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As a clinical and dispensing trainee optician, you perform a vital supporting role within any optical practice team. Consequently, these courses are designed to meet the training needs of your role and deliver targeted learning together with a formal qualification.
You may choose either the Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant route, which specialises in aspects relating to dispensing, or the Optometric Clinical route where more emphasis is placed on test procedures and assessment.
After completing the University Certificate, you have the option to progress to the Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing, which leads to qualification and registration as a Dispensing Optician. From there? That's up to you
During our year-long course you'll spend about six hours per week taking part in tutorials and practical work with your supervisor, who must be a registered optometrist or registered dispensing optician. You'll further your knowledge with extra study in your own time and at the end of the course, your supervisor must confirm that you've gained the necessary practical skills.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
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