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Ophthalmic Dispensing Foundation Degree FdA

Canterbury Christ Church University

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UCAS CODE: B501

Course options

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Location

    ABDO College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-22

  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

Overview

This course is specifically designed for people already employed as trainee Dispensing Opticians.

This Ophthalmic Dispensing course, based at ABDO College, equips optical practice support staff with the skills they need to be effective, reflective practitioners in the modern practice.

On successful completion of the two year Foundation Degree Ophthalmic Dispensing you can progress directly onto the BSc (Hons) (year 3).

Why study Ophthalmic Dispensing?

Dispensing Opticians need to be able to interpret prescriptions (as issued by an optometrist or opthalmologist) to correct a refractive error of sight abnormality and use this information to advise patients on spectacles or contact lenses to improve their vision.

Based on their extensive practical skills, combined with applied technical and product knowledge, a Dispensing Optician will recommend the use of specific frame types, lens forms, tints, coatings etc, taking into account the patient's anatomical features to ensure a comfortable fit. It's also important that the patient is happy with the way their spectacles look, and that they fit their lifestyle needs. Dispensing Opticians therefore need excellent communication skills to work with their patients during consultations.

Dispensing Opticians work closely with optical laboratories who they commission to make up bespoke orders; and need to be able to carry out rigorous checks against the original specifications before final fittings with the patient.

Your future career

The Foundation Degree programme equips optical practice support staff with the skills they need to be effective, reflective practitioners in the modern practice, with opportunities to progress through life-long learning.

On successful completion of the FD Ophthalmic Dispensing you can progress directly onto the BSc Hons. At this stage you'll be offered the option of two routes to FBDO and guidance to make an informed choice based on your experience and marks at levels one and two.

The Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing will also articulate with related higher education study in optometry or orthoptics and for progression into the wider health and social care environment.

Application deadline

15 January

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A minimum of two A Levels. A combination of BTEC and A Level qualifications equivalent to two A Levels, such as a BTEC subsidiary certificate and one A Level.

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University information

Canterbury Christ Church University

  • University League Table

    118th

  • Campus address

    Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 14 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 180
    70 35%

    14th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.68 74%

    14th

    1

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