FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Registerable Award

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Train to become a General Optical Council-registered dispensing optician. Study by distance learning while you work, and on residential placements in Cambridge.

Ophthalmic Dispensing at ARU

Meet our Optometry and Dispensing Students

Hear why students love our Ophthalmic Dispensing Registerable Award FdSc course

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.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist facilities

In Cambridge, our facilities include:

  • 16 fully-equipped optometric consulting rooms
  • specialist facilities in contact lenses, low vision and visual stress
  • industry-standard equipment
  • a dedicated dispensing laboratory
  • the University Eye Clinic, a working clinic that’s open to the public.

Outstanding student support

Join our education community and:

  • learn from supportive, expert staff who are registered opticians
  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • develop your brilliant business ideas though our Student Start-up Support Hub
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

General Optical Council

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.


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.


"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."


FdSc Ophthalmic Dispensing

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