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Anglia Ruskin University

Ophthalmic Dispensing (Extended Degree)

UCAS Code: B500

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English, Maths and Science.

UCAS Tariff

48

48 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Ophthalmic dispensing

Get the skills you need to register as a fully qualified dispensing optician who can dispense, fit and supply spectacles. With access to our campus eye clinic and teaching from award-winning staff, there’s no better place for you to train.

Dispensing opticians help patients to find the best eyecare solution for them. You’ll learn to work alongside optometrists, combining your clinical expertise with the skills needed to manage a successful practice.

Our extended course is ideal if you don’t have all the qualifications required for our BSc (Hons) course. The entry requirements are more flexible, giving you the chance to improve your knowledge in science and maths during Year 1. 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 third year which can then be carried over into your final 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.

Small teaching groups mean you’ll get plenty of one-to-one time with tutors. A lot of your learning will be hands-on, using industry-standard equipment in our dispensing laboratory and our campus eye clinic.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Biology of Cells
Biomolecules
Mathematics for Science
Chemical Principles
Biological Diversity
Physiology
Physical Principles
Introduction to Biology of Disease

Year two, core modules

Geometrical Optics
Study Skills for Dispensing Opticians
Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing with Mathematics
Practical Methods in Dispensing
Optics of the Eye
Introduction to Ophthalmic Lenses
Introduction to Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Year three, core modules

Further Ophthalmic Lenses
Ocular Anatomy with Pathological Conditions
Communication Skills in the Optical Sector
Refractive Management and Methods of Ocular Examination
Introduction to Contact Lens Practice
Low-Vision Management and Assessment

Year four, core modules

Advanced Ophthalmic Lenses
Final Practical Dispensing
Practice Management
Undergraduate Major Project
Vocational and Recreational Dispensing

Assessment methods

A lot of your assessment will be practical. This way, your tutors can keep an eye on your progress and help to point you in the right direction. You’ll also complete written exams, lab reports, oral reports, logbooks and tests in class.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Vision and Hearing Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Ophthalmic dispensing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ophthalmics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,392
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

58%
Health professionals
32%
Health associate professionals
5%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Ophthalmic dispensing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£36k

£36k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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