BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Management

Dispensing opticians are eyecare 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 degree course in the recognised 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.

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.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
3 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
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Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBC (incl one Science) Nat 5:B (Maths and English)
Minimum entry requirement: CCC (incl one Science) Nat5: B (Maths and English)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: CC (incl one Science) GCSE: B/6 (Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H3 H3 H3 (incl one science) GCSE: B/6(English) GCSE: C/5 (Maths)
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl one HL Science) SL: (Maths and English)
BTEC: MMP Ext Dip (Science/Applied Science) GCSE: B(English) and C/4 (Maths/Double Science/Physics)
SWAP: Access to Science and Technology/Ophthalmic - BBB on first attempt (incl 65% in Physics module)
College HNC: Science-based HNCs (incl Physics and Maths) - graded unit B

English language IELTS of overall 7.0 with 7.0 in Speaking and 6.5 in all other elements (or equivalent)

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.

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.

Additional Information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Management course is accredited by the General Optical Council and currently pending approval.

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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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 million per year.

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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.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, 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.