Advanced Diabetes (SCQF level 10) CPD Award

Course code B9AD

What is special about this course?

This Advanced Diabetes CPD Award provides students with the knowledge, confidence and capability required in diabetes management.

The incidence of diabetes is rising globally and becoming one of the fastest growing issues in public health. Diabetes is a long-term condition in which self-management is essential, along with support from healthcare professionals. 

The module is aimed at professionals registered either with General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or Health Professions Council (HPC). 

Special features

  • Fully online
  • Module leader is an NHS community nurse 
  • Module learning outcomes are linked to NHS Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF)
  • Portfolio assessment is based on Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes 5th edition (TREND-UK, 2019) but has been adapted for this module to be relevant to a wider range of healthcare professionals.
  • All resources and textbooks available online e.g. e-books

Entry requirements

You need to be a healthcare professional, registered either with:

  • General Medical Council (GMC) 
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or 
  • Health Professions Council (HPC)

Evidence of being able to study at SCQF level 9 is also required.

CPD Award

The module learning outcomes are linked to the NHS Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) and assessments have been adapted from the Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes 5th edition (TREND-UK, 2019) to be relevant to a wider range of healthcare professionals.

The module covers: 

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Pregnancy
  • Elderly
  • End of life care
  • Treatments, including oral and insulin
  • Pump therapy
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Micro- and macrovascular complications
  • Psychological impact
  • COVID-19 impact

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): one semester (approximately 14 weeks)

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides
  • You can study this fully online module from any location. You will be enrolled and receive support from UHI North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Additional costs

You may wish to purchase the core textbook for use at work too.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from Advanced Diabetes (SCQF level 10) CPD Award to MA Health and Wellbeing.

Is there more information available online?

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I chose this module as it provides a comprehensive overview of diabetes care across the life cycle, and is specifically for health care professionals. I particularly liked that it fit around work and life commitments, and found the weekly tutorials really helpful.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course: it encouraged us to consider and reflect on the practicalities of applying theory to clinical practice, and it expanded my knowledge beyond my own area of practice, providing insight into the health journeys of those living with diabetes.

Jessica Fletcher completed our CPD Award Advanced Diabetes online, part-time, while in her current role as an NHS Diabetes Specialist Dietitian.

Apply for Advanced Diabetes (SCQF level 10) CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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