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Tesco OpticiansOphthalmic Dispensing Assistant Qualification for Tesco Opticians
Study online while you work


Tesco Opticians storeOptical Assistants (OAs) are a core part of Tesco’s healthcare service and provide fundamental support to our Optical teams. As we continue to expand our team of expert colleagues, we want you to be at the forefront of this exciting investment into our people development.

To help you reach your potential we are offering our OAs an excellent opportunity to gain a Level 4 University Certificate in Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant with Anglia Ruskin University whilst you work. This is a 'super specialisation' subject to the completion of the Tesco's Gold Programme and is available across 206 stores throughout the UK.

Benefits to you

  • Increase skills and develop confidence in all areas of delegated practice.
  • Generous employer study support package.
  • 100% tuition fee paid by Tesco.
  • 100% online: no requirement to attend university or lectures.
  • Gain a recognised university qualification whilst learning through your own everyday work.
  • Optional progression to Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Ophthalmic Dispensing.

The work-based assignments of our courses mean that your learning is based on real-time sales challenges, so you’ll be making a measurable impact as you learn. You will gain the skills, knowledge and personal development to optimise your career opportunities.

Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant
University Certificate (Uni Cert)

We anticipate that this course will enable you to achieve expertise in dispensing and provide our customers with the highest levels of professional care. It will complete an important stage in your optical career pathway. Enhancing your clinical and commercial knowledge ensures that we are Serving Britain’s Shoppers a Little Better Every Day.

Tesco Support

  • Dedicated ODA trainer to mentor and oversee your academic year
  • On-boarding study skills workshop
  • Regular conference calls
  • Web portal
  • Printed materials.

University Support

While you will need to take full responsibility for your own studies, you will have plenty of support:

  • One to one online tutor
  • Distance Learning Study Facilitators
  • University IT helpdesk
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP).

What you will study

Introduction to Delegated Clinical Procedures
Includes a general introduction to the subject and covers topics relating to the eye, ocular anatomy, eyecare, common refractive and pathological eye conditions, customer service and referrals.

Delegated Dispensing Techniques
Develops practical skills and theoretical knowledge in ophthalmic dispensing, including spectacle lens, forms and materials, spectacle checking and problem solving.

Options for Progression

After completing the university certificate you have the option to progress to the campus based Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Ophthalmic Dispensing which leads to qualification and registration as a Dispensing Optician. This course is taught at our Cambridge campus.

How long does it take?

Each module is completed in one semester, which is 12 weeks. For September starters, the semesters run from September to December and then from February to May. For those starting the course at the end of January/February, there will be a break between May and August. The course then resumes in September and runs through to December. Total duration of the University Certificate is therefore approximately between 9 -12 months depending on when you start with us.

How distance learning works

The course is taught online, giving you flexibility and control over how and when you study. We will support you in learning whilst you work, giving you the time and facilities you need to balance non-work activities and thrive academically.

What Tesco students say:

"I would recommend the course to anybody who works in Optics and would like to move on further."

Deborah Dobson - Dispensing Assistant, Tesco Opticians

"I feel the course will enable me to offer better customer service as I will have improved knowledge and be able to deal with patient's queries and needs more efficiently."

Claire Roberts - Optical Assistant, Tesco Opticians

How to apply

Application Process

This is a three stage process as follows:

Stage One

Tesco Assessment Centre

An internal process during which Tesco will preselect and shortlist eligible candidates. You will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Gold trained
  • Green Performer
  • Strong Leadership Skills
  • Green attendance
  • ROM and OM approval
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Preferably placed in a Store with a Resident Optom.

Stage Two

Tesco Interview

Successful nominees will be invited to attend an interview with their ROM and one candidate will be selected per region.

Stage Three

University Application Process

Shortlisted candidates will then make an application for the course via Anglia Ruskin University’s online admissions process Application/ Entry Requirements:

  • GCSE in Maths, English and Science or equivalent, at Grade C or above*
  • One pass at A level
  • Access to a computer and internet preferably via broadband.

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*If evidence of formal academic qualifications (GCSEs and A level) are unavailable you may be required to provide to the university evidence of other qualifications obtained, training courses completed, and in some instances a letter from your line manager, HR/ training manager or senior manager equivalent detailing clear examples of your capability.

Find out more and apply

To find out more and start your application please contact Eilidh Hodge.


Call: 01707 915911

To contact Anglia Ruskin University


Call: 01245 686 707

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