Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing - Full Time Option (2 years)


About the course

This course is for anyone who wants a career as a Dispensing Optician, and wants to study full time.

Candidates must have GCSEs (with grade C or above) in either Mathematics or Physics, plus either English Language or English Literature, and three other subjects of your own choice, one of which must be science-based.

Qualifications which are considered as equivalents such as those received in schools/colleges overseas are also accepted. Some of the above qualifications may be waived for prospective students who have worked in the optical industry or profession for 10 years or more. At the commencement of the course, you must register with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, and the General Optical Council, as a Student Optician.

The course covers the following main subject areas: Theory of General Optics, Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses, Theory and Practice of Ophthalmic Dispensing, Professional Conduct & Communications, The Assessment and Management of Refractive Errors, Low Vision, and Basic Principles of Contact Lens Wear.

Assessment is by written and practical exams in each of the above seven modules. Please note that the practical examinations are arranged for directly with the ABDO, with the relevant fees paid to them.

Completion of the course qualifies you to work as a Dispensing Ophthalmologist. On completion of the year two theory and practical examinations, candidates will be able to register with the General Optical Council, and to use the professional suffix FBDO.

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Working in Optics is very rewarding

Helena Stengel

Helena Stengel

Studied: Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing

Destination: Working as a Dispensing Optician

Helena Stengel came to London wanting to train as an optician after taking the German equivalent of A Levels. She was sponsored to study Ophthalmic Dispensing Theory at City and Islington is now building on her skills and experience by studying a course on contact lenses at the College while working for an independent opticians called The Eye Place in Belsize Park.

She said: “Working in Optics is very rewarding as you are able to give professional advice and expert customer care to clients. You also work a lot with children and are able to identify any eyesight problems from an early age.”

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