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: