Improve someone’s vision and you’ll change their life. Learn how to dispense, fit and supply spectacles with our Cambridge-based Ophthalmic Dispensing three year degree, accredited by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. You’ll find industry-standard equipment in our dedicated dispensing laboratory and eye clinic, where the focus is on practical application and problem-solving, including how to run a successful practice. Our award-winning lecturer practitioners ensure the course stays up to date and relevant to modern 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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We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
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 & 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, technology and engineering 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
General Optical Council fees - £30
Association of British Dispensing Opticians fees - £100
Facial gauge - £60
PD ruler - £20
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – Enhanced check £44
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.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your 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.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
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.
Students must be able to demonstrate capability in all the relevant General Optical Council (GOC) competencies at the end of their training. In a small number of cases, a disability or health condition might make it impossible for a student to meet the requirements of a training course or a competency required by the GOC. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our Disability and Dyslexia Support team (email@example.com), or our Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) where we can refer your query to the course leader.
Further details can be found here: https://www.optical.org/en/Education/Careers/index.cfm.
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 postgraduate 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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