Provided by ABDO College working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, this a two-year Foundation Degree course followed by a third year BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.

The programme is made up of two parts and takes three years in all. The first two years form the Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing. In the third year you have a choice of completing a BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing and the FBDO or just the FBDO. We will discuss the options open to you and help you to choose a suitable course when the time comes. In both cases you will complete the examinations set by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in order to qualify as a dispensing optician. Your initial application will be for the two year Foundation Degree

 

There are six, twenty credit, modules in each of the first two years. They are all compulsory.

In the first year the modules are:

Foundations for Learning

Introduction to Optics

Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses

Theory of General Optics

Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses

Communication in Ophthalmic Practice

In the second year the modules are:

Evidence Based Ophthalmic Practice

Standards of Practice

Advanced Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses

Ocular Anatomy & Physiology

Theory of Ophthalmic Dispensing

Paediatric Dispesning

 

The third year will depend on which option you choose; however, both courses will include Refractive Management, Low Vision and Contact Lenses.

The Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) courses are based around the ABDO Syllabus and the GOC Core Curriculum for Dispensing Opticians. Both of these documents are available on request from the appropriate body.

 

For further details, please refer to the ABDO College Website, as the following address:

http://abdocollege.org.uk/course/foundation-degree-in-ophthalmic-dispensing/



Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing Year 2 2017/18

Provided by ABDO College working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, this a two-year Foundation Degree course followed by a third year BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.

The programme is made up of two parts and takes three years in all. The first two years form the Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing. In the third year you have a choice of completing a BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing and the FBDO or just the FBDO. We will discuss the options open to you and help you to choose a suitable course when the time comes. In both cases you will complete the examinations set by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in order to qualify as a dispensing optician. Your initial application will be for the two year Foundation Degree

 

There are six, twenty credit, modules in each of the first two years. They are all compulsory.

In the first year the modules are:

Foundations for Learning

Introduction to Optics

Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses

Theory of General Optics

Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses

Communication in Ophthalmic Practice

In the second year the modules are:

Evidence Based Ophthalmic Practice

Standards of Practice

Advanced Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses

Ocular Anatomy & Physiology

Theory of Ophthalmic Dispensing

Paediatric Dispesning

 

The third year will depend on which option you choose; however, both courses will include Refractive Management, Low Vision and Contact Lenses.

The Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) courses are based around the ABDO Syllabus and the GOC Core Curriculum for Dispensing Opticians. Both of these documents are available on request from the appropriate body.

 

For further details, please refer to the ABDO College Website, as the following address:

http://abdocollege.org.uk/course/foundation-degree-in-ophthalmic-dispensing/

 

Employer Involvement

Employers are expected to take an active role in the selection of participants for admission. All students on the Fellowship Dispensing Diploma programme must be employed as a trainee Dispensing Optician in an environment that will provide them with opportunities to meet the GOC competencies and expectations for practical experience under the continuous personal supervision of a suitably qualified professional. The employer will normally sponsor the trainee by providing the means, the opportunity and the support for them to be successful in their studies. This contribution to, and involvement in, the trainee’s education is not to be under-estimated. Employers may contribute financially through the payment of tuition fees, purchase of textbooks, accommodation costs, travel and subsistence, membership fees (ABDO), registration fees (GOC) and exam fees (ABDO). In addition to this explicit financial burden employers must also contribute considerably in terms of hidden costs. In order to ensure continuous personal supervision of the trainee in practice there will be the employment costs of both the trainee and the Supervisor. This may often require a change in working patterns in the practice and there may be a loss of clinic time for the Supervisor; especially for the new trainee who will require close supervision. Over time the trainee will gradually become more autonomous in preparation for unsupervised practice post qualification. Trainees will be out of practice for a minimum of four weeks each academic year to attend block release sessions at ABDO College and will also require extra support and time out of practice in preparation for examinations (e.g. to attend revision courses). In addition to this, employers need to make time available for the trainee and Supervisor to spend time together in practice for the training and assessment of practical skills and for pastoral support and guidance. Employers are an essential aspect of successful delivery of this programme as are all those in the workplace who support the trainees in their personal, professional and academic development. The commitment of the employer is paramount and will require a genuine dedication to investment in their trainee to a high level.

