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 - ABDO College

FBDO (Overseas)



The FBDO (Overseas) qualification takes a minimum of 3 years to complete

Assessment Methods

Students must attain an average of 40% or higher and submit all weekly assignments in order to gain entry into the ABDO Examinations at the end of each academic year.

Application Deadline

26/07/20 - extended to 22/8/20. Online enrolment will happen before this point so prompt applications are recommended to ensure students do not begin studies late.

Costs for the 2019/20 Academic Year

Year 1: £1750, Year 2: £1875, Year 3: £2050 (all prices in GBP). Exams are not included. For details of examination process and fees, please contact the Association of British Dispensing Opticians Exams and Registration department.

Entry Requirements

Candidates require the equivalent to 5 GCSE's grade A-C (4 to 9 from 2017). These must include English, Maths and Science. Candidates with 5 years or more experience in optical practice can apply with just English and Maths GCSE grade A-C (4 to 9 from 2017).

Course Structure

Distance Learning: students complete weekly assignments online.

Course start date:

Year 1 and 2: 31/08/21 Year 3: 24/08/21


Please note: Students from the Republic of Ireland should complete the standard FBDO route.

This course leads to the gold standard award for Dispensing Opticians, Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

Practical Examinations take place in the UK, Australia, India (Chennai) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). Theory examinations can be sat in a British Consul in your country.

The distance learning 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:
Coursework – 32 units to be studied by distance learning. Students will be expected to study for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

The course takes three years and prepares students for the Fellowship Diploma examinations (FBDO). The course is made up of units of work, assignment questions and practice based learning.

All students should be aware that if their work is submitted late, reduced or no marks will be allocated in line with the ABDO College Late Submission Policy. Students unable to achieve course schedules will be withdrawn with no refund.

There are 32 weekly assignments to complete. The pass mark for each assignment is 40%.

In order for students to be eligible to sit ABDO theory and practical examinations, 100% of assignments need to be submitted on time and, gain an average mark of 40% or more in each topic.