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Ophthalmic Dispensing FdSc


About the course

UCAS Code: B511 (View this course on UCAS) | UCAS Institution Code: C60

This course is for students who would like to train as a dispensing optician while gaining a degree with a strong focus on the workplace. A dispensing optician is a specialist trained to dispense and fit ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames and to recognise basic ocular disorders. The course is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC).

CCD to include at least 1 science at A level preferably Biology at grade C or above (88 tariff points) and GCSEs in Maths and English at 5 or above (A-C)BTEC National Diploma in a relevant science subject with DDD or aboveEquivalent qualifications are sometimes acceptedIn addition:

Applications are considered from a wide range of backgrounds and assessed individuallyApplicants from overseas are considered on a case-by-case basis.

In year one, you will be introduced to the basic principles of optics and visual optics that underpin work in ophthalmic lenses, dispensing and optical manufacturing. You will also be taught about human biology so you can understand how the eye functions in health and disease.

Year 1:

  • Visual Optics
  • Human Biology
  • Practice Management
  • Optics and Quantitative Methods
  • Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing

Year 2 builds and expands on the subjects taught in year 1 so that you can successfully transfer your skills to the work place. In addition, you will cover basic clinical skills used by optometrists and the basics of contact lenses and low vision.

Year 2:

  • Clinical Skills
  • Visual and Neural Biology
  • Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing
  • Optics
  • Work Placement
  • Visual Optics and Low Vision
  • Ocular Anatomy and Contact Lenses

Find out more about the course content, aims and outcomes: Download the course specification [PDF]

The course is a partnership between City University and City and Islington College, with the majority of the teaching at the College. Assessment is based on examinations, coursework tests, presentations, practical write-ups, practical work and practice-based assessment.

On completion, graduates may gain exemption from the theory exams of the association of British Dispensing Opticians and continue their pre-registration training to become a registered dispensing optician. You may also continue your studies to obtain an Honours Degree in Health Sciences or apply to join BSc (Hons) Optometry at City University, London.

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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