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 - ABDO College

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.

Course structure

Students learn through a variety methods. A combination of weekly assignments, teaching at the College as well as learning under an in-practice supervisor. Students complete 32 weekly assignments 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 with their supervisors to re-enforce and demonstrate the skills learnt.

Entry Requirements

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.

Course requirements

Students are required to be working in practice for a minimum of 30 hours per week under a GOC registered supervisor. Students must apply to the GOC for student membership and retain this registration, along with complying with all relevant GOC regulations throughout their studies. 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 and order form for ABDO College Bookshop.


Year Two: £6070 (including 1st sitting of exams) The BSc Hons course is Student Finance applicable. It is classed as a 'Full Time Course' - do NOT select 'Distance Learning' when applying through the Student Finance system. This will lead to the incorrect loan amount.

Application Deadline

1st August 2021

Course start date

31st August 2021

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.


Canterbury Christ Church University

An inspiring and welcoming community

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is renowned for academic excellence, a warm welcoming atmosphere and community spirit. It is a modern university, immersed in culture, and with a strong reputation for delivering high quality professional public service education.

The University supports almost 20,000 students at its campuses across Kent and Medway. It has a strong record for employment, with 96 per cent of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing their studies; a flourishing research community with an international reputation; and one of the largest number of courses for public service careers in the South East.

Canterbury Christ Church University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and diversity and widening participation. The University ensures that all its members are valued for their qualities, skills, experience, abilities and contribution to the organisation in their learning.


ABDO College specialises in the provision Ophthalmic Dispensing 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 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 weekly units and specific degree modules assessed via essays, exams and other academic means. Students will be expected to study for a minimum 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

The dispensing courses are periodically reviewed by the General Optical Council (GOC) who have
recorded their approval of the College as a recognised training institution in accordance with the
Optician’s Act.