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 - ABDO College

Fellowship Dispensing Diploma - Year Three



This the final year of the 3 year course

Course Structure

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 = £4600 - exams are not included. Students sit 3x end of year theory exams as well Practical Exams. Assessments are booked through ABDO Examinations and Registry and prices for 2022-23 are £240 per theory paper and £1470 for the full practical assessments)

Course Requirements

Students must have completed their 1st and 2nd Year of study on the programme. Students are required to be working in practice for a minimum of 30 hours per week under a GOC registered supervisor. Students must apply to the GOC for student membership and retain this registration, along with complying with all relevant GOC regulations throughout their studies. Students must also be ABDO members for the duration of their study. The distance learning element of the course requires some essential textbooks. The booklist is available at the bottom of this page as well as the prices and order form for ABDO College Bookshop.

Assessment methods

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.

Application Deadline

1st August 2022

Course start date

23rd August 2022


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.

The dispensing courses are periodically reviewed by the General Optical Council (GOC) who have recorded their approval of the College as a recognised training institution in accordance with the Optician’s Act.

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.