AdvDip(CPD) Care of the Frail Adult (HE6)

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.

AdvDip(CPD) Care of the Frail Adult (HE6)

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.

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: AdvDip(CPD)
  • Duration: 14 weeks

Course highlights:

  • Our dedicated academic team brings extensive health and social care experience to the course content. Along with their passion for service excellence in health and social care settings, they’re also currently engaged in highly relevant research, which means they can add valuable context and insight to your learning.
  • The course is part of a professional development framework, and you can 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 an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Care of the Frail Adult worth 20 credits at Level HE6.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: AdvDip(CPD)
  • Duration: 14 weeks

You should be working in a health and social care setting in a role where you can gain experience of working with frail adults.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

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

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more 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.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Care of the Frail Adult

Teaching, learning and assessment

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.


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. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. 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.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (82%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (18%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    14 weeks

Contact us

Sue First
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903755

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903