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Fibre Optics

Course Code: BFO

Level: 2
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Short course
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three days
When you'll study: Wednesday to Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm

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About the course

Fibre optic links are becoming an increasingly common part of cabling infrastructures. Installers have to be competent when specifying, terminating, testing and installing fibre optics. This fibre optics course will provide you with the hands-on practical experience and theoretical knowledge needed to successfully terminate fibres on site.

What you'll learn

The fibre optics course aims to offer a balanced mix of theory and practice relating to the use of fibre optic cabling within the structured cabling system standards. The course is run by a fully qualified fibre optics technician who is constantly updated in line with the rapidly changing standards, technologies and terminologies.

The course covers the following areas:

  • fibre cable construction and selection
  • fibre connectors
  • connectors and calculation of total loss
  • fibre cable installation considerations
  • fibre termination – health and safety considerations
  • review of termination methods with summary
  • fibre preparation for termination
  • practical termination exercises
  • glue and polish methods
  • fusion splicing
  • light source testing/DB loss.
Entry requirements

This course requires no prior knowledge or experience. Inexperienced students will leave with adequate knowledge, confidence and practical experience for specification and successful installation of fibre optic links. Those new to fibre optic cabling and those already experienced in practical installation will improve their formal knowledge of the theory behind the operation of fibre and the choices available in selection of fibre and termination methods.


There are no formal exams.

What's next?

This introductory course will give you an insight into the skills requirements if you want to progress onto a full certified qualification in fibre optics.

Important information

“Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2016/17 (August 2016 – July 2017). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to foundation degrees or access to higher education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)”


Course Code: BFO

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.