Undergraduate Diploma in Elderly Care

MQF Level 5


Elderly Care

TBA 2024
Price  (Local/EU)
Price  (Non-EU)
Full-Time: 12 months
ECTS Credits

Course Description

The Undergraduate Diploma in Elderly Care aims to equip you with the skills and competences to handle elderly people with health issues, as well as challenges presented in working with multidisciplinary teams within an elderly care setting. The course covers the physical, psychological, nutritional and mental aspects of human health, as well as the tools you will need to deal with illnesses and challenging behaviour.

Additionally, you will be introduced to quality management, leadership, and public policy and legal basis for elderly care.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess the following:

  • a qualification at MQF Level 4 (one ‘A’ Level or equivalent in any subject);


  • a pass in English Language* and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).

Preference will be given to prospective applicants having a year of work experience related to the study programme.

* Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

Target Audience

This course is targeted at:

  • candidates seeking a career and a formal qualification in elderly care;
  • candidates from healthcare settings seeking to upgrade their academic pathway with a focus on providing elderly care;
  • candidates who wish to progress in their studies along the further and higher education route, whilst broadening their chances of advancing in their own career path.

Career Paths

This programme aims to prepare you for caregiver/caregiver supervisory roles, in line with the National Occupational Standards for Elderly Care.


You are required to complete all 9 study modules and the work placement (60 ECTS) to obtain the Undergraduate Diploma in Elderly Care.

How you’ll be assessed

This is a full-time programme and will typically take 8 months to complete. The programme comprises a total of 9 study modules and a work placement. The method of assessment is assignment-based.

The course comprises:

  • 6 lectures per module;
  • 3-hour lectures;
  • 12 hours of guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos;
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work;
  • 150-hour work placement.



The programme includes different forms of assessment which allow for and promote students’ critical engagement. The formative and summative assessment tasks may include an in-class assignment and/or a home-based written assignment using diverse assessment tools which may take the form of online and in-class discussions, examinations, case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, etc., as applicable to the diverse modules.


Course Intake Dates

TBA 2024

Additional Info:

Kindly be advised that the cost of the Carer Uniform, which is mandatory, is not encompassed within the tuition fee and will incur additional expenses.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of ethical issues and set of rights and responsibilities related to elderly care including understanding of relevant legal regulations, policies and procedures.
  2. Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of leadership and quality management issues and methodologies used in elderly care context.
  3. Demonstrate transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge in using different techniques relevant to management of nutritional, physical, psychological and mental aspects of human health.
  4. Manage elderly independently applying technical and problem- solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.
  5. Develop an understanding of research based literature on the subject of elderly care, including leadership and quality management aspects of it.
  6. Develop in-depth awareness and appreciation of multifaceted aspects of delivering personal care for elderly including elderly with special needs.



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Maria Borg

I learnt a lot from my lectures at IDEA Academy. I very much recommend IDEA Academy – help is found every time you need it and they are flexible, especially towards part-time students such as as myself. My message to prospective students is that it is never too late to start or continue studying.

Maria Borg

M.Sc. in Healthcare Management and Leadership

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