Course Overview

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.

 
The award benefits from the industrial and academic experience of staff.  Members of the Ophthalmic Dispensing programme team are employed as ABDO external examiners of theory and practical examinations and this experience of working with the Professional Body is reflected in the currency of the programme. 
 
All staff on the Ophthalmic Dispensing programme team are qualified opticians and are also qualified teachers or working towards a teaching qualification.
 
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
 
The presentations provide students with information on current developments in industry.
 
Lecturers from the ABDO and the GOC visit the College annually to provide the students with information about registration and membership.
 
Students are encouraged to go on organised trips to Optrafair (the largest Optical Trade Fair in the country).  It is held at the NEC in Birmingham and enables students to visit stands of optical exhibitors.  Students are able to gain valuable information from leading optical companies.
 
Students also visit industrial manufacturers, such as the Norville Lens Company, Hoya, Rawdon Ophthalmic and Optimum Coatings to gain valuable experience in all aspects of lens manufacturing and modern glazing.
 
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.
 

Course Structure

Part-time

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.

Year 1


Semester

Module Title

Level

Credits

1

Mathematics for Dispensing Opticians

4

10

1

Optics

4

20

1 & 2

Communication Skills

4

20

2

Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses

4

20

2

Prescription Analysis

4

10

There are seven core modules at Level 4.  Five of these modules will be delivered in Year 1 and the remaining two delivered in Semester 1 of Year 2.  Mathematics for Dispensing Opticians will prepare the part-time students (who have often been out of education for a number of years) for Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses in Semester 2 which is a maths-based subject and for the mathematical concepts in other subsequent modules.  Optics, delivered in Semester 1, is designed to introduce students to the basic optical concepts. Communication Skills is delivered over two semesters to gradually build up the skills to the required level.  Prescription Analysis in Semester 2 will enable students to analyse and dispense basic prescriptions.

Year 2


Semester

Module Title

Level

Credits

1

Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing

4

20

1

Ocular Anatomy

4

20

2

Ophthalmic Lenses

5

20

2

Professional Practice and Pathology

5

20

Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing and Ocular Anatomy are delivered in Semester 1 to complete the Level 4 modules and enable progression to Level 5 in Semester 2.  Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing has been designed to prepare the student for the ABDO Preliminary Practical Examinations at the end of Semester 1.

There are seven core modules at Level 5.  The Professional Practice and Pathology module will develop the students’ understanding of pathological conditions that affect the eye and the GOC Codes of Conduct which include a duty to refer.  The module follows on from Ocular Anatomy at Level 4.  The Ophthalmic Lenses module has been designed to extend and develop the knowledge of Ophthalmic Lenses gained in Semester 1.

Year 3


Semester

Module Title

Level

Credits

1

Introduction to Contact Lenses

5

10

1

Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing

5

20

1 & 2

Practical Dispensing Skills

5

20

2

Visual Optics

5

20

2

Introduction to Low Vision

5

10

There are five core modules in Year 3.  The Introduction to Contact Lenses, Introduction to Low Vision and Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing modules have been designed to introduce the student to more advanced specialist subjects required by dispensing opticians.

Visual Optics will expand the students’ knowledge in relation to vision and will enhance the fundamental understanding of geometrical and physiological optics.  Practical Dispensing Skills is delivered over Semesters 1 and 2 and will develop the more advanced dispensing competencies required for the ABDO Final Qualifying Practical Examination at the end of Year 3.

Learning Methods

Our challenging learning methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Workplace employment
  • Research reports and calculations.

 

Assessment

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.

 

Work Placement/Fieldwork

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

 

What's Next?

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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs (A* - C) including Mathematics, English and Science.
 
One A Level (Grade D) or equivalent.
 
Applications from candidates who do not meet these criteria but have experience in the subject area are welcomed.
 
Minimum of 20 hours per week employment in a GOC-registered optician’s practice.
 
On enrolment, students must have membership with ABDO and be registered with the GOC.
 
You will need a GOC-registered supervisor throughout the programme.
 
As detailed in the College’s Safeguarding policy, all students will be required to present a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) certificate.
 

 

Information, Advice and Support

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Fees Information

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