BSc (Hons) Dispensing Optician Registerable Award

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Studying to be a Dispensing Optician at ARU

Train to become a General Optical Council-registered dispensing optician. Study by distance learning while you work, and on residential placements in Cambridge.

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Train as a Dispensing Optician and take the next step in your career.

Dispensing opticians have a vital role to play in community eye care. Our BSc (Hons) Dispensing Optician (Registerable Award) course will give you skills in ophthalmic lenses and dispensing of optical appliances along with low vision and contact lens management, visual optics and ocular emergencies. It will also give you the chance to fine-tune your professional practice.

Earn while you learn on our accredited blended learning course, which features residential sessions in Cambridge.

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Specialist facilities

In Cambridge, our facilities include:

  • 16 fully-equipped optometric consulting rooms
  • specialist facilities in contact lenses, low vision and visual stress
  • industry-standard equipment
  • a dedicated dispensing laboratory
  • the University Eye Clinic, a working clinic that’s open to the public.

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Outstanding student support

Join our education community and:

  • learn from supportive, expert staff who are registered opticians
  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • develop your brilliant business ideas though our Student Start-up Support Hub
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


General Optical Council

Our course is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC). When you successfully complete your studies, you’ll be able to register with the GOC as a Dispensing Optician.


Our BSc Dispensing Optician course is specially designed for eye care professionals who are already registered with the General Optical Council (GOC).

As an accredited course, it will equip you with the skills you need to work in an optometric practice as a Registered Dispensing Optician.

It can also prepare you for further study. You may be able to progress onto our BOptom (Hons) Optometry degree.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, such as volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.


"It really helped me develop, not only as a professional but as a person, I've really grown my confidence in myself ... it was a massive stepping stone in building a career for myself in optics."


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With support and mentorship from your current employer, you can study on this course while you work.