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Wellbeing in Later Life (Top-Up) - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This top-up degree course is intended for those who wish to work in new and innovative ways with older people. The course focuses on ways of improving the wellbeing and autonomy of older people and managing the challenges arising from demographic change. You'll learn new skills to enhance your experience and employment prospects in a supportive environment that's geared towards helping you meet your personal and career goals.

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Innovation and entrepreneurship are important elements of this course as we seek to address challenges facing older people and those involved in working with them.

The course is taught by staff with expertise in issues facing older people in particular regarding mental health, human rights, ethics, health and social care, service user involvement, community development and research. Our expert honorary staff who work for Public Health England, the NHS and the voluntary sector contribute to the programme alongside a wider group of partners including local authorities.

You'll learn in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment, developing skills in areas including leadership and management. You'll also have opportunities to develop in-depth understanding of common challenges posed in conditions such as dementia. The degree course will also support you in building your knowledge of entrepreneurism and business development.

Work placements enhance the development of skills and understanding of different career directions open to you after you graduate. You'll have the opportunity to undertake a work-based learning placement module – this can include your existing workplace. 


Assessments will be a mix of coursework, projects and a portfolio. The assessments are related to real life challenges and you'll have some choice in the areas studied in relation to their interests and career goals. There'll be some opportunities for hands on small-scale research by interviewing older people and analysing the results. Detailed guidance and support is given for all assessments and you'll have opportunities to submit draft work or plans for individual feedback and tutorials.

Professional accreditation

If you take both housing module options (Homelessness and Housing Policy and Housing Issues and Housing Solutions), you'll be eligible for Charted Institute of Housing (CIH) membership upon successful completion of your degree.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • the equivalent of 112 UCAS credits (56 Level 4 and 56 Level 5) in a relevant diploma such as nursing or health and social care, or a foundation degree such as public health and social care or health and social care
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)  

Normally, no further credit is available from the Level 6 programme.

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis. 

Nurses and practitioners from health and social care with substantial relevant work experience may be considered and are also encouraged to apply.

You should be able to demonstrate your knowledge base in this field with strong analytical abilities that are underpinned by academic skills, as well as high levels of organisation, motivation and IT skills necessary for independent learning.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module will recognise the multidisciplinary context of ageing and encompass the biological, psychological, social gerontological, political and sociological perspectives. Demographic trends suggest that health promotion and meeting the health needs of older people are and will continue to be a growing necessity and priority for health and social care. The module will cover relevant theories, emerging policies and research in relation to older people in the UK, practice and ethical issues, including consent for interviews. Definitions of old age will be explored along with the social and cultural contexts. The debate about usage of health and social care services and costs is addressed. As London’s diverse population ages, the health and social care challenges grow to ensure an efficient and effective service user and carer focused service. The integration of health and social care organisations has changed, and will change, the employment base for many professionals and has major implications for the care and service delivery for older people across the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This is a core module for the BSc Public Health and Health Promotion programme. The module explores theory, policy and practical aspects of public health and health promotion with a focus on community level interventions and engagement within the UK. The syllabus is informed by the public health core and defined areas established in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2016).

    Students contextualise current public health practice drawing on case studies of specific public health policy contexts in the UK. The main focus will be on key theories, policies and practices influencing developments in public health and health promotion, with an emphasis on design, implementation and evaluation of interventions at the community level.

    Relevant initiatives and research in strategies and priorities for public health and health promotion such as health inequalities, participation and involvement, partnership working, social determinants of health, lifestyles and behaviour, and population groups will be explored.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Healthy ageing and wellbeing in later life is a key element of public health policy in the UK. This is accompanied by a shift away from thinking about health purely in terms of absence of illness and a move towards broader measures of health and wellbeing.

    The module takes a critical pedagogy approach which is congruent with the rapid social, political and professional changes related to later life and the need for those working in this field to explore critically and make sense of the contested but often taken for granted dimensions of practice. This approach therefore aims to develop students as critical practitioners through exploration of a range of historical and contemporary perspectives drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines. Critical pedagogy also allows not only for a critique of current knowledge and practice but also for imagining and ultimately creating alternative, less oppressive realities. This allows for the construction of alternative knowledge and practice through a focus on lived experience.

