Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic
Retinopathy Screening

This qualification aims, through directed learning and structured assessments, to help you develop and gain recognition for your knowledge and skills in diabetic eye screening. This is a unique qualification awarded by Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.  Course content includes knowledge of diabetes, the processes and equipment commonly used in screening and how to screen and grade for diabetic eye disease.   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.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who are employed in health institutions undertaking digital diabetic retinopathy screening where they are involved in both screening patients and grading images. Subsidiary awards within this qualification are provided for those who perform only a screening role or a grading role. 

Qualification CATs HS4301 HS4302 HS4303 HS4304 HS4305 Length
Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening 120 40 weeks
Subsidiary awards              
University Certificate in Imaging for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening 90   32 weeks
University Certificate in Grading for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening 60     24 weeks

 

Course Map

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you’ll study to complete the course.

Course Map

Entry requirements

All students must meet the following criteria:

  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

Course assessment

You will study the award you choose as a distance learning course whilst in full or part time employment as a healthcare professional working within health institutions undertaking digital diabetic retinopathy screening.  Depending upon your experience in diabetic eye screening you will be required to complete up to 10 hours study per week and continue the application of learning in clinical practice.

Each module is 8 weeks duration and is completed by accessing online teaching, self-tests , videos  and other resources from our online learning platform.

Course fees

Certificate of Higher Education in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: £1500

University Certificate in Imaging for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: £1200

University Certificate in Grading for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: £1000

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