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Older People's Care PgCert


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.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
6 weeks
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; June; July; August; September; October; November; December
Southwark Campus
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


  • Healthy Ageing
    This module introduces the key issues in developing a critical understanding the physiological, social and psychological processes of ageing. It explores ways in which changes on a cellular level affect whole body systems. All thinking is underpinned by an ethic of working alongside older people and their associates, promoting health, independence and minimizing disability. It is expected that the module will lead to a developed ability to influence and develop practice.
  • Assessing Older People
    This module introduces the key issues in assessing the physical, social, financial and psychological needs of older people. It will look at issues of effective therapeutic relationships between staff and service users and their associates. It will aim to develop practitioner skills in identifying strengths, weaknesses and threats to the older person’s wellbeing. It will enable you to develop the ability to deal with complex assessment issues and to make sound judgments in implementing interventions based on these assessments, often in the absence of complete data and with the understanding that each service user is a unique individual with differing experience of the ageing process.
  • Frailty, Resilience and Enablement in Ageing
    This module engages with issues in working alongside older people whose function and health are worsening. It appraises strategies for working alongside older people in ways, which maximizes their independence, palliates symptoms and supports people at the end of their lives. The module looks to improve students’ knowledge and confidence in forming therapeutic relationships with older people and their families and carers. It aims to enable you to promote positive interdisciplinary team working and the ability to analyse and the factors impacting on this team working.


  • Presentation
  • OSCE of assessment skills
  • 4000 word reflective essay
  • Employability

    Students undertaking this module are already employed within the field of health and social care. A major focus of this module therefore, is the enhancement of existing knowledge, skills and the development of new ones appropriate to their current and future employment status. It is expected that students will do two things: learn from good practice examples of their peers and develop an enriched critical understanding of these skills to enhance their practice and that of their colleagues

    Employability Service

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    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

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    Peter Jones

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
    Job title: Senior Lecturer

    Peter specialises in nursing for older adult patients in both in acute care and rehabilitation, as well as palliative care.

    Colin Winter

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
    Job title: Lecturer - Orthopaedics

    Colin is interested in Orthopaedic Nursing and Long Term Conditions.

    Sandie Woods

    School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
    Job title: Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader

    Sandie worked as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with physical disabilities and mental health needs in hospital and community settings over many years. She is undertaking a Doctorate in Education linked to living well with Dementia and has a special interest in qualitative research. She works full-time.


    Teaching and learning

    Teaching and learning will be supported by the course staff and students will have access to the university’s academic support facilities.

    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.

    How to apply

    International students

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

    2019 entry

    Instructions for Home/EU applicants
    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    6 weeks
    Start date
    January; February; March; April; May; June; July; August; September; October; November; December
    Application code
    Application method
    3 years
    Start date
    Application code
    Application method

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    The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
    UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
    AOS/LSBU code: 5263Session code: 1FS00
    Total course fee:
    UK/EU £27750
    International £41340
    The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
    UK/EU fee: £3555International fee: £4593.33
    AOS/LSBU code: 4554Session code: 1PS00

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