ACO701, eye care

Key features

This module will enable students to extend their theoretical knowledge of glaucoma and develop their clinical skills to an enhanced level to support accurate diagnosis, referral and monitoring of ocular hypertension and chronic open angle glaucoma patients.
Successful completion of this module will allow eligible applicants to gain the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Glaucoma and will support progression through the Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT) framework in glaucoma. 
Key features
module details

Module code




FHEQ Level 

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach: distance learning delivery of theoretical content, with one face-to-face clinical teaching day at the start of the module, a live webinar opportunity and one face-to-face assessment day at the end of the module.

Module details

This module will equip students with enhanced theoretical knowledge and clinical expertise in relation to ocular hypertension and glaucoma diagnosis, referral and monitoring.
Units of study include:
  • Anatomy and physiology relevant to glaucoma.
  • Classification, terminology and epidemiology.
  • Clinical investigation of the glaucoma patient.
  • Imaging in glaucoma.
  • Clinical decision making.
  • Introduction to treatment and management of glaucoma.
  • Monitoring and detecting change.
  • Clinical governance, informed consent and communication.
The assessment for this module includes a written examination, clinical examination (OSCE) and clinical portfolio with viva.
Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the classification, pathophysiology and risk factors of the glaucomas.
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the differential diagnosis of relevant disorders of the optic nerve head and visual pathway.
  • Demonstrate detailed systematic knowledge and understanding of the design and application of different instrumentation and techniques for assessment and diagnosis of glaucoma.
  • Systematically organise and communicate with patients to elicit comprehensive and complex clinical information and deliver relevant and accessible advice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform advanced clinical assessments to aid the evaluation and monitoring of glaucoma and ocular hypertension.    
  • Demonstrate the ability to systematically and critically analyse and interpret the signs, symptoms and clinical findings recorded during the assessment of a patient with ocular hypertension or glaucoma and produce accurate clinical management recommendations. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Module dates

29 Jan 2024 – Online induction
26 Feb 2024 – Face to Face Clinical Day at CEE
10 June 2024 – Assessment Day at CEE
The dates provided are those on which student attendance is needed. There are other key dates for the module (e.g. portfolio submission) which will be provided once the student has been enrolled. 
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit. 
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. 
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.


Entry requirements

  • Registered ophthalmic professional working in a clinical area that will facilitate the successful completion of the module learning outcomes. 
  • All registered optometrists are eligible to apply for this module. Other ophthalmic professionals are also eligible to apply for this module, however they must be able to provide a certified letter from their employer confirming an appropriate level of competence in the clinical examination of the eye, to include slit lamp examination, optic disc assessment with indirect biomicroscopy and Goldmann applanation tonometry.  
  • Due to the blended learning delivery model of this module, it is an expectation that applicants will have access to wi-fi and relevant electronic devices that allow them to engage fully with all aspects of module delivery, teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • In some cases, an interview may be required to assess individual ability to meet the requirements of this module. 

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology

This module can be studied as a standalone 20 credit option or as part of the full MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology.
An innovative and flexible MSc programme supporting the postgraduate development of registered ophthalmic professionals to an advanced level of practice in Clinical Ophthalmology.
Full programme details can be found on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology page. 
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You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.