Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent. Normally a health or social care professional registered with the Health and Care Professional Council, The General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Students are not expected to work in a specialist older adult care environment but would have regular contact with older people.

Months of entry


Course content

This course seeks to seeks to produce practitioners who embody good practice, are clinical leaders and advocates for older people and their carers. It will develop your skills with a view to not only producing excellence in care but flexibility and self-confidence in the practitioner.

The need for the further development of appropriate skills, competencies and attitudes in caring for older people has been widely recognised. Changing demographics, treatments, technology and expectations are all powerfully influencing the development of older people’s care as a specialty.

This course sees the care of older people as collaborative and inter-disciplinary with a positive view towards the possibilities of longer, healthier lives and the need to address those matters of ill health, which can threaten the quality of later life. Within the course we will therefore place interdisciplinary practice in all modules as the primary model of care.

The values of compassion, dignity and empathy are central to all teaching and we will work with you in a way that emphasises these values and allows them to permeate your professional development. We view patient care as collaborative; working alongside older people and their families with an approach that embraces the complexity of care and jointly developing solutions to these complexities.

Information for international students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Fees and funding

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The part time option runs modules in 6 week blocks.

Course contact details

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