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abdo college logoABDO Collegeľ Keeping excellence in your sights.


ABDO College is based in Godmersham, Kent and specialises in distance and blended learning education for the optical profession. It is the only college in the UK devoted solely to the teaching of the theory and practical aspects of ophthalmic dispensing and its related specialist areas.

Available courses range from Access courses for those without GCSEs to advanced and honours courses allowing qualified professionals to specialise in specific fields of interest. ABDO College provides courses that lead to the ABDO Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing (ie the level 6 FBDO qualification), awarded by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. ABDO College and Canterbury Christ Church University formed a successful partnership in 2007 to provide degree programmes for the optical profession.

ABDO College strives to maintain the highest possible standards and to increase the standing of ophthalmic dispensing in the eyes of the profession, to raise public confidence and increase public understanding of the level of training achieved. In addition to this ABDO College prides itself in a dedication to maintaining a supportive and caring learning environment for all students at all levels. Blended learning education allows students the tremendous benefit of applying contemporary teaching in a work environment therefore allowing for study that best suits the changing demands of both student and employer. The student will continue in paid employment for the duration of their studies thus reducing the need for additional finance and providing the opportunity to establish a credible career development portfolio.

ABDO College also provides training courses leading the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (WCSM) qualifications. WCSM qualifications lay a solid foundation for the development of essential optical skills and open up a clearly defined career pathway for those entering optics at the lowest levels.

Over 15 years of experience since it was founded, combined with a new approach and commitment to quality standards has enabled ABDO College to be recognised as a centre of excellence for optical education.


The full range of courses available from ABDO College is listed below:

Access Courses