The FBDO (Overseas) qualification takes a minimum of 3 years to complete
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.
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.
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).
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 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 Students unable to achieve course schedules will be withdrawn with no refund.