Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture 

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?

The Qualification
The qualification is the Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture (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 course aims, through directed learning and structured assessments:

  1. To help students develop and gain recognition for their knowledge and skills in OCT capture.
  2. To enable students to understand the processes and equipment commonly used in OCT scanning.
  3. To provide training in the capture of relevant, appropriate and good quality OCT scans to provide clinical information in the management of patients with anterior and/or posterior segment disease of the eye.
  4. To ensure that students safely and competently undertake OCT scanning

Who is the qualification for?
The course has been designed to meet the needs of operators of Optical Coherence Tomography equipment who routinely capture OCT scans. They would include staff providing service in new Diabetic Retinal Digital Surveillance Clinics (a service now mandated by Public Health England), high-street optometrists, orthoptic and optometric staff, plus hospital-based staff including those in Ophthalmology and optometry departments and medical staff new to OCT.

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


 Anatomy of the Eye
 Principles of Optical Coherence Tomography
 Optical Coherence Tomography Scanning Equipment
 Preparation for Optical Coherence Tomography Scanning
 Acquisition of Optical Coherence Tomography Scans

15 CAT
30 CAT
30 CAT
15 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 or for a private provider undertaking optical coherence tomography capture. The course is distance learning, this will require students to access and work through study materials online, and then to continue the application of learning in clinical practice.

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 in a clinical context and currently performing OCT capture
  3. Have at least one year of experience in OCT capture in a clinical setting
  4. Have access to OCT scanning equipment and provide documentary evidence of calibration and service documents for the OCT equipment
  5. For students whose first language is not English, have documentary evidence of sufficient competence in English e.g. IELTS 6.0 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 £1,500 payable in advance

Future course dates can be found in this section.

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

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