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Professional Certificate in Glaucoma

Key information

Course Leader: Colin Davidson

Level: 7

Credits: 20

Mode of delivery: Online and Face to Face learning

Learner Hours: Module: 200 Hours, Lectures: 10 hours, Podcasts: 1 hour, On line discussion sessions: 3 hours, 2 Days face to face teaching 14 hours Self directed learning: 172 hours

School: Life & Medical Sciences

Available places: 25


  • 22/01/2024

Fees and Funding


Entry Requirements

Open to GOC registered optometrists.

Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare United Kingdom General Optical Council registered optometrists to participate in formal glaucoma ‘referral refinement’ and ocular hypertension (OHT)/ suspect chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG) monitoring schemes. It is intended to ensure the currency of core competencies (including those required for pathways involving ‘repeat measures’) and provide additional specialist knowledge and skills for monitoring patients with diagnosed OHT and suspect COAG with an established management plan.

It is set at Masters level and is worth 20 credits. The course will be delivered online over a 15 week period. At week 8 there will be a face to face practical teaching day at the University. At week 15 there will be a face to face assessment day which will also be held at the University. Attendance at both these face to face days is compulsory.

The course fee is £1050.


The course content is mapped against the College of Optometrists learning outcomes for the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma which can be found qualifications/learning-outcomes-professional-certificate-in-glaucoma.pdf



For more information please contact the module lead Colin Davidson.

Learning outcomes

Following successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


Have a deep and systematic understanding of epidemiology, risk factors, clinical features, diagnosis and management of glaucoma.


Develop advanced clinical and decision-making skills to manage glaucoma in clinical practice by providing expert knowledge of current evidence-based practice.


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework of glaucoma management which have been set by NICE, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the College of Optometrists and the regulator, and how to meet and exceed these standards.



Demonstrate a critical awareness of the legal professional and ethical issues and influences on glaucoma management in practice, and be able to manage these when considering judgements about appropriate actions.


Skills and attributes


Show a critical application in their practice of the legal, professional and ethical frameworks which govern safe and effective glaucoma investigation and management in their practice.


Display a high level ability when assessing a patient presenting with glaucomatous eye disease through critical clinical decision making and advanced examination.


Critically understand different approaches to systematically and holistically assessing patient needs, and how to compare different indicators to achieve a differential diagnosis.


Critically evaluate sources of information, advice and decision support in glaucoma investigation and management, taking into account current evidence based practice and Professional Guidelines.


Understand and appreciate the importance of self-reflective practice in glaucoma investigation and management, in terms of consciously reflecting on management decisions, and the importance of working within their limits of their own competence and authority.



Formative MCQs 2.5 hours


Key features scenarios (30%)

Visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs (30%)

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (40%)