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Working with Older People - FdA

Why study this course?

If you're currently working in the health and care industry and wish to improve your skill set, then the Working With Older People FdA will teach you how to meet the needs of the current growing population of older people who need professional care. Taught through our partner institution City and Islington College, the course combines both practical and theoretical work and college-based learning, enabling you to develop your expert knowledge and skills when working with older people. London Met is the 2017 "preferred provider" of the The North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. This means we have been commissioned to train existing social workers who can supervise graduates starting out in social work, ensuring you'll receive a continuity of support by London Met from your education through to your career.

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In the Working with Older People FdA course, you’ll gain theoretical knowledge and learn how to apply its practical application in a professional setting. By the end of the course, you'll have developed the skills necessary for working with older people in the community, residential and day care and in the home.

This foundation course will allow you to investigate the best ways of delivering care while taking the client’s wishes into consideration. You'll also explore end-of-life care, both from a physical and emotional perspective.

A range of local and national considerations are taken into account, and the teaching draws on a range of disciplines. These include care in the older community, leadership and management, application of research methods, end of life care, person-centred approaches, understanding nutrition for older people, communication and relationships for older people.

Designed to help you in your career, the course provides you with the opportunity to undertake training of a professional nature supported by a mentor at work. This will help you develop the skills that employers are searching for, and further boost your career prospects.


You will be assessed through coursework, project work and written assignments.

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

  • a Level 3 qualification in Health and Care eg, NVQ or BTEC National Diploma or a recognised Access to Higher Education Certificate in a related subject
  • two GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above in English and Maths (or equivalent eg, functional skills level 2)
  • some experience of working or volunteering in health and social care
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • two satisfactory references

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of Level 5. 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.

Please note, unfortunately we cannot accept applications from international students for this course.

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time. Please refer to the City and Islington College website for further information.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Person Centred Approaches When Caring for Older People
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Understanding Nutrition for Older People
  • Policy and Legislation in the Context of Older People
  • Communication and Relationship with Older People

Year 2 modules include:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Work-Based Learning and Application of Research Methods
  • Socio-Therapeutic Skills in Older People
  • End of Life Care
  • Care in the Older Community
  • Cognitive Dysfunctions in Older People

On successful completion of the course, you'll obtain a Foundation Degree in Working for Older People, demonstrating your capability for working in the care sector. You'll also have the opportunity to progress onto the final year of the Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) degree at London Met.

This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and you'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.

You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at College.

At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.

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.

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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