Paediatric Eye Care - Professional Certificate

The Paediatric Eye Care standalone module at Aston University, Birmingham. This module aims to equip you with enhanced knowledge and clinical skills in the specialist area of paediatric optometry. It can also be taken as part of the Optometry Flexible Framework. The professionally accredited route, which is accredited by the College of Optometrists, involves completion of the theoretical module, assessments plus a mandatory on-campus workshop.


Please note the deadline for applications is 25 January 2024

Course type
Part-time / distance learning

Course format

No placements


4 months

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Key information, entry requirement and fees

Credit value: 20 Masters-level credits

Mode of delivery: Online delivery

Number of places available: 20

Start date: 1st March 2024

Application deadline: 25 January 2024

Workshop dates: 15th-17th May 2024

Duration: 4 months

Fees: for 2023/24:  £1240 plus £149 practical workshop, total cost £1389

Entry requirements: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry who sees child patients regularly.

Language requirement: Find out more about our English language requirements



Professional accreditation

This module has been designed to meet the requirements of the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care.

Please note while any clinician in the field of optometry is eligible to study this module, only those who are registered with the General Optical Council will receive the acknowledgment of Prof Cert Paediatrics by the College of Optometrists upon successful completion.

Course outline and what you will study

This module aims to equip clinicians in the field of optometry with enhanced knowledge and clinical skills in the specialist area of paediatric optometry. Topics covered within this module include:

  • Typical visual development in infancy.
  • Refractive error development and distribution of refractive error in throughout childhood.
  • Assessment of refractive error in infants and children.
  • Prescribing decision making in children.
  • Myopia management in childhood: current strategies and evidence from research.
  • Tests and techniques to assess vision in infants and children.
  • Tests and techniques to assess binocular vision in infants and children.
  • Management of common binocular vision anomalies in children.
  • Tests and techniques to assess ocular health in infants and children and common ocular paediatric conditions.
  • Paediatric contact lenses.
  • Communicating with children and parents.
  • Introduction to eye care in children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Dispensing in children.
  • Vision Screening.
  • Safeguarding in children.

Content and directed learning delivered on this course links in with contemporary research in this field.

This course is part of the School of Optometry which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

Learning and teaching: 

Lecture content is delivered by distance learning, using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more. You will also complete small group activity learning with activities such as tutorials and independent study. 

The on-campus training within this course takes place over a period of three days. During the clinical training days, you will take part in a number of practical and discussion workshops and gain hand-on experience with child patients within our specialist paediatric optometry clinics.


A variety of assessment methods linked to learning outcomes are utilised including coursework, an MCQ online test and individual assignments.

Key staff:

Module lead: Professor Nicola Logan & Dr Hannah Bartlett


Career prospects

Our range of continuing professional development modules offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career, it is also our ethos is to equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference in your field.

They have been designed to allow you to develop specialist knowledge in advanced optometric topics like paediatric eye care. Clinical application and content may allow eye care professionals to widen and specialise their mode of practice.

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