An Integrated Approach to Frailty

Frailty is the most common condition leading to death among the population of people aged over 80. Yet, we know that frailty is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and can be delayed or prevented. This module will enable students to understand the experiences of the frail older person in a range of cultures and contexts and to reflect on assessment, prevention and enabling strategies.

Content includes:

  • Definitions, models and assessment of frailty.
  • Assessment and evaluation of frailty.
  • Preventative and enabling approaches to frailty (including approaches to risk and falls).
  • Principle theories, standards of care and policy directives that influence 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 situation (including delirium).

The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing. Click here for the MSc in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing course website and flyer. 

Study method: Online only, Part-time

  • Module code NURP014
  • Start date 15 January 2018
  • Application deadline 03 December
  • Duration 15 weeks
  • Days on campus 0
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
  • Fees £512
  • Overseas Fees £1,516
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Entrance Requirements

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 Course Director 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.

Please note: this course is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Tier 4 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: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English Language Requirements.

If you don’t meet the required score and are UK based, you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.


A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.


  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the concept of frailty framed within an integrated health and social care context.
  • Evidence ability to systematically review current policy directives and standards of care in an international context.
  • Enhance collaborative individual and group learning in a digital environment
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of preventative and enabling strategies in health and social care in order to achieve the best outcome of care for the person and their family.

Delivery and Assessment

The module is delivered entirely online. We anticipate that some students may be working in posts that require on-call or shift working (day/nights), or may be in different time zones. To enhance the student experience and maximise online participation, this module will be delivered flexibly.  Online teaching sessions, pre-recorded material, interaction on social media and asynchronous discussion boards will complement real time module engagement.

Assessment: 4000 word essay

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Karen Watchman

Application deadline Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:00:00 GMT


This course equips students with the knowledge and skills that they can utilise within their professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGO.  Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care.  They will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to their professional careers.




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