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Social Sciences: Ageing/GerontologyPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

PG Cert Gerontology (Distance Learning)

The PG Certificate Gerontology (Distance Learning) is designed to provide multidisciplinary advanced education in gerontology through distance learning to busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to university and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the subject area.

Introducing your degree

The PG Certificate in Gerontology (Distance Learning) is a programme delivered completely online, offering you the opportunity to complete three modules in the area of ageing. The programme includes an introduction to the discipline of Gerontology and offers you options to specialise in topics such as health and wellbeing, poverty and social protection, and mental health. It allows you to consider a range of careers in the areas of health and social care, policy-making and research. Having successfully completed this programme, you are welcome to progress your studies to the MSc Gerontology (DL) programme.

Programme Overview

The aims of the programme are to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences
View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

Full-time: one year
Full-time students take three compulsory modules in one year, two in the first semester and one in the second semester.

Part-time: two years
Part-time students can take one module in year one and two modules in year two, or vice versa.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

We welcome applications from students holding, or expecting to hold, a British bachelors (honours) upper second-class degree or higher, or equivalent.

Students without the usual entry qualifications may be admitted, with the requisite approval, on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are also welcomed and will be considered.

For all applications, two academic references are required. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications until we have received both references.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Students on the full-time programme take the compulsory module GERO6010 and two more optional modules over the course of the year.

Students on the part-time programme take the compulsory module GERO6010 in year one, and two more optional modules over the course of the two study years.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Distance learning

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