Cert(CPD) Care of the Frail Adult (HE5)

Caring for people living with frailty, in the health or social care sector is influenced by multiple complex factors and demands skilled assessment and management. Building on your existing knowledge from clinical practice, this course is designed to help you develop a solid understanding of best practice in the assessment and management of frail adults.

Care of the Frail Adult (HE5)

Key information



Mode of Study:



14 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

This course is for practitioners who are currently working with frail adults in an assessment or caring capacity. It aims to deepen your understanding of the physical and psychological impact of frailty on a person’s health and wellbeing.

We’ll guide you to explore and evaluate evidence-based methods for detecting frailty and encourage you to consider appropriate theoretical principles as part of your decision making process. Examining the theories surrounding frailty can help you understand the causes of frailty and the long term impact frailty has on health and social care outcomes. We’ll also support you to develop skills in frailty assessment and care‐planning for patients living with frailty.

  • Our dedicated academic team brings their extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in health and social care settings, the team engages with highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework, enabling you to use the credits you’ll gain by completing the course successfully towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Studies (Health and Social Care).
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we’ll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect, and commitment to quality.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector’s needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.
  • This programme is a product of a strong commitment by the University of Bolton and Pennine Acute Foundation Trust, and represents an opportunity to develop and maintain consistently high standards of care of the frail adult and end of life care across our healthcare economy.
  • This collaborative programme brings together the expertise of highly regarded clinicians, educationalists, patients and carers, researchers and academics who are all specialists in their field, ensuring your experience is highly engaging, current and always centred around the pursuit of individualised care for frail adults.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Professional Development qualification in Care of the Frail Adult worth 20 credits at Level HE5.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of adult frailty and end of life care.

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


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We aim to deliver effective learning and teaching that is relevant to you both as a student and an individual working in practice. Using a number of strategies, including classroom work and interactive learning activities, we hope to stimulate debate and discussion that help you master the core concepts. In addition, we’ll focus on your individual needs by offering scheduled tutorial support where you receive personalised advice and guidance.

E-learning is also available through our virtual learning environment (Moodle) so you can complete further study when or where it’s convenient to you.

  • Care of the Frail Adult
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 82%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Lucy Bradshaw
Programme Leader


Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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