Taught course

Health and Wellbeing of the Older Person

University of Stirling · Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a degree or degree equivalent from a university or college recognised by the University of Stirling. A professional qualification plus relevant experience may be accepted as equivalent. Selection follows consideration of written application, professional references and an informal discussion with the Course Director. The University operates a system for inclusion of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and APEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential learning).

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

The over-arching aim of this course is to support health and social care professionals to develop an enhanced and applied knowledge base of the health and wellbeing of the older person and their service provision.

Critical literature has been amassed which shows that current standards of care often fail to deliver good quality care for the older person, therefore the need to improve the care and experience of the older person in health and social care have become significant policy drivers in the UK and beyond. To address policy requirements it is widely recognised that professionals require knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver standards, act as positive role models and develop leadership capacity with older people.

The important values that inform this course reflect the growing priorities that have been identified which support the need to provide an improved and more responsive level of care for older people. Furthermore it is important that new roles need to be developed within health and social care, career pathways mapped out, and leadership in this area strengthened.

This course will provide students with the advanced knowledge and skills to support the course aims. Specialist modules ensure students gain insight into the complexities of caring for older people enabling them to act as change agents, facilitating improvements in aspects of that care. Knowledge development and experience will be achieved through critical engagement with both the academic content and practice experience, directly related to the care of the older person.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts, policies and practices that influence delivery of health and social care for the older person
  • Critically apply new knowledge and skills to support collaborative working with other professionals that enables practice improvement in older persons care
  • Evaluate models of practice development and service delivery in all settings where the older person lives or is cared for
  • Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues that arise in practice
  • Plan and execute a significant practice project which focuses on improvement of care for the older person
  • Demonstrate attributes of personal organisation, planning and evaluation skills that support effective academic and clinical work
  • Demonstrate development of attributes and skills commensurate with clinical leadership that will contribute to the delivery of high quality care for older people

Fees and funding

Details of tuition fees within the University are found at:


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Annetta Smith
+ 44 (0)1851 708250