To work as a Dispensing optician, you must be registered with the General Optical Council (GOC), after completing an approved degree programme or Distance Learning Diploma. A full list of approved institutions and programmes in the UK is available on the GOC website.
In Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University offers a 3 year Opthalmic Dispensing degree. The minimum academic entry requirements include SQA Highers at BBC grade, including a science subject and Maths, English and Physics at SQA National 5 grades A-C if not taken at Higher level. More information about the entry requirements for this degree course is available on the university’s website.
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 in order to enrol on this course.
Once you graduate, . You must then complete a pre-registration year of supervised work in a practice , following which you will be required to pass additional exams of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) which will lead to professional registration with the GOC.