AGE-FRIENDLY LIVING AND FUTURE WITH YOUR GERONTOLOGY STUDIES.
Do you want to take on the challenges that an ageing society brings with it? Then use the transdisciplinary knowledge you acquire with your Gerontology studies to improve the quality of life of older people. With modern concepts that make you a sought-after professional in the field of Gerontology. After successfully completing your degree, you can work in an operational, planning and coordinating capacity as well as in an advisory and teaching capacity.
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Why you should study Gerontology
A degree brings with it various advantages that can help you in the course of your career. You develop soft skills and abilities such as scientific work, which are important for your professional development and which you could not acquire in an apprenticeship. You can only reach certain positions and thus salary levels with an academic degree. Lifelong learning is also becoming increasingly important for our society and a Bachelor's or Master's degree simply ensures you better career and promotion opportunities and a successful future.
Your IU Studies in Gerontology
Get off to a successful start in the segment of work with seniors and care for the elderly. We provide you with the necessary "wisdom of age" and interdisciplinary expertise in the Gerontology degree programme. The study programme is based on the basic subject catalogue of the German Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics (DGGG). You will acquire basic knowledge in the areas of geriatrics, gerontopsychiatry, gerontopsychology, intervention Gerontology, gerontosociology, adult education and social policy. This also includes interdisciplinary competences and knowledge of relevant framework conditions.
A look into the future: what you will do after graduation
With your Gerontology degree, you have the chance to qualify as a care advisor according to § 7a SGB XI. And if you have chosen a specific field of action in Gerontology, you can specialise during your studies. For example, in outpatient or inpatient nursing and geriatric care or in occupational health management. With a degree in Gerontology, you can remain professionally active even into old age. Because people in Gerontology are always in demand.
The most important questions about studying Gerontology
As a university, IU deliberately does not have an NC. Here you simply study what you feel most like and what ideally suits your talents. Regardless of your grade point average. Studying without an NC is a matter of course for us, so that you will always get the place you want.
You can currently complete your Bachelor's degree in Gerontology at the Virtual Campus. This means that you can study anywhere in Germany.
Yes, that is also possible at IU. In addition to the entrance qualification in the form of an Abitur or Fachabitur, interested students without an Abitur also have the opportunity to enter our Bachelor's programme. You can study Gerontology without a high school diploma if you have completed an advanced training course (e.g. as a Chamber of Industry and Commerce business administrator), have a master craftsman's certificate or have at least two years of vocational training and at least three years of subsequent work experience.
The Gerontology Bachelor’s programme lasts for 36, 48 or 72 months, depending on which time model you choose. If you need more time and semesters for your studies, this is absolutely no problem.
Gerontology refers to research into old age, while Geriatrics refers to geriatric medicine. The latter is more in the medical field. If you decide to study Gerontology, you will learn the science that deals with the mental, physical and social processes of ageing. This represents the foundation for geriatrics, gerontopsychiatry or other fields. With your degree, you develop measures or concepts that meet the needs of older people. After graduation, you can work as a counsellor for the elderly, as a consultant for senior citizen work or as a social counsellor in geriatric care facilities.
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