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BSc (Hons) Vision Science

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Provided by ABDO College working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), the new BSc (Hons) in Vision Science course is designed for fully qualified dispensing opticians who wish to gain a profession specific degree and acquire graduate skills that can be applied to the workplace.

  • A unique opportunity for dispensing opticians to ‘top-up’ to a degree whilst still working in practice
  • Designed for those with the FBDO diploma who want a profession specific degree
  • A collaborative programme between ABDO College and CCCU
  • Online distance learning via CCCU’s Virtual Learning Environment
  • Study at a time that suits you 24/7
  • No travel or accommodation costs, no books to buy, no exams to take
  • Flexible timeframe – 18 months is the suggested time, but you have up to three years
  • Mix of assessments, essays, poster, leaflet, case study, workplace project…
  • Three compulsory modules and three optional modules from a list which includes contact lenses and low vision

Applicants should have the ABDO Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing (FBDO) qualification and have current ABDO membership.

For more information and to register your interest call the courses team at ABDO College on 01227 738 829 (Option 1) or email info@abdocollege.org.uk


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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.


To gain your BSc (Hons) you need to pass 120 credits, which is made of 6 modules worth 20 credits each. Three of the modules are compulsory, with the remaining three chosen from a list of optional modules. All of the optional modules will run once in a 2 year period so the quickest time period the course can be completed within is 18 months however you have 3 years in which to complete the required credits should you wish.

Your choices will not be binding and you will be asked again to select your optional modules prior to the start of each semester. The following diagram is based on an 18 month (3 semester) time period, however, if you wish to take longer in order to study modules that will run in 2021, for example, Contact Lenses, then you are welcome to do so.

There is also a ‘list’ version underneath showing the same information in a different style for those who prefer.