 

College Attendance

As a part of the Foundation Degree course students must attend ABDO College in Godmersham, Kent for two separate fortnights during each course year. This is a compulsory requirement of the course as instructed by the GOC and enables students to discuss their studies with lecturers at the college. It is NOT possible to exempt any UK or Irish students from this block release study under any circumstances. Continuous Assessment Final marks will be made up of a combination of continuous assessment and examination scores.


For further information, please see the ABDO College website at the following address:

http://abdocollege.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Foundation-Degree-in-Ophthalmic-Dispensing.pdf


Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing Year 1 2017/18

Provided by ABDO College working in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University, this a two-year Foundation Degree course followed by a third year BSc Degree course in Ophthalmic Dispensing – leading to BSc (Hons) and the ABDO Level 6 FBDO qualifications.

The programme is made up of two parts and takes three years in all. The first two years form the Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing. In the third year you have a choice of completing a BSc (Hons) in Ophthalmic Dispensing and the FBDO or just the FBDO. We will discuss the options open to you and help you to choose a suitable course when the time comes. In both cases you will complete the examinations set by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in order to qualify as a dispensing optician. Your initial application will be for the two year Foundation Degree

 

There are six, twenty credit, modules in each of the first two years. They are all compulsory.

In the first year the modules are:

Foundations for Learning

Introduction to Optics

Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses

Theory of General Optics

Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses

Communication in Ophthalmic Practice

In the second year the modules are:

Evidence Based Ophthalmic Practice

Standards of Practice

Advanced Theory of Ophthalmic Lenses

Ocular Anatomy & Physiology

Theory of Ophthalmic Dispensing

Paediatric Dispesning

 

The third year will depend on which option you choose; however, both courses will include Refractive Management, Low Vision and Contact Lenses.

The Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) courses are based around the ABDO Syllabus and the GOC Core Curriculum for Dispensing Opticians. Both of these documents are available on request from the appropriate body.

 

For further details, please refer to the ABDO College Website, as the following address:

http://abdocollege.org.uk/course/foundation-degree-in-ophthalmic-dispensing/

 

Employer Involvement

Employers are expected to take an active role in the selection of participants for admission. All students on the Fellowship Dispensing Diploma programme must be employed as a trainee Dispensing Optician in an environment that will provide them with opportunities to meet the GOC competencies and expectations for practical experience under the continuous personal supervision of a suitably qualified professional. The employer will normally sponsor the trainee by providing the means, the opportunity and the support for them to be successful in their studies. This contribution to, and involvement in, the trainee’s education is not to be under-estimated. Employers may contribute financially through the payment of tuition fees, purchase of textbooks, accommodation costs, travel and subsistence, membership fees (ABDO), registration fees (GOC) and exam fees (ABDO). In addition to this explicit financial burden employers must also contribute considerably in terms of hidden costs. In order to ensure continuous personal supervision of the trainee in practice there will be the employment costs of both the trainee and the Supervisor. This may often require a change in working patterns in the practice and there may be a loss of clinic time for the Supervisor; especially for the new trainee who will require close supervision. Over time the trainee will gradually become more autonomous in preparation for unsupervised practice post qualification. Trainees will be out of practice for a minimum of four weeks each academic year to attend block release sessions at ABDO College and will also require extra support and time out of practice in preparation for examinations (e.g. to attend revision courses). In addition to this, employers need to make time available for the trainee and Supervisor to spend time together in practice for the training and assessment of practical skills and for pastoral support and guidance. Employers are an essential aspect of successful delivery of this programme as are all those in the workplace who support the trainees in their personal, professional and academic development. The commitment of the employer is paramount and will require a genuine dedication to investment in their trainee to a high level.

 

College Attendance

As a part of the Foundation Degree course students must attend ABDO College in Godmersham, Kent for two separate fortnights during each course year. This is a compulsory requirement of the course as instructed by the GOC and enables students to discuss their studies with lecturers at the college. It is NOT possible to exempt any UK or Irish students from this block release study under any circumstances. Continuous Assessment Final marks will be made up of a combination of continuous assessment and examination scores.


For further information, please see the ABDO College website at the following address:

http://abdocollege.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Foundation-Degree-in-Ophthalmic-Dispensing.pdf