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 - ABDO College

Contact Lens Honours



Course Overview

Entry requirements

Applicants will be GOC registered 'FBDO CL' Contact Lens Opticians, having been CL qualified for 12 months or more. ABDO Membership is a requirement. CL Hons students will also need to be working in practice in order to gain the required patient case records .


The maximum course cost will be £800. In previous cohorts we have received sponsorship for the course, meaning the price actually paid by students is considerably less, however this is still being negotiated for this year. Invoices will only be sent out once the final cost is confirmed. Please note: examination fees are not included. For details of this, please contact ABDO Examinations and Registry.

Course start date

The Course begins with a 2 day block at ABDO College, Godmersham, Kent. This will take place on the 25th and 26th November 2019. The distance learning elements of the course begin after this point (detailed below).

Assessment method

The Contact Lens Honours course run by ABDO College prepares students for the Diploma in Advanced Contact Lens Practice examinations available from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians which leads to the Level 7 FBDO (Hons) CL qualification.

Application deadline

Friday 1st November 2019

Course Details

The Contact Lens Honours course is for you if you are a qualified contact lens opticians and are interested in developing your knowledge and skills to a more advanced level to achieve the Level 7 Advanced Contact Lens Diploma of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

The Contact Lens Honours course has been designed to guide and support those interested in attaining a higher contact lens qualification and to prepare students for the ABDO Level 7 ‘Advanced Diploma in Contact Lens Practice’ examinations. Students are expected to develop current knowledge, skills and experience in the specialist field of contact lens practice at a more advanced level than the Level 6 Contact Lens Certificate.

Examination candidates will be assessed on their practical ability and knowledge of modern contact lens practice including fitting complex lenses and advanced contact lens aftercare.

The five key areas of study are:
A.Toric Lens Fitting
B. Presbyopia Correction
C.Remedial Fittings
D.Current Knowledge
E. Case Records

The course contains a block programme (two days at Godmersham) which will include both lecture and practical sessions, astigmatic and presbyopic correction, remedial fittings, over-refraction techniques and case record formats. It will also address the various forms of assessment within the ABDO examination.

Revision of the theoretical element of the various subject areas will be supported by the distance learning programme. Students will be expected to complete four assignments on a monthly basis.

Lastly, a pre-examination day will involve a mixture of formats designed to assess theory and practical knowledge in preparation for the examination.

We will provide coursework material to work through and some assignment questions to answer for each part of the course. We will also allocate you a personal tutor and send you their contact details and a timetable for you to work to. There are 23 units of coursework that you will work through over one or two weeks according to the timetable. You then send your work to your personal tutor who will mark it for you and return it to you with some feedback. As the course is at Honours level, you will also need to undertake some additional research and read around the subject in order to gain a thorough understanding of the subject. You can expect this coursework to take you approximately 20 hours per week and you will need to be disciplined to make sure you keep up.