Nursing Care of the Older Person in Care Home Settings


The aim of the course is to provide registered nurses, working in care homes, with a strong foundation in providing specialist care for older people.

The course will provide students with advanced knowledge and specialist clinical skills in the practice of nursing older people. Those completing the programme will gain key, transferable and specialist skills to optimise the care of residents living in care homes.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:

Morning and Afternoon.
Part-time (1 day per week)
Virtual Learning Environment
Access to lecture notes and teaching material is provided via the University Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The Postgraduate Certificate is offered over two 12-week semesters over one academic year. Students may enrol on a part-time basis only (one day per week).

Module Overview
The course will be delivered via three modules and contains 60 credits of the established and well-regarded specialist practice programme (older people's pathway). One module takes place in semester one and two modules are in semester two.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:
• Hold a first level Registered Nurse qualification on the appropriate part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register??

• Hold a primary degree.?

• Be currently working in a care home setting.?

• Be available to undertake the course on the date of commencement.?

Places available on this programme are limited. Where there are more eligible applications received than places available, the academic selectors for this programme will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided in each application. We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

• Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

• Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Application dates

Please note the closing date for MSc Data Analytics for September 2023 entry is 31st March 2023 at 4pm. Applications received after this date and time will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by this date and time have been processed.

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 31st March 2023 deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Please note: a deposit will be required to secure a place.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online via the Postgraduate Applications Portal for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes.

New applicants will need to register via the Portal to create an application account. If you are already a Queen's student with an active Qsis account, you can log in using your student number and Qsis password. Guidance on how to complete an application is provided within the Portal and it is possible to save application data and return to complete it at a later date, if you wish. After core details about yourself and your academic background have been provided, you can submit an application, or multiple applications, if required.

If you applied in a previous cycle through the Portal and are re-applying, you should use your previous log in details. Please review and update your personal and contact details, academic and professional qualifications before submitting a new application.

Important – please ensure that the email address you provide is correct and active, as this will be used by us to communicate the progress of your application to you.

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th August 2023 at 12 noon.


1 year part-time.

Contact Teaching Hours
Medium Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
Each module has 3 contact teaching hours per week.

Teaching Times
Teaching will be delivered using a blended approach, approx 60% at Queen's University Belfast and the remaining 40% delivered via online lectures. All teaching will take place on Wednesdays.

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Career Prospects
This programme offers an opportunity for students to develop skills of analytical thinking while facilitating student's continued professional development.

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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