Taught course

Eye Care Governance

Cardiff University · School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to hold either:

  • UK/EU Students: BSc (Hons) Optometry, GOC registration or equivalent national qualification.
  • Overseas: a) Honours degree in optometry or b) Professional optometric qualification of home country.
  • Non UK/EU Students: a) Honours degree in optometry or b) Professional optometric qualification of home country.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Optometry in eye care governance is a 60 credit Level 7 qualification, which seeks to provide those involved in the governing of eye care in the UK with a professional qualification. Whilst we also run highly successful qualifications for those involved in clinical practice, this qualification is aimed at those who undertake clinical governance and advisory roles in the sector.

Starting in September, this course consists of three core modules – leadership skills, evidence-based eye care and audit, and legal aspects of UK optometry – as well as a free choice of 20 credits to allow students to follow their interests and increase their knowledge and understanding of a specific area. The aim of the course is to provide eye care professionals with the skills required to successfully oversee ophthalmic services, with the opportunity to become effective leaders within the sector, and with a comprehensive overview of their legal obligations in optometric practice in the UK.

Several modules are aligned with nationally agreed competency standards – for example, the Low Vision Service Wales and the MECS scheme among others.

Students who have evidence of achieving such standards within the last three years can present this to the director of the programme for consideration for approved prior learning (APL) accreditation, where module credits would be given to the student in recognition of their prior achievements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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