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Every year in the UK, more than one in three adults aged over 65 falls and injures themselves as a result. Falls have been the most common and serious type of accident experienced by people over 65 years for many years, as well as the leading cause of death from injury for people aged over 75.

Qualification Level

NCFE Level 2 (online distance learning, no exams involved).

Who Is It For

This course is funded by the adult education budget, and therefore suitable for learners aged 19 and over and the courses are co-funded. Individuals that are aged 19 or over and have not attained a GCSE grades A* to C in maths or English will be fully funded.

Study Hours

Guided Learning Hours - 118
Study hours Per Week - 12
(*please note these are average and estimated figures and may not be a true representative for all individuals*)

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk. Alternatively; you can enrol over the telephone on 01904 770770.

Course cost

Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.

For more information please email the InfoZone on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring them on 01904 770770.

Course Duration

This particular short course is just 12 weeks long

How It Helps You

This qualification is aimed at anyone working in a healthcare or social care environment, particularly those that support or have contact with older people who have an increased propensity of falls. This includes individual’s working in hospitals, care homes or helping to care for individuals living in their own home.

How Is The Course Delivered

This course is available in both paper and online format, and is up to you to decide which method you prefer, making the course flexible and easy for you. Personal tutors are assigned to each learners, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.

Course Breakdown

UNIT 1 – Falls in context

Section 1 – Falls within a health and social care context
Section 2 – The impact and consequences of falls
Section 3 – The benefits of falls awareness and prevention
Section 4 – The legislation and guidance relating to falls and falls prevention

UNIT 2 – The risk factors and causes of falls

Section 1- The factors that increase the likelihood of falls
Section 2 – How falls may be caused by personal factors
Section 3 – How falls may be caused by environmental factors

UNIT 3 –Falls Assessment and Prevention

Section 1 – How an individual’s’ risk of falls can be assessed, monitored and reviewed
Section 2 – Effective interventions used to reduce the risk of falls
Section 3- Multi- agency and specialist support available for falls prevention

UNIT 4 – Managing Falls

Section 1 – How to reduce the impact and minimise harm in the event of a fall
Section 2 – Role of responsibilities in falls situation and the importance of learning from falls to improve care

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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