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Level 3 Optical Support – Learning and assessment


How does distance learning study work?

You will receive your course material and assignments via our virtual learning environment. All log-in details and setting up processes will be sent to you after enrolment. This will include your tutor details. All contact can be made via the online resource. You will work through an assignment each week. This is then submitted to your personal tutor. They will mark it for you and return it to you with some feedback. You can expect this coursework to take you between two and four hours per week and you will need to be disciplined to make sure you keep up.

What is work-based learning?

While you are studying for your qualification you will be working in an optical environment, either a practice, a laboratory or a manufacturing organisation. Your training consists not just of learning coursework but also learning in practice with your supervisor and colleagues. You will develop practical skills in your workplace to supplement your learning.


To complete at least four units needed to gain a certificate, the course will be approximately 26–34 weeks, depending on the units chosen.

Assessment method

Most units will be assessed with a final examination; in some cases there will also be a practical project. The usual method will be to take all written units in one go. Examinations at Level 3 last between 30 and 90 minutes per unit. Written examinations can be taken at a central venue or, for most units, online. Units 6 and 8 cannot be assessed online.