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Bradford College

Ophthalmic Dispensing

UCAS Code: B503
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Ophthalmics
Student score
79% LOW
% employed or in further study
Not Available
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

One subject must be Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Science.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in Science.

UCAS tariff points

Must include a Level 3 qualification in a Science subject, plus GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 minimum

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 64 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

If you are entering the field of Ophthalmic Dispensing and want a higher qualification, this course is tailor-made for you. By successfully taking external examinations, you can achieve the Fellowship of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. In addition to dispensing spectacles, you will be able to fit and supply low visual sharpness aids and carry out clinical measurements under the supervision of an optometrist. Your future role as a Dispensing Optician often includes a wide variety of management issues, as well as the supply of optical aids. We will familiarise you with the business environment, and encourage an understanding of practice management theory and legislation concerning consumer law. This course covers all parts of the ABDO syllabus, delivers the core competencies of the General Optical Council and will prepare you to take the ABDO professional qualifying examinations to become a registered Dispensing Optician. Your career prospects are very good. Dispensing Opticians are employed in the following areas: in an ophthalmic practice as a Dispensing Optician, in hospital eye clinics, in prescription houses, in frame and lens manufacturers and with ophthalmic instrument manufacturers and suppliers as sales representatives. There is also the possibility of you becoming self-employed.


Modular Structure - Level 4: Communication Skills; Introduction to Ophthalmic Dispensing; Ocular Anatomy; Optics; Practical Ophthalmic Dispensing; Practice Placement; Prescription Analysis. Level 5: Introduction to Contact Lenses; Introduction to Low Vision; Ophthalmic Lenses; Practical Dispensing Skills; Professional Practice and Pathology; Visual Optics; Vocational Ophthalmic Dispensing. Level 6: Ophthalmic Business and Retail; Reflection on Professional Practice; Research Methodology and Proposal; Research Project; Clinical Patient Management; Management and Leadership for Dispensing Opticians. A work placement forms an essential part of your course.

Bradford College

Students at work

Bradford College offers one of the widest ranges of courses in the region. We offer further education courses for young people aged 14-18, courses in the community for adults and higher education courses for people aged 18+. Our university centre is the largest provider of higher education courses outside of the university sector.

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

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What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 79% LOW
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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study Not Available
Average graduate salary Not Available

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Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most students in this category study optometry degrees. Don't get too worried by the salaries you see here. On graduation, recent ophthalmics graduates go on to pre-registration training for a year, before taking final assessments and being able to register as an optometrist. At this point, salaries jump to much healthier rates depending on whether you go into private practice with, for example, a high street opticians, or enter the NHS. This is also one of those degrees that can get you a skilled job in most parts of the country — so if you've got good grades but want to work in a particular part of the UK, this can be a good bet. Unemployment rates are low, and the large majority of graduates go into pre-registration training.
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