An Integrated Approach to Frailty

This module explores assets-based and outcome-focused approaches to frailty affecting people in later life, including the oldest-old.

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP014
  • Start date 22 Jan 2024 Applications will open in June 2023.
  • Application deadline8 Jan 2024
  • Duration11 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees Home: £1,167, Overseas: £1,167
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


The Integrated Approach to Frailty module is an optional module in the MSc Global Ageing and the MSc Advancing Practice, or it may be taken as a standalone module for professional development.

The module considers assets-based and outcome-focused approaches to frailty incorporating issues affecting people in later life, including the oldest-old. Students will develop an awareness of the experiences of the person experiencing frailty, their family and carers in a range of cultures and contexts, and will critically reflect on approaches to assessment and prevention. This includes evidence-based interventions and models that promote well-being, independence and ongoing social participation.

Taking an assets-based approach to frailty appears contradictory in the knowledge that frailty is the most common condition leading to death among the population of people aged over 80. Yet, we know that frailty is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and can be delayed or prevented. This module will enable students to understand the experiences of the frail older person in a range of cultures and contexts and to reflect on assessment, prevention and enabling interventions.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Module Co-ordinator to discuss further before making an application.

Experience of supporting older people in a health, social care, social work or third sector/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is recommended.

This module is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Student visa.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with minimum of 169 in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 169 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL 90 with no subtest less than 20

If you don’t meet the required score and are UK based, you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your module and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.


A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.


The learning outcomes for this module are:

  • Ability to critically debate current and emerging issues related to the definition of frailty.
  • Advanced understanding of the evidence base related to frailty framed within an integrated health and social care context.
  • Critically apply the concept of frailty to define risk and opportunity associated with ageing.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of preventative strategies in health and social care to achieve the best outcome for the person experiencing frailty and their family.

Structure and content

Content in the module includes:

  • Definitions, models and assessment of frailty.
  • Assessment and evaluation of frailty.
  • Preventative and enabling approaches to frailty (including approaches to risk and falls).
  • Principal theories, standards of care and policy directives that influence the identification and management of frailty from a medical and a social care perspective.
  • Optimising the function of the person experiencing frailty (including younger people and the oldest-old).
  • Understanding lived experiences of frailty.
  • Recognising frailty in an emergency (including delirium and intermediate care principles).

Delivery and assessment

The module is delivered entirely online. 

There is one assessment in two parts:

  1. Contribution to two assessed online discussions linked to definitions of frailty, 15% submitted at any time during the module.
  2. 3,000-word essay submitted at the end of the module, 85%.

Module coordinator

Dr Karen Watchman


This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you can use within your professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGOs. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care. You will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to your professional career.

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