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WCSM Courses

FAQs

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No, you do not have to attend ABDO College.

If you have chosen the Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians course, there are practical workshops revision workshops available (subject to numbers). It is thoroughly recommended that you attend these if you can to get the best opportunity to learn.

If you have chosen the Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs course, there are revision workshops available and glazing workshops. It is thoroughly recommended that you attend these if you can to get the best opportunity to learn.

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Yes. It is essential that you are working in an optical environment so that you can receive adequate support from your supervisor* and colleagues and in order to gain the necessary practical experience. You will need the support of your employer to work towards this qualification.

*For Level 4 courses your supervisor will need to be a GOC registrant.

For the Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs course, you will also need to submit a project so it is a requirement that you have access to a glazing laboratory. It is highly recommended that you spend a minimum of six weeks within a glazing environment.

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Yes.

If you choose the Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills or Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles course, you will need to have a supervisor that can sign off your work and tasks. As these are qualifications that are assessed in the workplace there is no formal course to support it. Your learning and assessment will be undertaken at work.

If you choose the Level 2 or Level 3 Optical Support, Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians or Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs course, you will need to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Your study material will be provided on a ‘virtual learning environment’.

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None*.

However, for the Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians course it is recommended that if you do not have a Maths or Science GCSE you start at Level 2 or 3, depending on your experience.

*For the Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs course you must hold the FBDO qualification awarded by ABDO.

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No.*

*It is recommended that you are registered with the GOC to fully utilise the CET provision if you have chosen the Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs course.

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Because WCSM qualifications are not a registerable qualification, you will not be able to register with the GOC. However, it will give you a recognised qualification that can get you started on the optical career pathway.

The Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians qualification will give you the suffix SMC (Tech). It will not mean you are qualified to dispense as it is not a registerable qualification. However, it is the highest recognised qualification within the manufacturing sector. You may be able to apply for some exemptions  from Year 1 coursework of the ABDO College Fellowship Dispensing Diploma course.

The Fast Track Technician Training for FBDOs qualification will give you the suffix SMC (Tech). It will not mean you are qualified to have any more responsibility under GOC guidelines. However, it is the highest recognised qualification within the manufacturing sector.

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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.

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

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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.