Foundation Degree in Optical Coherence Tomography 

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?
When is the next course?

 

The Qualification
The qualification is the Foundation Degree in Optical Coherence Tomography (240 CAT at Level 5)

The qualification is awarded by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.
 

About the Qualification
The course aims, through directed learning and structured assessments:

  1. To provide training in the capture of relevant, appropiate and good quality OCT scans.
    To provide clinical information in the management of patients with anterior and/or posterior segment disease of the eye.
  2. To ensure that students safely and competently undertake OCT scanning
  3. To enable students to understand the processes and equipment commonly used in OCT scanning.
  4. To provide a detailed knowledge of the features of clinical disease and common abnormalities detected in OCT scans
  5. Operate in situations of varying complexity and predictability requiring the application of a wide range of techniques and information to interpret OCT scans
  6. To provide training in the interpretation of OCT scans and OCT angiography; to interpret relevant clinical information in the management of patients with anterior and/or posterior segment disease of the eye.

Who is the qualification for?
The course has been designed to meet the needs of individuals who capture and interpret OCT scans. This would include staff providing a 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 Foundation Degree in Optical Coherence Tomography students must complete 11 Modules.

Year 1 - 5 compulsory modules
Year 2 - 5 compulsory modules AND 1 optional module

Year 1 - compulsory modules
You MUST complete the following:

HS4401
HS4402
HS4403
HS4404
HS4405

 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

Year 2 - compulsory modules
You MUST complete the following:

HS5406
HS5407
HS5408
HS5409

HS5410

 Anatomy of the Eye and Systematic Approach to Interpreting OCT Scans
 OCT Interpretation in Glaucoma
 OCT Interpretation in Retinal Vascular Disorders and Uveitis
 OCT Interpretation in Age Related Macular Degeneration, Central Serous   Retinopathy, Vitreoretinal and Choroidal Conditions
 OCT Interpretation in Diabetic Retinopathy

30 CAT
30 CAT
15 CAT
15 CAT

15 CAT

Year 2 - optional modules
Choose ONE of the following only:

HS5411
HS5412
HS5413
HS5414

 OCT Interpretation in Paediatric and Inherited Retinal Conditions
 Interpretation of OCT Angiography
 OCT Interpretation in Anterior Segment
 OCT Interpretation in Neuro-Ophthalmology

15 CAT
15 CAT
15 CAT
15 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 screening and interpretation. 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.

Year 1 - assessment includes online exams, a practical observation by a clinical assessor appointed by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust of students capturing OCT scans and submission of a Portfolio of OCT scans taken by the student
Year 2 - students should be undertaking OCT interpretation within their normal job role or be able to gain experience in interpreting OCT's within their workplace. Assessments will include online exams, one presentation and submission of a portfolio/logbook of OCT scans interpreted, verified by a clinical assessor

What are the entry requirements?
All students must:

  1. Provide evidence of a pass at least grade C in Maths and English at GCSE, or its equivalent and a minimum achievement at NVQ-level or equivalent (e.g. Adult Numeracy and Literacy level 2)
  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

Please note that Year 2 is OCT Interpretation therefore students should be undertaking OCT interpretation within their normal job role or be able to gain experience in interpreting OCT scans within their workplace

Previous completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in OCT will also be considered as APEL for Year 1

How long is the Course?
The course is provided through distance learning over a period of 2 years.
Year 1 - 40 weeks
Year 2 - 48 weeks


How much does the qualification cost?
The course fees are £3000.

The course fees are paid annually in advance
Year 1 - £1500
Year 2 - £1500

Future course dates can be found in this section.

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

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