Caring for Older People

Caring for Older People

Distance Learning Course of 7 Lessons

This course has been discontinued

Course Description

The care of older people is a complex and skilled branch of health care. To be effective, carers need to be knowledgeable, flexible and positive in their interventions. This course’s objectives are based on the idea that care of older people needs to be holistic. This means that in order to be effective a carer must consider the client from biological, psychological and sociological viewpoints.

About Caring For Older People

It is essential to underpin this holistic assessment with an insight into the relationships between the client’s individual needs and the attitudes and resources that currently exist. In each session you will find activities which help you to explore both the situation experienced by the older person and your own beliefs and value systems.

The impact of demographic trends in caring for older people

The Social Context of Care for Older People

Provision of Care Within a Mixed Economy

Helping older people achieve independence

The Physiology of Ageing

Promoting Health in Older People

Holistic Care for Older People

On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Qualification 1: Caring for Older People Diploma

Caring for Older People Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

Qualification 2: Caring for Older People Certificate of Completion

Caring for Older People Certificate of Completion issued by eLearn Canada college.

With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor’s role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

This course is an online course. With online study you have access to your entire course from the start of your studies. You can access your course materials, and submit all of your question papers to your personal tutor, online from anywhere in the World using your unique student account.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependent upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 – 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 140 hrs.


There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrollment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Qualifications Register

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

Social Care Association (SCA)

On completion of your course you will be able to join the SAC as a Network Member.

SCA believes that the application of good practice in any setting happens finally between the person using services and the social care worker. Our purpose and business is supporting that person to practise well.

Benefits of Membership 

1. Demonstrate to your employer and to your registering council that you are committed to the pursuit of best practice and ongoing learning. 
2. Protect your own ability to work should the worst ever happen and you have problems with either your employer or your registering body.  (SCA does not defend poor practice) 
3. Join in influencing thinking and practice in social care – share your experiences and learn from others. 
4. Gain access to SCA training and education opportunities and other services with Member Discount. 
As a member of the SCA you will receive:

1. Access to good practice guidance 
2. Opportunities to share experiences and discuss practice developments
3. The chance to have a voice and influence policy 
4. Access to a network of good practitioners 
5. Discounts on SCA services, publications and seminars



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