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Bradford College

Ophthalmic Dispensing*

UCAS Code: B503

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


One subject must be Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Science.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five subjects at grade C/4 minimum to include English, Mathematics and Science .

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Must be in Science.

UCAS Tariff


Must include a Level 3 qualification in a Science subject, plus GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 minimum

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2020

Other options

2.0 years | Part-time | 2020


Ophthalmic dispensing

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 legislation concerning consumer law. This course covers all parts of the ABDO syllabus, delivers the core competencies of the General Optical Council and will prepare you to take the ABDO professional qualifying examinations to become a registered Dispensing Optician. 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.

*PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.


Modular Structure - Level 4: Communication Skills; Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing; Ocular Anatomy; Optics; Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing; Practice Placement; Prescription Analysis. Level 5: Introduction to Contact Lenses; Introduction to Low Vision; Ophthalmic Lenses; Practical Dispensing Skills; Professional Practice and Pathology; Visual Optics; Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing. Level 6: Ophthalmic Business and Retail; Reflection on Professional Practice; Research Methodology and Proposal; Research Project; Clinical Patient Management; Management and Leadership for Dispensing Opticians. A work placement forms an essential part of your course.

Assessment methods

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.

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