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Ophthalmic Dispensing (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
The Ophthalmic Dispensing (Hons) course at Anglia Ruskin University teaches the skills you need to become a dispensing optician, working alongside optometrists. You’ll learn how to dispense, fit and supply spectacles, and how to run a successful practice.
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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.


When you graduate from the Ophthalmic Dispensing (Hons) course at Anglia Ruskin University, 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      4 years with foundation year

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Geometrical Optics
  • Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing with Mathematics
  • Introduction to Practice Management with Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses
  • Study Skills for Dispensing Opticians
  • Optics of the Eye

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), Science subjects are preferred.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English, Maths and Science.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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