Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture

Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture

This qualification 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


This qualification is provided by Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire as the awarding body, and is suitable for individuals who are employed in health institutions within the UK who routinely capture Optical Coherence Tomography scans.

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 in a clinical context and currently performing OCT capture
  3. Have at least 6 months 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

Course assessment

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.

All modules are 8 weeks in duration and 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

Course fees

The course fees are £1500, payable in advance.

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