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Glaucoma (PgCert)

Our distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Glaucoma has been developed to allow students to enhance their skill and knowledge in key areas with the opportunity to obtain quality postgraduate qualifications in a flexible and supportive environment.

The distance learning Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Glaucoma aims to help eye care professionals to develop the specific skills and knowledge to manage patients with glaucoma.

The course modules have been specifically designed to complement the levels of activity and responsibility that ophthalmic nurses, optometrists and orthoptists could undertake in community and hospital practice. The content is aligned, wherever possible, with national pathways for enhanced services and professional accreditation schemes.

All of the course modules are accredited for the College of Optometrists’ Higher Qualifications.

The majority of the course is 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.

Distinctive features

  • All of the modules are accredited for the College of Optometrists’ Higher Professional qualifications.
  • This is the only university that offers all the Higher Professional qualifications in Glaucoma.
  • The opportunity to learn within a leading Optometry School, 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.

Key facts

Next intakeThis course begins in March each year.
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 course consists of four compulsory modules.

Students must complete one module before they can progress to the next.

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.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Glaucoma FoundationOPT00910 credits
Glaucoma 1OPT01010 credits
Glaucoma 2OPT03120 credits
Glaucoma 3OPT03220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Glaucoma FoundationOPT00910 credits
Glaucoma 1OPT01010 credits
Glaucoma 2OPT03120 credits
Glaucoma 3OPT03220 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Glaucoma FoundationOPT00910 credits
Glaucoma 1OPT01010 credits
Glaucoma 2OPT03120 credits
Glaucoma 3OPT03220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Glaucoma FoundationOPT00910 credits
Glaucoma 1OPT01010 credits
Glaucoma 2OPT03120 credits
Glaucoma 3OPT03220 credits
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.

Feedback

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.

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
  • MCQ - Multiple choice questions
  • Practical examinations
  • KFS - Key Features Scenarios (used in medical education to test clinical reasoning, problem-solving ability and the ability to apply given knowledge)
  • OSCEs – Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Viva
  • DOPS – Direct Observational Patient Scenarios
  • Logbook of patient episodes
  • Case reports.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you should be able to practise and develop the following skills and knowledge:

Academic

  • The ability to search for appropriate information to support your 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 course has been specifically designed to complement the levels of activity and responsibility that ophthalmic nurses, optometrists and orthoptists could undertake in community and hospital practice. The content is aligned, wherever possible, with national pathways for enhanced services and professional accreditation schemes.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

This course is charged on a per-module basis. For more information please refer to our tuition fees pages.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

This course is charged on a per-module basis. 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 fast internet connection.