 months Part-time
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Advanced Technology Centre


This challenging and comprehensive course is aimed at General Optical Council registered Dispensing Opticians, Contact Lens Opticians and Optometrists who have a specialist interest in working with patients who are visually impaired. The course will fully prepare you to take the ABDO Practice and Pathology, Low Vision Optics theory papers and the ABDO Low Vision Honours practical assessment.

The course has links with industry and speakers from such companies as Associated Optical to support your learning.

  Key Info

Whilst studying the Low Vision Honours course students should be working in practice and developing the appropriate level of experience in the assessment of patients with Low Vision. The opportunity to work within a rehabilitation centre would greatly enhance your experience and contribute to your development in this specialist area as well as supporting you in gaining ten case records that demonstrate competence in conducting Low Vision Assessments.

You will study the course by attending regular online tutorials using Microsoft Teams and Moodle as the primary methods of delivering content.

You will receive a ABDO full membership Registration as well as a GOC Full membership Registration. In addition to this, there are 3 professional exams (2 theory and 1 practical) which need to be successfully completed for you to attain the Low Vision Honours qualification. The course is approved by ABDO and upon successful completion students are entitled to use the suffix FBDO (Hons) LVA.

  • Low Vision Optics (Level 6)
  • Low Vision Practice and pathology (Level 6)
  • Low Vision Practical Workshop (Level 6)

Entry to this course will require you to be a qualified Dispensing Optician and be FBDO and GOC registered.

This course prepares you to take the ABDO Low Vision Honours examinations. You will be required to take both the theory and the practical examinations set by ABDO in Birmingham, where extra fees are payable.

The Low Vision Honours requires students to be in employment with a GOC registered Optical Practice.

Successful completion of this course can lead to career opportunities as a Low Vision Optician including:

• Specialising in complex cases within a hospital setting

• Performing commissioned Adult Low Vision appointments in a high street setting (subject to those services being commissioned in your local area)

• Performing private Low Vision appointments in a high street setting.


Course fees are £2000.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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