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Ophthalmic Dispensing (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The blended learning format means that knowledge will be delivered online and there will be several week-long residential on-campus “blocks” to embed learning into clinical and practical skills throughout each year.

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The Vision Sciences academic staff members are all registered Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians who bring their clinical experience with learning & teaching qualifications to ensure that the content is up to date. Visiting clinicians will be supervising and facilitating specific aspects of the programme.

Experience with Volunteer patients from visual impairment charities such as Galloways will be included within the Ophthalmic Dispensing (Hons) programme at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).


During the residential block sessions industry colleagues will be coming to deliver specific lectures such as specialist contact lenses, business enterprise, etc.

Visits to large scale glazing lab as well as visiting charities who support visually impaired patients will be arranged.


This programme is accredited by the General Optical Council (Provisional Approval).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Communication
  • Professional Conduct
  • Optical Appliances
  • Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Employability
  • Underpinning Scientific Knowledge

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

  • Must be employed within an optical practice and have a suitable mentor.
  • GCSE English, Science and Mathematics plus two others at a minimum grade C or grade 4 (standard pass) equivalent + 1 year optical work experience.
  • Or
  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills + 1 year optical work experience + 5 GCSEs as above
  • Or
  • SMCTech qualification + 5 GCSEs as above

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13700 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11100 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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