Earn while you learn on our GOC accredited distance learning course, which features on-campus residentials. Train as a dispensing optician and take the next step towards a rewarding career in eyecare.
Dispensing opticians have a vital role to play in community eye care. Our course will give you skills in professional practice, low vision and contact lens management, visual optics and ocular emergencies and ophthalmic lenses. Our FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course is unique in that it is accredited by the GOC as meeting the requirements of the General Optical Council Scheme for Registration for Dispensing Opticians. On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the General Optical Council as a Dispensing Optician. There are no further exams to take with any other training institutions. So far we have graduated and had registered over 150 new Dispensing Opticians on our new course.
And because you're learning while you work, you'll be able to apply everything you learn to your own job, meaning you'll get the most out of your new skills immediately - and continue to use them throughout your career.
We understand that as a working professional, you can't necessarily follow a traditional academic year. That's why you'll do most of your studying by distance learning and take part in seminars, lectures and practical laboratory workshops during four residential placements at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge.
When you graduate, you can study further to be a Contact Lens optician, and with the highest grades continue your studies with us to achieve a BOptom Optometry degree.
Our course will equip you with the skills you need to work in a modern optometric practice as a Registered Dispensing Optician.
We'll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. You'll complete theoretical and practical assessments (OSCEs) throughout the course, and as well as case records, work logs and supervised tests.
We will audit your practice during your second year of study to make sure that you're supported. By this means we intend to encourage communication between you and our award-winning academic staff.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
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.
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