Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2022/23)

International fee

£840 (2022/23)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Next course date

30 January 2023


10 weeks


Tutored online learning



Online course description

Diabetes type 2 is a major priority for public health. Not only is the incidence of type 2 diabetes increasing but it is doing so across the globe. The medium and long term impact of diabetes on the individual, public health, primary and secondary care services, financially, physically and practically is of international concern. Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in childhood but there is currently no cure and hence, there are many adults with this condition. Other types of diabetes may be more rare but when working in health and social care it is likely that you with come across a person with gestational or pancreatogenic diabetes.

This course aims to discuss diabetes in relation to public health but also the care cycle: assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management. You will relate this to a specific area of your experience and there will be use of real life case studies to illustrate key points throughout the course. This course assumes that you have a basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine and digestive system.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the health and social care landscape much of this course relies upon guided, self-directed study. This intends to facilitate the development of skills to enhance your ability to source high quality sources of evidence and apply them in practice with specific reference to diabetes care. You will be provided with case studies and examples for you to propose evidence based care.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the evidence base relating to local, national or international approaches to a chosen type of diabetes
  2. Interpret data, evidence and the role of public health in the prevention and management of diabetes

Course content

This course will cover the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and management of diabetes. Included in this will be the basics of anatomy and the physiological changes associated with diabetes. You will be encouraged to source, appraise, analyse and evaluate public health data and the role of public health in the prevention and management of diabetes on a local, national and international level. It will also consider the social determinants of health and well-being in implementing evidenced based prevention strategies, assessment, management and evaluation of integrated care packages.

The course emphasises the role of current and credible evidence in practice and develops the skills and knowledge in order to source, appraise and apply such evidence. Real life case studies will be used to facilitate learning and application of knowledge.

Topics will include:

  • Diabetes and public health
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Gestational and pancreatogenic diabetes
  • Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management
  • Self-care
  • New technologies and the changing landscape


Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)

If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualification

You'll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:

If English is not your first language you will need one of the following English language qualifications.

We may accept other equivalent English Language qualifications with supporting evidence so please provide full details with your application.

Pre-Diploma/International qualifications

You may still be eligible to join this course if you have a pre-Diploma qualification (e.g. RGN, RMN, RSCN, RNLD, EN) or if your international qualification (diploma or degree) in a Health and Social Care related subject does not equate to UK Higher Education Level 5. This is subject to meeting the following requirements:

If the above applies, there is an access route at level 5 (Diploma level) which requires you to successfully complete the Certificate of Credit in Health and Social Care Studies prior to joining this module.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Who will teach you

Alan Williams standing with hands clasped, wearing a red and white striped shirt

Dr Alan Williams
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Nursing, Dr Alan Williams, commenced as Academic Lead for the Nursing and Perioperative Practice programmes in April 2019. Alan is a Registered Nurse (Adult and Mental Health) with over twenty years' experience in the NHS before becoming an academic.

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