BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing Management


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Program Description

Dispensing opticians are eye care professionals who fit and supply spectacles and manage optical practices. Dispensing opticians can expand into contact lens fitting and the supply of specialist optical appliances.

GCU is the only university in Scotland to offer a full-time Ophthalmic Dispensing Management programme in the recognized GCU Vision Centre, located on campus. A modern purpose-built dispensing clinic, the Vision Centre provides the ideal environment for training towards commercial practice.

Offering an excellent, integrated professional education, the BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing Management from GCU opens doors to professional placements, providing links to future employers throughout the UK. Some collaborative programmes also exist with international partners. The BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Management is accredited by the General Optical Council.

Your career

Ophthalmic dispensing Management offers an interesting and rewarding career with excellent employment prospects in private optometric practices or large optometric companies. Alternatively, graduates can set up their own ophthalmic dispensing practice or work within the optical industry.

What you will study

Year 1

Foundations of Optics, Ophthalmic Materials, Optical Appliances, Ophthalmic Anatomy and Physiology, Refraction and Binocular Vision.

Year 2

Clinical Dispensing Practice and Communication, Diagnostic Techniques (DO), Refraction and Binocular Vision, Ophthalmic Pathology and Pharmacology, Lighting, Colour and Optical Devices, Ophthalmic Professional Studies, Law & Management, Low Vision.

Year 3

Practice placement route: Dispensing Practice 1 & 2, Investigating Management In Healthcare and Management Planning In Healthcare: Full-time study university route, Investigating Management In Healthcare, New Venture Creation, Contact Lens Studies, Directed Literature and Case Review, Clinical Studies and Review and Advanced Orthoptics 1.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBC including one science, from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Human Biology, plus Nat 5 Maths, English and Physics at C

A Level

CC to include one science, from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Human Biology, plus GCSE Maths and Physics at C/4 and English B/6

ILC Higher

H3 H3 H3 to include one science plus Ordinary level Maths, English, and Physics at 02

IB Diploma

24 points including Physics

BTEC Extended Diploma

In Science/Applied Science MMP plus GCSE English at B, Maths, and Physics or Double Science at C/4


SWAP Access to Science and Technology/Ophthalmics with BBB on the first attempt and including 65% in Physics module. Science-based HNCs including Physics and Maths with B in the Graded Units. Other science-related HNC qualifications (including Physics) may be considered.

Year 3

HND in relevant subject with AB in the Graded Units.

Your personal statement

Personal statements should state the student's intent of studying ophthalmic dispensing. Some work experience is always useful.

Disclosure requirement

All students are required by the General Optical Council to have been cleared by Disclosure Scotland at the advanced level to work in a clinical situation. Disclosure is sought for the Clinic here at Glasgow Caledonian University and applications will be made during enrolment in the first week of the first year of the course.

This Disclosure certificate once obtained will last for the duration of the course for the GCU clinic premises only.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

Professional accreditation

The BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing is accredited by the General Optical Council.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

Teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods we use to ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centered, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

Last updated Feb 2020

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