Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
This programme aims to provide candidates with an understanding of the common types of dementia and their causes. It will help learners to develop an awareness of how the actions of others can affect individuals with dementia and provides candidates with an appreciation of a person-centred approach to dementia care and support. It will be invaluable to anyone who supports a client, friend or family member who has dementia. The course has a credit value of 15 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.
Who is the course suitable for?
There are approximately 820,000 people in the United Kingdom who have some form of dementia, with numbers expected to rise above one million by 2025. This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of the condition and of how to apply the principles of ‘person-centred dementia care’. It will be highly valuable to people who support those with the condition, in a personal or professional capacity.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at a place convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should aim to complete the course within 16 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of two workbooks and two assessments:
- Workbook 1: Understanding dementia, The person-centred approach to dementia care, Equality, diversity and inclusion, Person-centred approaches to the administration of medication.
- Workbook 2: Factors that can influence communication, Behaviour in the context of dementia care, Benefits of engaging in social activities.
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational programmes, including Certificates and Diplomas in health and social care and other, more general courses.