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Ophthalmic Dispensing FdSc

Train to be a dispensing optician, or progress to an optometry degree.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

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UCAS Code: B511 (View this course on UCAS)
UCAS Institution Code: C60
Level: 5
Duration: 2 years, full time, 4 days per week
Location: Centre for Applied Sciences
UK/EU fees: £9,000 per year (for a September 2014 start)
International fees: £tbc

What is this course about?

This course leads to a career as a dispensing optician – a specialist trained to dispense and fit spectacles and contact lenses, and to recognise basic ocular disorders. The course is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC).

• Increase your employability with a course that has a graduate employment rate of nearly 100%
• Benefit from industry-standard equipment at our Centre of Excellence for Applied Optics
• Develop the skills employers demand through this GOC-accredited course (General Optical Council)

You will participate in lectures and laboratory work and will do at least 25 days of work experience as an optical assistant in a practice. 
You will learn from experts including qualified professionals with many years of experience working as a Dispensing Optician 
and a Contact Lens Optician.

Who is this course for?

If you are looking for an ophthalmic dispensing course in London, and would like a career as a dispensing optician, this course is for you. This career is suited to those who enjoy working with people. This Foundation Degree also provides a route to an optometry degree.

What do I need to get on the course?

  • 180 UCAS points including A Level Biology at grade C or above and two other A Levels at grade A–D, one of which must be a science subject or Maths (typical offer is CDD).
  • BTEC National Diploma in a relevant science subject with minimum MMP overall.

In addition:

  • GCSE passes at grade C or above in Maths or Physics, one other science subject, English Language or Literature, and any two other subjects.

Applicants who do not meet these entry criteria will be considered based on equivalent qualifications, previous experience, a College assessment and an applicant interview.

For International Students

Overseas qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: An overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component
  • TOEFL: 110 internet-based total

What will I study?

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 learn about human biology so you can understand how the eye functions in health and disease. You will also study practice management.

1st Year
• Analytical Methods for Engineers
• Engineering Science
• Health, Safety and Risk Assessment in Engineering
• Mechanical Principles and Applications

Year two builds on the subjects introduced in year one as well as covering basic clinical skills used by optometrists and the basics of contact lenses and low vision. The course includes a work placement.

2nd Year
• Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
• Manufacturing Process
• Computer-aided Machining
• Research Project

What qualification will I get?

You will get a Foundation Degree Science in Ophthalmic Dispensing.

What can I do after the course?

On completion, you may gain exemption from the theory exams of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and continue your pre-registration training to become a registered dispensing optician. You may also continue your studies to obtain an honours degree in Advanced Dispensing (one year) or Optometry (minimum two years).

How do I get on the course?

Click here to apply for this course

View this course on UCAS

International students click here

If you require further information about the course, please email