Common Health Conditions


This course is designed to raise the candidate’s awareness of some of the most common health conditions among older people in the UK. They will explore arthritis, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and sensory loss (both hearing and visual impairments).

Candidates will examine the signs, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for each one. They will also look at a range of strategies – some of which they can put into practice themselves – that can help to improve the quality of life of someone living with one or a number of these conditions. It has relevance to all types of health-care settings, including care homes, hospitals and domiciliary care.

This course is aimed at anybody who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of common health conditions. It will particularly appeal to individuals who have a professional or personal interest in arthritis care, stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and sensory loss awareness. It will also appeal to organisations within the health and social care sector that provide support to individuals with conditions such as these. It has relevance to all types of health-care settings, including care homes, hospitals and domiciliary care.

Course code





It will involve 141 hours of personal learning to complete. Most students complete the course in 24 weeks, averaging almost 6 hours of personal learning per week.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Course Content

This course comprises 6 units that are presented in 3 concise module workbooks

Module A
Unit 1 – Arthiritis awareness
Unit 2 – Stroke awareness

Module B
Unit 3- Dementia awareness
Unit 4 – Parkinsons disease awareness

Module C
Unit 5 – Sensory loss awareness
Unit 6 – Understand how to contribute to monitoring the health of individuals affected by health conditions


Learners will be provided with all necessary workbooks to complete the programme and will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test their knowledge. The learning materials include an assessment, which allows learners to demonstrate achievement of all learning outcomes associated with each unit. Learning is done remotely, and assessments are submitted online via the college’s LearnNet learning portal.


Learners will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or allow them to progress on to further qualifications such as courses in health and social care or related subjects.

Course Contact Details

T: 01387 734233

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