Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care

This online course, accredited by The College of Optometrists, aims to provide optometrists with enhanced knowledge in current best practice in paediatric eye care. It is delivered by experienced paediatric clinicians and will give the optometrist confidence and practical skills in testing the paediatric patient.

This course is an exciting opportunity for optometrists to extend their knowledge and position themselves for extended roles within community and hospital optometry.

The course will support optometrists who wish to develop their skills and build their confidence when working with infants and children in either community or hospital settings.

This Professional Certificate accredited by the College of Optometrists is delivered via distance learning, though there is opportunity for a face-to-face tutorial day at Ulster University, Coleraine campus for optometrists that wish to get some hands-on experience.

Assessment will be conducted through online assessment and submission of case reports.

Ulster University has pioneered the delivery of distance learning in the UK and has many years of experience in providing bespoke support for students learning online.

This expertise will be coupled with online tutorial sessions and an optional on-campus workshop at Ulster University’s Coleraine campus.

The flexible nature of the delivery of this Professional Certificate allows the participant to learn at their own pace, in their own time. Friendly and professional advice and support will be available from the course team via email, online and face-to-face sessions.

Key Facts

  • Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care accredited by the College of Optometrists
  • Part-time, distance learning
  • CET points available
  • Next start date: Intakes 1-2 times per year, please contact us for next intake date
  • Course duration: 14 weeks
  • Credit points: 20
  • Fees: £1,000-1,200 (includes registration fees, online materials, tutorials and assessments)

What skills will this short course give me?

This short course will support optometrists who wish to develop their skills and build their confidence when working with infants and children in either community or hospital settings.

How will I learn?

The short course is delivered and assessed via distance learning. Optometrists undertake a bespoke package of online learning material (audio-visual and written content) supported by online peer-discussion and online tutorial and case discussion sessions with course tutors and other learners. An optional tutorial day at Ulster University’s Coleraine campus is available for those who want to attend. Assessment is conducted online through reflective reports, case studies and video demonstration of practical skills and communication.

What’s the Timeframe?

The short course designed to fit with working optometrists’ schedules. The whole course is 14 weeks in duration, providing time for self-directed learning and preparation for the assessments. The online content is presented within seven units of learning over 11 weeks, and you have some flexibility about with regard to when you engage with each unit.

What does the assessment involve?

The course is assessed through a variety of means including bite-sized knowledge-based assessments, four case reports demonstrating your visual assessment and management of a range of paediatric cases, and submission of evidence of your communication and practical skills. It is envisaged that a number of CET points will be available throughout the module, aligned to these assessments.

What is the Tutorial day?

The on-campus or online tutorials provides the opportunity for optometrists to undertake paediatric case discussions with peers and the course tutors. There will also be practical demonstrations of key visual assessment techniques used in paediatric optometry and an opportunity for questions and answers relating to a variety of assessment strategies.

What next?

The cost of the short course is approximately 1,000-£1,200.

This course usually runs twice per year. For information regarding the date of the next course or to register your interest please email optometrycpd@ulster.ac.uk or contact one of the following: