University Diploma in Optical Coherence Tomography Interpretation

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 University Diploma in Optical Coherence Tomography Interpretation (120 CAT at Level 5)

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 provide a detailed knowledge of the features of clinical disease and common abnormalities detected in OCT scans
  2. To show how to operate in situations of varying complexity and predictability requiring the application of a wide range of techniques and information to interpret OCT scans
  3. 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 those who interpret Optical Coherence Tomography 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 University Diploma in Optical Coherence Tomography Interpretation students must complete 6 Modules.
5 compulsory modules and 1 optional module

Compulsory modules
You MUST complete the following:



 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

Optional modules
Choose ONE of the following only:


 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 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.

What are the entry requirements?
All students must:

  1. Hold a minimum of a Level 4 qualification in a health related qualification
  2. Be employed in a clinical context and have the opportunity to undertake OCT Interpretation
  3. Have at minimum of 6 months experience in OCT Capture or Interpretation
  4. 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 students should be undertaking OCT interpretation within their normal job role or be able to gain experience in interpreting OCT's within their workplace.

How long is the Course?
The course is provided through distance learning over a period of 48 weeks.

How much does the qualification cost?
The course fees are £2250 payable in advance

Future course dates can be found in this section.

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