BSc Hons Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing - Year Two (Foundation Degree)
The whole program is 3 years. A 2 year course as your Foundation Degree followed by a final year at BSc Hons level delivering your BSc Hons and FBDO qualifications.
Students study via 'blended learning'. This refers to a combination of distance learning, teaching at the College as well as learning in practice. Students complete 32 weekly distance learning assignments (all online) and attend the College in Godmersham, Kent, for 2 residential blocks each lasting a fortnight, each academic year. The Degree program also requires students to complete module based assessments including exams, essays and other academic tasks. Students also complete in practice tasks to re-enforce and demonstrate the skills learnt.
Students must have successfully completed the 1st Year of the program. To those students already in the 1st Year, we recommend you apply early. There is no need to wait for your exam results before applying as we can issue a provisional place. Should you not be able to continue into this year, we will issue a refund for any fees paid for the up and coming year.
Students are required to be working in practice for a minimum of 30 hours per week under a GOC registered supervisor. Students must be apply to the GOC for student membership. Students must also be ABDO members for the duration of their study. The distance learning element of the course requires some essential textbooks. The booklist is available at the bottom of this page as well as the prices through ABDO College Bookshop.
Year Two: £5865 (including 1st sitting of exams) The BSc Hons course is Student Finance applicable - please see the guidance document at the bottom of this page for further details.
26th July 2019
Course start date
3rd September 2019
Foundation Degree / BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing Programme
This course is for you if you want to train and work as a Dispensing Optician, and gain a degree at the same time.
Provided by ABDO College working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, this a three year course. The first 2 years form your ‘Foundation Degree’ which is then followed by a third year on the BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.
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ABDO College specialises in the provision of blended and distance learning education for the optical
profession. The BSc Hons Ophthalmic Dispensing course is for trainee Dispensing Opticians working
in optical practice in the UK, Ireland or overseas who are interested in advancing their optical
knowledge to achieve a professional qualification.
The distance learning assignments will be delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE). It
is a requirement therefore that you have regular access to a computer, with internet connection, a
scanner and Microsoft Word/PDF software.
The course comprises of the following elements:
Coursework – 32 units to be studied by distance learning and degree modules assessed via essays, exams and other academic means. Students will be expected to study for aminimum of 15 hours per week.
Block release – four weeks. Students will be required to attend ABDO College in Godmersham for
two weeks twice each academic year for face to face learning in a classroom setting.
There are six, twenty credit, modules in each of the first two
years of this course. They are all compulsory. In the second year the modules are:
• Evidence Based Ophthalmic Practice
• Standards of Practice
• Advanced Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses
• Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
• Theory of Ophthalmic Dispensing
• Paediatric Dispensing