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Bradford College

Ophthalmic Dispensing*

UCAS Code: B504

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

C

One A Level (Grade C) or equivalent qualification in a core science subject.

Pass required

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade C/4 minimum including English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

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

PPP

Science subject required.

UCAS Tariff

32

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About this course


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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

3.0 years | Part-time day-release | 2021

Subject

Ophthalmic dispensing

The part-time Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing is aimed at those who are currently working in an optical practice, who wish to work towards becoming a fully qualified and registered Dispensing Optician. The FdSc (part-time) in Ophthalmic Dispensing will provide you with the skills to achieve Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and become a General Optical Council Registered Dispensing Optician.
During this course you will study up to level 5 and receive a foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing on successful completion. In addition to your foundation degree, successful completion of your final qualifying exams will allow you to use the suffix FBDO (Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians)

The course benefits from almost 80 years of combined academic experience of the staff team. All staff on the Ophthalmic Dispensing programme team are qualified Dispensing Opticians. In addition to this, members of the Ophthalmic Dispensing programme team are employed as ABDO external examiners of both theory and practical examinations and this experience of working with the Professional Body is reflected in the currency of the programme.

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

Speakers from ABDO and the GOC visit the College annually to provide the students with information about registration and membership. You will need to register with both the GOC and ABDO as a student registrant during the period of your study.

As part of their studies, students will be offered the opportunity to 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 gain valuable experience in all aspects of lens manufacture and glazing.

Modules

Modules Covered.
Level 4: Communication Skills; Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses; Ocular Anatomy; Optics; Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing; Mathematics for Dispensing Opticians; 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.

Assessment methods

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. A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the programme including the following: small group discussions; seminars, tutorials and practical sessions; group work; self-directed learning; independent and group projects; lectures; VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) based exercises; presentations; workshops. Students will be expected to engage in in reflective activity at all levels of the programme, learning how to engage in reflection on and in practice. They will additionally be expected to undertake a wide range of personal reading from sources provided on the VLE, Moodle and through library based research.

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.

Full-time students are encouraged to do a work placement in Year 1 to give invaluable practice experience which underpins the theoretical modules delivered at this level. If students have difficulty finding a placement, tutors will endeavour to place the student in a suitable optical practice.

Non-assessed practical workshops timetabled at each level encourage professionalism and allow the student to prepare for the Professional Practical Qualifying examinations with ABDO. On successful completion of these examinations, graduates will be awarded the Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO).

Tuition fees

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England
£8,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,750
per year
Scotland
£8,750
per year
Wales
£8,750
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bradford College

Department:

School of Applied Science and Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
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Ophthalmic dispensing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Ophthalmic dispensing

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