Train to become a General Optical Council-registered dispensing optician. Study by distance learning while you work, and on residential placements in Cambridge.
Train as a dispensing optician and take the next step in your career.
Dispensing opticians have a vital role to play in community eye care. Our FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Registerable Award course will give you skills in low vision and contact lens management, visual optics and ocular emergencies and ophthalmic lenses. It will also give you the chance to fine-tune your professional practice.
Earn while you learn on our accredited distance learning course, which features residential sessions in Cambridge.
Our FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course is unique. It’s accredited as meeting the requirements of the General Optical Council Scheme for Registration for Dispensing Opticians. On successful completion of the course you’ll be eligible to register with the General Optical Council as a dispensing optician. There are no further exams to take.
As this is a distance learning course, it’s perfect for professionals. We understand that you can't necessarily follow a traditional academic year. So instead, you can continue to work while you study – and apply your skills and knowledge in your own job.
You’ll still benefit from the support and expertise of our University community, though. The course also features four residential placements at ARU in Cambridge, where you’ll take part in seminars, lectures and practical workshops with your fellow students.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to work as a dispensing optician – or you might decide to continue your studies and join our PG Cert Contact Lens Optician or BOptom (Hons) Optometry degree. The choice is yours.
Achieve your goals with guidance from our expert staff.
Learn how to use the latest optometrical equipment in our labs.
Improve your skills alongside your fellow students.
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Our course is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC). When you successfully complete your studies, you’ll be able to register with the GOC as a Dispensing Optician.
Director of Vision Education Associate Professor
Our FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course is specially designed for eye care professionals who are already registered with the General Optical Council (GOC).
As an accredited course, it will equip you with the skills you need to work in an optometric practice as a Registered Dispensing Optician.
It can also prepare you for further study. You may be able to progress onto our BOptom (Hons) Optometry degree, or to study for a postgraduate qualification, such as our PG Cert Contact Lens Optician.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, such as volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"It really helped me develop, not only as a professional but as a person, I've really grown my confidence in myself ... it was a massive stepping stone in building a career for myself in optics."Max
FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing
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