Course Overview

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

Full-time

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

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

Year 1


Semester

Module Title

Level

Credits

1

Optics

4

20

1 & 2

Communication Skills

4

20

1 & 2

Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses

4

20

1 & 2

Ocular Anatomy

4

20

1 & 2

Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing

4

20

2

Practice Placement

4

10

2

Prescription Analysis

4

10

There are seven core modules at Level 4.   Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing is delivered over two semesters so that practical skills can be developed over the whole year in preparation for the ABDO Preliminary Practical Examinations at the end of Level 4.  Optics and Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses are maths-based and gradually build up the students’ numerical skills to the required vocational level.  Ocular Anatomy is delivered over two semesters to ensure that the students are able to grasp the varied subject content and terminology.  The Practice Placement and Prescription Analysis modules are delivered in Semester 2 once students have covered some of the relevant skills and theory in Semester 1.

Year 2


Semester

Module Title

Level

Credits

1

Introduction to Low Vision

5

10

1

Professional Practice and Pathology

5

20

1 & 2

Ophthalmic Lenses

5

20

1 & 2

Practical Dispensing Skills

5

20

1 & 2

Visual Optics

5

20

2

Introduction to Contact Lenses

5

10

2

Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing

5

20

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 Year 1.

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 which will take place once the student has completed their pre-registration period.

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

Full-time FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing students will undertake a Practice Placement module in Semester 2 of Year 1 (Level 4).  Employers support the College, the Placement Tutor and the student providing invaluable experience and work-based learning for the full-time students.  Students benefit from experiencing the industry first hand, working in an often fast-paced environment, working within a team and putting the theory into practice.
 
Full-time students are encouraged to source their own Placement to develop their employability skills.  The student is fully briefed prior to attending an interview at the practice and is given a placement workbook to complete with the support of their placement supervisor during the period of the placement.  Details of the workbook, its requirements and supervisors input are detailed in a placement handbook also given to the student.  The Placement Tutor visits the student in practice at least once during the placement. Regular reviews are conducted during tutorials and via telephone calls to the practice supervisor.
 

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 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.
 

 

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