Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

University of Gloucestershire

Frequently asked questions:

The Qualification?
About the Qualifications
Who is the Qualification for?
What are the Modules in the Awards?
How will I study?
What are the entry requirements?
How long is the course?
How much do the Qualifications cost?
Is there access to International Test & Training?


The Qualification
The qualification is the Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (120 CAT at Level 4)

The qualification is provided by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire as the awarding organisation.

About the Qualification
The qualification aims, through directed learning and structured assessments, to help you develope and gain recognition for your knowledge and skills in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. This includes knowledge of diabetes mellitus, screening for diabetic eye disease, and the processes and equipment commonly used in screening. You will develop the skills required to identify the appearance and significance of retinal damage caused by diabetes and learn how to identify and reduce risks associated with diabetes in the development of sight threatening retinopathy.

Who is the qualification for?
The course has been designed to meet the needs of personnel employed in health institutions undertaking digital diabetic retinopathy screening.

Personnel working within diabetic retinopathy screening in England should complete the Health Screeners Diploma qualifications in Diabetic Eye Screening.

What are the Modules in the Award?
To achieve the Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening students MUST complete the following 5 compulsory Modules:


 An Introduction to the Study of Diabetic Retinopathy
 Diabetic eye screening programmes, processes and protocols
 Preparing the patient for diabetic eye screening
 Performing retinal screening
 Assessing retinal images 

15 CAT
15 CAT
30 CAT
30 CAT
30 CAT

How will I study?
You will study your chosen award as a distance learning course whilst in full or part time employment as a healthcare professional. You will be working within a health institution undertaking digital diabetic retinopathy screening. The course is distance learning, this will require students to access and work through study materials online, and then continue the application of learning in clinical practice, supervised by assessors.

What are the entry requirements?
All students must:

  1. The MINIMUM entry requirement is evidence of a pass at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE, or its equivalent. If you have evidence of higher qualifications, these should be provided.
  2. Be employed within an international health institution undertaking digital diabetic retinopathy screening
  3. Be supported by their employer, so they can be released to engage with on-line distance learning opportunities and have one or more identified clinical assessors willing to participate in supporting the student in clinical placements 
  4. Be able to use computer systems and must have (ideally broadband) access to the Internet (www) to complete their distance learning
  5. For students whose first language is not English, have documentary evidence of sufficient competence in English e.g. IELTS 5.5 overall in both reading and writing

How long is the Course?
The course is provided through distance learning over a period of 40 weeks

How much does the qualification cost?
The course fees are £1500 payable in advance.

Is there access to International Test & Training?
Students who successfully complete this course are provided with access to the International Test & Training system for one year.
The cost of one year's access is included in student's registration fees.

Students who do not qualify for zero-cost access or who want access for further years, please see the information under the Test & Training section of this site.

Future course dates can be found in this section.

For further information please email: ghn-tr.drsadministrator@nhs.net 

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Site last updated 12/09/2018



Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group would like to thank Bayer Healthcare for their unrestricted educational grant in support of this qualification.