Paediatric Eye Care - Standalone module

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, where you can apply to the Optometry PgCert and advance to the PgDip and MSc. For the professional certificate, visit the following page.


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: March 2024

Application deadline: 25 January 2024

Duration: 4 months

Fees: for 2023/24:  £1240

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

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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.

Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:


Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm BST)

Please click here for guidance on completing the postgraduate application. 

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. 


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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