A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Module Co-ordinator to discuss further before making an application.
Experience of supporting older people in a health, social care, social work or third sector/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is recommended.
This module is entirely online. International students opting to study online do not need to apply for a Student visa.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill.
- IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking.
See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.
A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.
The learning outcomes for this module are:
- Ability to critically debate current and emerging issues related to the definition of frailty.
- Advanced understanding of the evidence base related to frailty framed within an integrated health and social care context.
- Critically apply the concept of frailty to define risk and opportunity associated with ageing.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of preventative strategies in health and social care to achieve the best outcome for the person experiencing frailty and their family.
Structure and content
Content in the module includes:
- Definitions, models and assessment of frailty.
- Assessment and evaluation of frailty.
- Preventative and enabling approaches to frailty (including approaches to risk and falls).
- Principal theories, standards of care and policy directives that influence the identification and management of frailty from a medical and a social care perspective.
- Optimising the function of the person experiencing frailty (including younger people and the oldest-old).
- Understanding lived experiences of frailty.
- Recognising frailty in an emergency (including delirium and intermediate care principles).
Delivery and assessment
The module is delivered entirely online.
There is one assessment in two parts:
- Contribution to two assessed online discussions linked to definitions of frailty, 15% submitted at any time during the module.
- 3,000-word essay submitted at the end of the module, 85%.
Dr Karen Watchman
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you can use within your professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGOs. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care. You will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional career.