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 - ABDO College

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
  • Modules cost £1027.50 each and are paid at the start of each semester, meaning the costs are spread.

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

For more information 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. Four of the modules are compulsory, with the remaining two 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 2022, for example, Low Vision, 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.


Compulsory modules
Academic Skills Development
The aim of the module is to develop and enhance the skills you will need in order to search for,access and begin to evaluate the value of information for their future academic learning and
professional development. This includes the importance of referencing, plagiarism and an understanding of the range of library sources available to you.

Understanding Evidence Based Practice
The aim of the module is to develop understanding of the ‘evidence’ related to work practices and to gain a better understanding of the methods of enquiry. The module will enable you to
develop skills necessary to evaluate research evidence, keep up to date with scientific advances in the field and to prepare you to become authors of your own research.

Independent Study
The aim of the module is to enable you to undertake an independent study on a topic of your choice applied to an area of professional practice, using a range of graduate attributes.

Transforming Ophthalmic Practice
The aim of the module is to enable you to review service delivery in your practice environment, and to critically evaluate a pilot or small scale development initiative which will enhance service
provision. Transforming ophthalmic practice gives you the opportunity to evaluate service delivery in your practice and develop a project aimed at improving service delivery. This includes making use of SWOT analysis, Gantt charts, workplace audits and liaison with stakeholders. This module will also develop project management skills.

Optional modules
Concepts of Ophthalmic Public Health
The aim of this module is to enable you to understand and explore the wider public health agenda and to undertake a critical review and analysis of an ophthalmic issue in public health.

Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease
Dry eye has become a common symptom reported by patients and there are many different causes. This module aims to cover the current theories regarding the constituents of the human tear film and considers the relevance of the traditional tear tests used in practice; as well as evaluating more modern techniques for dry eye assessment and treatment.

Principles of Low Vision Practice
The aim of this module is to enable you to demonstrate an in depth understanding of the patho-physiology and assessment of low vision, the application of bio psycho social models to the management of people with low vision. This will better equip students for the increasing number of visually impaired patients they come into contact with in practice.

Principles of Contact Lens Practice
The aim of the module is to enable you to critically apply person centred assessment in the assessment and fitting of contact lenses and to reflect on and evaluate the role of the
Dispensing Optician in health promotion approaches and management of complications associated with contact lens use. This module will help to prepare those who wish to progress to the Contact Lens Opticians course.