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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College East

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Our eyes are the windows to the world.

Make a real transformation in people's lives by helping them see better when you join the Higher Nitec in Opticianry course!

As an Optician (eyecare practitioner), you will learn to test a person's vision, measure spectacle prescriptions and take various ocular measurements in order to fit a pair of glasses. This course will teach you to cut ophthalmic lenses and fit them into frames to make spectacles. An Optician is also trained to recommend the correct type of lenses and frames, to suit a person's visual needs, style and facial shape.

What you'll learn

  • Perform administrative duties in ophthalmic practice
  • Provide customer service in ophthalmic practice
  • Test client eyesight
  • Prepare work orders for optical laboratory
  • Perform lens edging
  • Dispense optical aids
  • Maintain ophthalmic equipment

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level passes in English Language, Mathematics and 1 approved subject:

  • Grade 1-8 in English Language
  • Grade 1-7 in Mathematics (Elementary or Additional)
  • Grade 1-8 in an approved subject: [Biology / Biotechnology / Chemistry / Combined Science / Human & Social Biology / Integrated Science / Physics / Engineering Science / Science (Chemistry, Biology) / Science (Physics, Biology) / Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science / Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)]


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Opticianry graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Opticianry graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

The Higher Nitec in Opticianry course, once accredited by the Optometrists & Opticians Board (OOB), graduates can be employed as Opticians in a variety of settings, such as optical retail stores, independent or joint eye care practices, hospitals or optical laboratories.