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Accredited by the College of Optometrists

Key Facts

  • Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care accredited by the College of Optometrists
  • Part-time, distance learning
  • CPD points available
  • Next start date: Intakes once per year, please contact us for next intake date
  • Course duration: 16 weeks
  • Credit points: 20
  • Fees: £1,300 (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 16 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 13 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. CPD 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 £1,300.

This course usually runs once per year. For information regarding the date of the next course or to register your interest please email or contact Professor Saunders using the details below.