Courses - Screening Courses

BARS - Training Courses

A number of training courses for people already working in the field of diabetic retinopathy screening and those with no previous screening experience are available in the UK.

Although BARS are unable to formally endorse any specific courses we are happy to list them for the benefit of our members.

The following courses are currently available and should be contacted direct for further details.

If you run a training course for screeners and would like details to appear on this page please contact the BARS Webmaster by emailing:

Grading Course (Starting April 2023)

Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group (GREG) - Gradinging Course

This course, hosted by GREG, is designed to produce competent screeners and graders and also caters for clinicians who may wish to work in tertiary grading. A range of talented and experienced presenters lecture in their specific areas of expertise, within a fun and motivating atmosphere.

For details contact Clare Waite
Tel: 0300 422 2169 or

Qualifications in Optical Coherence Tomography

Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group (GREG) offer the following qualifications in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire:

Foundation Degree in Optical Coherence Tomography (Level 5, 240 CAT)

University Diploma in Optical Coherence Tomography Interpretation (Level 5, 120 CAT)

Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture (Level 4, 120 CAT)

OCT in Digital Surveillance (Level 4, 60 CAT)

For further information please contact or by visiting their website:

Qualifications in Ophthalmic Imaging

An exciting new degree in Ophthalmic Imaging has been specifically developed by professionals in the field to support the growing need for technically skilled Ophthalmic Imaging Practitioners. The programme has been designed as a blended-learning course that combines distanced learning teaching with clinical skills training. The unique combination of the work-based modules and specialist Ophthalmic Imaging content leads to a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Ophthalmic Imaging) which, upon graduation, enables students to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Science.

Students can access the course full time or via an apprenticeship route. The Apprenticeship route is likely to be more appropriate for those already working in the field who want to gain academic and professional recognition for a job they already do.

For more information, please visit the University of Gloucestershire webpages:

Apprenticeship route

Direct Entry route



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