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Eye Care Governance (PgCert)

The PgCert in Eye Care Governance seeks to provide those involved in the governing of eye care with a qualification that is currently not provided.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Optometry in Eye Care Governance is a 60 credit Level 7 qualification, which seeks to provide those involved in the governing of eye care in the UK with a professional qualification. Whilst we also run highly successful qualifications for those involved in clinical practice, this qualification is aimed at those who undertake clinical governance and advisory roles in the sector.

Starting in September, this course consists of three core modules – leadership skills, evidence-based eye care and audit, and legal aspects of UK optometry – as well as a free choice of 20 credits to allow students to follow their interests and increase their knowledge and understanding of a specific area. The aim of the course is to provide eye care professionals with the skills required to successfully oversee ophthalmic services, with the opportunity to become effective leaders within the sector, and with a comprehensive overview of their legal obligations in optometric practice in the UK.

Several modules are aligned with nationally agreed competency standards – for example, the Low Vision Service Wales and the MECS scheme among others.

Students who have evidence of achieving such standards within the last three years can present this to the Director of the programme for consideration for approved prior learning (APL) accreditation, where module credits would be given to the student in recognition of their prior achievements.

Distinctive features

  • The opportunity to learn with one of the leading Optometry Schools in Europe, rated excellent for teaching and research.
  • The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery.
  • The variety of modules on offer.
  • The flexibility of open learning.
  • The only eye care governance course available in the UK.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration2 years
QualificationPgCert
ModePart-time - distance learning
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Admissions criteria

Students are normally expected to hold either:

  • UK/EU Students: BSc (Hons) Optometry, GOC registration or equivalent national qualification.
  • Overseas: a) Honours degree in optometry or b) Professional optometric qualification of home country.
  • Non UK/EU Students: a) Honours degree in optometry or b) Professional optometric qualification of home country.

Further Education Students: (Direct Entry)

Candidates who have studied at a postgraduate level in clinical optometry elsewhere (such as City or Aston Universities) can be considered for access to the programme at Cardiff University. This will be done via accreditation of prior learning (APL), and candidates must submit documentary evidence to support such an application e.g. through records of achievement documents, portfolios, and clinical records.

English language requirements: Minimum University requirements

Application Deadline: One month before the start of term.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

The majority of the course will be delivered via Learning Central, the University's e-Learning system. You will have access to multimedia lecture presentations, supporting resources and discussions led by course tutors. On many of the modules leading educators in the field also provide practical skills workshops and tutorials. Formative and summative assessment is via online multiple choice questions, submitted written coursework and assignments (including group wikis and blogs) plus practical exams where appropriate.

Three of the modules are compulsory, and the further twenty credits can be taken from the wide variety available.

Some modules have pre-requisite partner modules.

Modules start at varying points throughout the year and the PGT team can advise students on the best order in which to study them according to personal circumstances.

The remaining 20 credits can be made up of any of our other modules.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Year two

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Modules may differ, but you can expect to be taught online (via lectures and webinars), and by attending workshops for clinical modules.

Lectures are supported by the appropriate references and resources, and accompanied by assessment exercises. Participation in moderated online discussions is a feature in almost all modules. Practical workshops for skills training will be held at locations convenient to either the module content or the student cohort enrolled at that time, and instructed by educational leaders in that discipline.

How will I be supported?

At the beginning of your course there is a compulsory online induction module.

This will help you find your way around Learning Central and it will also provide general information including about the personal tutor system, and how our administration and IT teams will support you.

At the start of each semester you will be advised of who your Module Leader is. At the beginning of each year a Chair of the Student Panel will be appointed and this will be communicated to all students.

Throughout the course Administration Staff, Module Leaders and Tutors, and Personal Tutors are available via email. The Student Support Service at Cardiff University is able to help with many diverse issues should you feel unable to approach staff in the Optometry department.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment activities have been specifically designed to facilitate participants’ learning and achievement. All assessment elements are compulsory.

Assessment varies across the modules, but includes:

  • Written reports
  • Coursework assessment
  • Multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Practical examinations
  • Key Features Scenarios (used in medical education to test clinical reasoning, problem-solving ability and the ability to apply given knowledge)
  • OSCE's – Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Group wikis
  • Blogs.

Feedback from assessments will be provided in written format for written reports and coursework, and written and/or oral for practical examinations and presentations. Scientific discussion via online forums will be moderated by module leaders, allowing them immediate input and opportunity to offer feedback. Students will need to pass each individual component in order to pass the module.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate knowledge at the forefront of a range of disciplines within optometry.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in your chosen specialist field.
  • Understand the need for evidence-based practice in optometry.
  • Search for appropriate evidence within the field to support your professional development.
  • Appreciate the role for optometrists in provision of enhanced services in the community.

You should also be able to practise and develop the following skills:

Academic

  • The ability to search for appropriate information to support their learning.
  • The ability to critically evaluate such information.
  • Experimental design.
  • Data collection and analysis.

Subject specific

  • Clinical decision making with management of glaucoma patients.
  • Higher levels of professional skill and knowledge.
  • Working in peer groups as part of a mentoring system for students in hospital placements.

Generic/employability

  • Independent learning skills
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication and presentation skills.

The aim of the course is to provide eye care professionals with the skills required to successfully oversee ophthalmic services, with the opportunity to become effective leaders within the sector, and with a comprehensive overview of their legal obligations in optometric practice in the UK.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for each individual module. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Fees will be invoiced by module. Normally, invoices will be released shortly after enrolment for each individual module. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed, although, as the majority of your studies take place online, you will need a reliable computer with a good internet connection.