Working with children and adults to improve their vision is a stimulating and rewarding career. Our course teaches the skills you need to become a dispensing optician, working alongside optometrists. You’ll learn how to dispense, fit and supply spectacles, and how to run a successful practice.
Studying in a small group, you’ll cover the anatomy of the eye and how vision and lenses work. You’ll learn how to assess and manage low vision, and about eye exams. You’ll explore how to manage a practice, enhancing your communication skills and professional conduct.
As you progress your learning will become more practically based and you'll gain hands-on experience. We'll encourage you to find work experience in your second year which can then be carried over into your third year where your work experience, if appropriately supervised, can be used as part of your pre-qualification portfolio for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). On successful completion of your studies, you will gain exemption from the ABDO theoretical examinations.
Throughout the course you’ll use industry-standard equipment in our dedicated dispensing laboratory and eye clinic.
You’ll also have the guidance and support of tutors who are active researchers in this field. Liam Kite, Course Leader and Admissions Tutor, was named Lecturer of the Year at the Association of Optometrists’ annual awards ceremony.
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When you graduate you can apply for jobs as a pre-registration dispensing optician. The preregistration period prepares you for your ABDO final practical examinations to enter onto the General Optical Council Register.
Once registered you can apply for jobs as a dispensing optician or a managing dispensing optician, and you can also specialise in the fields of contact lenses or low vision. By choosing to do further studies you may also train as an orthoptist or an optometrist.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a variety of methods to assess your progress. Besides practical, written and multiple-choice exams, we’ll use assignments, logbooks, lab reports, formal reports, case studies, presentations and class-based tests.
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.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Facial gauge - £60
PD ruler - £20
General Optical Council fees - £25
Association of British Dispensing Opticians fees - £100.
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
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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