Fellowship Dispensing Diploma - Year Three
This the final year of the 3 year course
Students study via 'blended learning'. This refers to a combination of distance learning, teaching at the College as well as learning in practice. Students complete 32 weekly distance learning assignments (all online) and attend the College in Godmersham, Kent, for 2 residential blocks each lasting a fortnight, each academic year. Students also complete in practice tasks to re-enforce and demonstrate the skills learnt.
Year 3 = £3900 (this does not include exams - for details of examination fees please contact ABDO Examinations and Registry)
Students must have completed their 1st and 2nd Year of study on the program
Students must attain an average of 40% or higher and submit all weekly assignments in order to gain entry into the ABDO FQE exams. Formal assessment is then carried out via these 4 examinations, 1 set of practical exams, 3 theory papers. Students also receive an in practice visit.
26th July 2019
Course start date
20th August 2018
The third year course incorporates 32 weeks of coursework (delivered online) with four weeks of block release (2 x 2 week blocks).
Students must work in practice as a trainee Dispensing Optician under the supervision of a suitably qualified and registered professional for a minimum of 30 hours per week. A Practical Training Timetable will be provided to guide students and their Supervisors through the practice based learning elements of the course.
The third year course prepares students for their final qualifying examinations, success in which will lead to the Fellowship Diploma of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO). Please note that all ABDO practical examinations can only be taken in the UK or Malaysia.
Submission of assignments and continuous assessment
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 Students unable to achieve course schedules will be withdrawn with no refund.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.
Block release course studies
All ABDO College students in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are required to attend ABDO
College for two separate fortnights study each academic year, as instructed by the GOC. Failure to
attend for your blocks will result in removal from the course.