The Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities of Carers for the Elderly

MQF Level 4


The Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities of Carers for the Elderly

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Module Description

This module covers three distinctive areas:

  1. Ethics,
  2. Rights and Responsibilities of carers, and
  3. Legal aspects related to elderly care.

Its aim is to equip you with the knowledge of these three areas, coupled with a basic understanding of how and if these areas interconnect.

This module focuses on the Maltese legislation related to the sector.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply must be in possession of at least one of the following:


  • a pass in English Language and Mathematics;


  • an MQF Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (‘O’ Level or equivalent).

Target Audience

This course is targeted at:

  • Candidates seeking a career and a formal qualification in 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 to become a caregiver for elderly persons, in line with the National Occupational Standards for Elderly Care.

How you’ll be assessed

The course comprises:

  • Evening classes for part-time courses.
  • Classes held throughout the day for full-time courses.
  • Guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.


Assessment is carried out via two mandatory components:

  • Modular Assessment
  • Project Assessment

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. 


Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Develop an understanding of the Maltese legal aspects related to elderly care;
  • Examine relevant issues in relation to professional accountability, professional liability and culpability;
  • Develop, communicate and explore professional values in practice using relevant ethical framework;
  • Identify and communicate organisation’s objectives/framework and roles and responsibilities for achieving the goals related to elderly care;
  • Examine concepts of equitable care in providing care irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity, sexual orientation and culture.


At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Introduction to Ethics.
  • Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas.
  • Professional Values.
  • Duties and Responsibilities.
  • Introduction to Law.


At the end of the module/unit, the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Develop an understanding of legal concepts that influence government initiatives to safeguard elderly care practices;
  • Identify the objectives/framework related to relevant roles and responsibilities in elderly care and working in multidisciplinary team;
  • Examine and adhere to clear and specific practice codes and standards and performance indicators as applied to elderly care settings;
  • Be accountable for own decisions, attitudes and behaviour and be aware of any consequences;
  • Show awareness of sensitivity to cultural diversity

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Identify how to report irregularities and obtain guidance from an immediate superior immediately after an incident or an irregularity occurs especially if the organisation’s policies and procedures do not cover the issue.

Module-Specific Communication Skills :

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Adopt work ethic within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Identify and apply practices related to maintaining confidentiality, dignity and respect.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Develop further understanding to respect workplace protocols.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find, download, and upload assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials, etc.
  • Make use of technology and informatics available as necessary.
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