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 - ABDO College

Distance Learning Revision Courses



6 weeks or 12 weeks dependent on modules selected

Assessment method

The course runs online via the ABDO College Virtual Learning Platform. Students are assigned a personal distance learning tutor for the duration of their course who will mark their assignments and provide guidance. Students are required to submit one assignment per week. Successful completion is based submitting all assignments on time and achieving the average grade of 40% across the course.


6 week courses: £400 p/module 12 week courses: £600 p/module

Entry requirements

Students must be appropriately registered with the GOC. Overseas students need to be appropriately registered for the role they are employed to carry out.

Application deadline - the next intake is designed for those sitting exams in the Winter 2024/25 session


Course start date



The revision courses are studied by distance learning over a period of 6 or 12 weeks and no College attendance is required. However, students are assigned a Personal Tutor who will mark and provide feed-back on their work. The coursework is completed online and assignments are completed on a weekly basis.

The courses are available in the following subjects:

Ophthalmic Dispensing Year 1 2015 Syllabus:
Optics and Ophthalmic Lenses – 12 assignments

Ophthalmic Dispensing Year 2 2015 Syllabus:
Advanced Ophthalmic Lenses and Optics and Dispensing – Unit 3+4 – 12 assignments
Abnormal Ocular Conditions and Standards of Practice – Unit 5 – 6 assignments
Anatomy – Unit 6 – 12 assignments

Ophthalmic Dispensing Year 3 2015 Syllabus:
Refractive Management – Unit 9 – 12 assignments
Low Vision – Unit 10 – 6 assignments
Contact Lenses – Unit 11 –  6 assignments

Contact Lens Certificate:
CL Anatomy – Unit 1 –  12 assignments
CL Visual Optics – Unit 2 – 12 assignments
CL Practice – Unit 3 – 12 assignments

Low Vision: Optics (Paper 1)

Students sitting the ABDO examinations are permitted four attempts only. Before sitting their fourth and final attempt, the Association requires that a student follow a further course of sustained study. These Distance Learning Revision courses provided by ABDO College meet this requirement provided that the student submits ALL assignments in full and on time.
No certificate of completion will be issued to the student; however, ABDO College will notify the Association of all students who have taken and completed each of the courses.