    The module develops work previously undertaken on Experiences of Later Life which focuses on the multidisciplinary context of ageing and the biological, psychological, social gerontological, political and sociological perspectives.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The Wellbeing in Later Life Practice Project module enables students to examine in depth an intervention relevant to wellbeing in later life in their specific area of practice. Students will conduct their project by collecting and interpreting secondary data and propose ways in which practice in this area might be developed. A key focus will be on the identification of the social and environmental determinants of wellbeing at the local level and how these might be addressed with a view to informing their own practice and consolidating transferable skills for future employment in relevant fields.

    The module is informed by the nature and scope of health studies, subject knowledge and understanding and subject-specific and transferable skills in the QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Health Studies (2008).

    The module will give students the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired through the Experiences of Later Life, Wellbeing in Later Life and Public Health and Health Promotion modules. Within the project students will be studying independently with support from a supervisor and members of the module team. In addition, students will be facilitated in analysing and debating relevant issues from their practice, using student-centred learning approaches such as seminars, self-directed learning and online group discussion.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    Homelessness and Housing Policy outlines the key issues of housing policy in the UK with a focus upon homelessness. It looks at the history of housing policy and of social housing in particular in the UK; at housing trends in the UK and the causes of the current housing crisis in London in particular and at homelessness. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing Issues and Housing Solutions’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area. The module runs for 14 weeks, and is assessed through a seminar presentation and a 2,500 word essay.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Housing Issues and Housing Solutions outlines the key issues that face people working in housing, residents and community workers. It will provide a policy context, but will focus on a practical approach to dealing with community-related & housing issues, their causes and solutions. It will examine the rights and obligations of residents and identify good practice in key management areas such as resident involvement, dealing with anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing and Homelessness’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area. The module runs for 15 weeks, and is assessed by an essay, a report and an interactive Weblearn test.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module has been designed to develop students’ understanding, theoretical knowledge and practical skills of leadership and management in the context of professional practice. Students will develop analytical skills to understand critically of the role of management in leading teams and in providing ethical and quality services in the context of resource constraints and changing social environments.The module will embed employability skills by simulating work environments and will employ skills of problem solving and decision making, staff appraisal and professional behaviour required for provision of policy and practice in professional contexts.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to the determinants of health, health and healthcare in urban settings: itis underpinned by the notion of urban health crisis and the controversy of health and healthcare in cities. It uses a public health approach to examine how the wider determinants of health (especially the social, economic and physical conditions) impact on health and access to healthcare in urban settings. As this impact is most significant in global cities, therefore, the module examines health and healthcare in cities like London.Thus, the module gives students an opportunity to consider health trends in relation to distinctive features of urban populations and explore persistent challenges to the organisation and delivery of health services in urban settings, against the backdrop of globalisation. The impact of recent local, national and international policy initiatives on the emerging and long-standing problems of health and healthcare in London and other selected cities will also be examined.

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Core modules include:

  • Experiences of Later Life
  • Wellbeing in Later Life
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Wellbeing Project

Option modules (up to 30 credits):

  • Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts (30 credits)
  • Work-based placement learning (30 credits)
  • Work-based placement learning (15 credits)
  • Current Issues in Disabilities (15 credits)
  • Development and Social Enterprise (30 credits)
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy (15 credits)
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (15 credits)
  • Partnership Working (15 credits)
  • Urban Health (30 credits)

You'll be able to work in a range of sectors related to older people. The course will provide a solid platform to explore opportunities to develop in the service, management and/or policy areas. You'll also be able to develop skills and explore opportunities towards particular sectors through core and option modules and especially the Wellbeing Project module.

During the programme we'll have employment fairs and events with prospective employers for you to take advantage of. We'll also have dedicated employment activities to help you build your CV and profile ready for the job market.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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