Standalone Modules (part-time by distance learning)
We offer the following as individual standalone modules:
- ORT6001 Concomitance and Incomitance in Depth
- ORT6011 Stroke*
- ORT6002 Insight into Disease
- ORT6022 Low Vision*
- ORT6003 Eye to Vision
- ORT6033 Exemptions*
- ORT6100 Research Methods
(*see below - BIOS Accredited Modules)
Find the dates when standalone modules will take place →
Each module amounts to 30 credits and is recognised as a qualification in itself. Alternatively the credits can be used as a contribution to the MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) qualification should a student subsequently apply and be accepted onto the course (within five years).
Any two standalone modules would be combined to enable the award of a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), any four standalone modules would enable the award of a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) as long as the credits are gained within a five year time span.
All of the modules are available to anybody with a relevant qualification in the eye care profession. Currently we have Low Vision nurses, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists studying with us.
Most modules require one day of attendance for teaching in Sheffield, however the Low Vision module additionally requires attendance at a clinical exam held in July each year.
Further information about the modules and the forms of assessment are available to download from the right hand menu.
You will receive a certificate of completion once you have successfully completed the module.
How to apply
Please complete the online application form that is available here. You must include the module title for which you are applying for in the 'Background information' text box (module information available here). Dates for the next available standalone modules are listed below. Applications should be made no less than a month before the module start date, however we may be able consider later applications subject to places being available.
For this module you will need to undertake clinical work at your home clinic. You will need to complete and return a 'Manager's Consent' form which can be downloaded from the right hand menu. Please send the completed and signed form by email to Sheena Coales at the same time that you submit your application. Alternatively you can post it (details can be found on our 'Contact details' page).
For this module you will need to complete and return a 'Primary Exemptions Tutor Support' form which can be downloaded from the right hand menu. Please send the completed and signed form by email to Sheena Coales at the same time that you submit your application. Alternatively you can post it (details can be found on our 'Contact details' page).
Information about the fees to study a standalone module are available here.
BIOS/HCPC Accredited Modules
Some modules are accredited for clinical practice by the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS); they particularly lend themselves to standalone study to enable an orthoptist to become a clinical practitioner in these specialist areas. The following modules are BIOS accredited:
The Low Vision module has been awarded the course Level 2 accreditation by the BIOS.
The Stroke module has been awarded the course Level 2 accreditation by the BIOS.
We are also pleased to announce that a new standalone module is now available on Exemptions (supplying and administering exempted medications for orthoptists). This module has been approved by the HCPC.
Dates of the next available Standalone Modules
|Start date||Module Title||Credits||Module Code||Attendance in Sheffield required||Date of exam|
|04/03/2019||Research Methods||30||ORT6100||Not required||N/A|
|02/03/2019||Insight into Disease||30||ORT6002||Not required (virtual tutorial on Saturday 02/03/19)||N/A|
|04/03/2019||Low Vision||30||ORT6022||Introductory Day on Monday 04/03/2019||Tuesday 09/07/2019
(will take place in Sheffield)
|08/03/2019||Exemptions||30||ORT6033||Introductory Day on Friday 08/03/2019||Online exam details tbc|
|14/09/2019||Eye to Vision||30||ORT6003||Introductory Day on Saturday 14/09/2019||N/A|
|14/09/2019||Exemptions||30||ORT6033||Introductory Day on Saturday 14/09/2019||Online exam details tbc|
|15/09/2019||Concomitance and Incomitance in Depth||30||ORT6001||Introductory Day on Sunday 15/09/2019||N/A|
|15/09/2019||Stroke||30||ORT6011||Introductory Day on Sunday 15/09/2019||N/A|