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 - ABDO College

Distance Learning Revision Courses



Theory distance learning revision courses are designed to introduce structure and discipline into your revision programme and to help you understand the concepts covered in the syllabus.

The following courses are available:

Year 1 – From Jan 2018, 2015 Syllabus*

Optics and Ophthalmic Lenses (12 assignments)

Year 2 – From Sept 2018, 2015 Syllabus*

Advanced Ophthalmic Lenses and Ophthalmic Dispensing (12 assignments)
Standards of Practice (6 assignments)
Abnormal Ocular Conditions (6 assignments)
Anatomy (6 assignments)

Year 3 – From Sept 2019, 2015 Syllabus*

Contact Lenses [Dispensing] (6 assignments)
Low Vision [Dispensing] (6 assignments)
Refractive Management (12 assignments)

*After these dates please contact the courses team for revision courses based on the 2008 syllabus

Contact Lenses

Visual Optics (12 assignments)
Anatomy (12 assignments)
Practice (12 assignments)

Low Vision

Optics (Paper 1)

Students planning to sit a fourth and final attempt at any ABDO examination are required to undertake further sustained study. ABDO College distance learning revision courses have been approved by the ABDO for this purpose.


All of our theory distance learning revision courses are studied over a period of 12 weeks and are available leading up to summer and winter examinations sittings.


We will send you coursework material to work through and some assignment questions to answer for each part of the course. We will also allocate you a personal tutor and send you their contact details and a timetable for you to work to. Assignments are to be completed weekly or fortnightly according to the timetable and sent to your personal tutor who will mark it for you and return it to you with some feedback.

The revision courses are to supplement your revision programme and should be undertaken in addition to a thorough study of your coursework and practice with past paper questions. You will also need to undertake some additional research and read around the subject in order to gain a thorough understanding of the syllabus.


Distance learning revision courses are for any student preparing themselves for ABDO examinations especially those who are re-sitting or sitting their final attempt.


Yes, you will need to retain full membership for the duration of your course.


Yes, it is essential that you retain full, or student, registration as a trainee or practicing dispensing optician for the duration of your course.


There is no certificate awarded for completion of the revision course. Qualification will be achieved when you are successful in your ABDO examination.


Call us. We are happy to answer questions about the available courses from ABDO College and to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.


Call the courses team at ABDO College on 01227 738 829 (option 1). Any member of the team will be happy to help you.


For an information pack with details of the next intake, fees, deadline and an application form contact us by telephone, fax, email, post or via the ABDO College website.