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Certificate for Module (Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person [Health & Social Care Professions])
證書 (單元 :支援體弱長者的需求[社康照顧專業] )

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
January 2024
34 hours
Course Fee
How to Apply
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This programme aims to develop a deep and critical understanding of the impact of frailty on an individual’s health and well-being, both physically and psychologically. 

It will provide students with an opportunity to debate and evaluate evidence based, person centred strategies and/or interventions (such as falls management) for active ageing, self-management and independence, in an inter-professional context. Students will critically evaluate the application of these approaches in their own individual practice area. 

Programme Details

Programme Objectives

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of the relationship between co-morbidity, cognitive decline, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact on the older person’s health.
  2. Identify challenges to managing complex care needs and provide possible solutions to improve outcomes for older people including the promotion of health and well-being.
  3. Critically appraise the relevant evidence base for the collaborative interprofessional evaluation and management of the ageing population.
  4. Critically discuss and incorporate discussions of end of life care, safeguarding and ethics in the context of the interprofessional team.
  5. Critically apply their learning to their individual area of practice. 


Programme Outlines

  • Examine the ageing process in depth, from both a physiological and psychological perspective to gain a deep knowledge and comprehension of the effect of ageing on both mental health and functional ability.
  • Critically access the complex relationships between co-morbidity, cognitive decline, polypharmacy and ageing, and the impact on these on older person’s health and frailty.
  • Consider and critically discuss psychosocial aspects such as pain, self-management, occupation, function/activity/participation, stigma, vulnerable adults and elder abuse.
  • Consider and critique the evidence for best practice in end of life care, safeguarding and ethics from a client, carer and inter-professional team perspective.
  • Explore professional issues such as communication, gaining consent, service settings & delivery, National Service Frameworks, ethical issues and safeguarding considerations.



Assessment for this programme is based on coursework assignments.


Mode of Delivery

The programme will be delivered through face-to-face seminars and class-interactive discussions.



Upon sucessful completion of the programme, students will be awarded Certificate for Module (Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person [Health & Social Care Professions]) within HKU System through HKU SPACE.

Students will be granted 20 credits at FHEQ# UK Level 7 which may contribute towards future study of the University of Plymouth MSc Advanced Professional Practice.

Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm and occasionally Saturday afternoons 2:30pm - 5:30pm.


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$14900

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall be health or social care professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree with second class honors or equivalent in any subject awarded by a recognised university.

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as: 

            (i) HKDSE English Language Level 3 or above OR

            (ii) HKALE Grade D or above OR     

            (iii) HKCEE English Language Grade C (Syllabus B) (obtained before 2007) or Level 3 (obtained after 2007) OR

            (iv) an overall band of 6.5 average with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS OR

            (vi) equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person [Health & Social Care Professions])
證書 (單元 :支援體弱長者的需求[社康照顧專業] )
COURSE CODE 41C142194 FEES $14,900 ENQUIRY 3762-0833
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person [Health & Social Care Professions])

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

Interested candidates should apply by returning the special application form, together with relevant supporting documents, copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (or valid working / dependent visa with original entry permit) and an application fee of HK$150 cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE" (non-refundable) to either:

By post: Attn to Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences, 13/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong. OR

In person: any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters (Attn: Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences). OR

By online: through HKU SPACE website.



  • Applicants should note that simply meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee entry to a programme. Places are subject to availability and selection criteria, if any.

  • As Hongkong Post adopted new postage rates on 1 January 2018, please make sure that sufficient postage is provided when you send us your supporting documents by post. For mails with postage underpaid, we shall return the mails to senders or ask them to pay for the shortage. Such actions may delay the processing of the applications concerned. For new postage rates please refer to Hongkong Post

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.