If you are entering the field of Ophthalmic Dispensing and want a higher qualification, this course is tailor-made for you. By successfully taking external examinations, you can achieve the Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. In addition to dispensing spectacles, you will be able to fit and supply low visual sharpness aids and carry out clinical measurements under the supervision of an optometrist. Your future role as a Dispensing Optician often includes a wide variety of management issues, as well as the supply of optical aids. We will familiarise you with the business environment, and encourage an understanding of practice management theory and consumer law.
This course covers all part of the ABDO syllabus, delivers the core competencies of the General Optical Council and will prepare you to successfully take the ABDO professional qualifying examinations to become a registered Dispensing Optician. You will need to register with the General Optical Council (GOC) and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). There are additional fees for the ABDO professional examinations.
- Communication Skills
- Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses
- Ocular Anatomy
- Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing
- Practice Placement
- Prescription Analysis.
- Introduction to Contact Lenses
- Introduction to Low Vision
- Ophthalmic Lenses
- Practical Dispensing Skills
- Professional Practice and Pathology
- Visual Optics
- Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing.
- Ophthalmic Business and Retail
- Reflection on Professional Practice
- Research Methodology and Proposal
- Research Project
- Clinical Patient Management
- Management and Leadership for Dispensing Opticians.
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.
A work placement forms an essential part of your course.
Your career prospects are very good. Dispensing Opticians are employed in the following areas: in an ophthalmic practice as a Dispensing Optician, in hospital eye clinics, in prescription houses, in frame and lens manufacturers and with ophthalmic instrument manufacturers and suppliers as sales representatives. There is also the possibility of you becoming self-employed.
Did You Know?
By successfully taking external examinations, you can achieve the Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. In addition to dispensing spectacles, you will then be able to fit and supply low visual sharpness aids and carry out clinical measurements under the supervision of an Optometrist.
Ophthalmic and Dispensing Optics course have been delivered at Bradford College for over 60 years. Read all about the successful reunion event on the Alumni pages of the College website.
- Registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) and with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO).
- Professional Examination Fees payable to the ABDO.
- Travel and accommodation for the ABDO Professional Examinations
- Textbooks and equipment.
Typically 64 UCAS points: Two A levels at Grade C or above to include one science subject (Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics) or equivalent qualification.
Five GCSEs including Mathematics, English and Science at Grade C/4-5 or above.
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A satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required for this course.
If you have a FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing you could top-up to a BSc (Hons) by studying the Level 6 modules.
Applications for the part-time Top-up should be made direct to the College.
The College welcomes applications from those who do not meet these criteria but have experience in the subject area.
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