Course Information

Who is the course for?

The Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care is the ideal programme for individuals wishing to increase their knowledge and understanding of Dementia and ‘Person-Centred Care’. This nationally accredited qualification is designed to provide individuals with an understanding of the different forms of Dementia that may be encountered and how to support individuals with this illness through ‘Person- Centred Care’.

The programme covers issues such as, the influence of positive communication methods, issues around the use of medication and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

What does the course involve?

Workbook 1 – Understanding dementia and the person-centred approach to administering medication. This workbook will introduce you to what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how others can have an impact on the individual with dementia. It will help you to enable an individual with dementia to experience well-being and also develop your knowledge of medication requirements for individuals with dementia.

Workbook 2 – Understand the factors that can influence communication and behaviour in the context of dementia. This workbook will help you to be aware of the differing communication needs and abilities of individuals with dementia in order to enhance positive interaction. You will also learn how to respond to behaviour some people may find ‘challenging’ in an appropriate and supportive manner.

Workbook 3 – Understand equality, diversity and inclusion and the benefits of engaging in activities in social care. This workbook introduces the concept of equality, diversity and inclusion. It will help you to understand the benefits of engaging in activities to enhance physical, mental and social well-being in a diverse range of settings.

What makes this course special?

  • Upon successful completion you will have achieved a nationally recognised, QCF listed qualification at Level 2
  • There is no need to formally attend a college, meaning that you can learn in your own time, at a pace that suits you
  • Receive a set of high-quality learner support materials that will be yours to keep and use as a reference
  • Further your personal and professional development
  • Can evidence to the Care Quality Commission that the care service, employees and individuals are successfully meeting governance requirements
  • Receive support and guidance from a dedicated team

Placements/Work Placements

This technical knowledge –based qualification is designed to be assessed via the provided workbooks and can be undertaken either through independent, home or work based study. The evidence must at all times reflect the current national guidelines alongside local policies and procedures where applicable or as informed by current legislation, the relevant codes of conduct and service standards for the sector.

What are the assessment methods?

Upon enrolment you will be provided with learner support materials that will give you the knowledge and understanding required to undertake the assessments. To be awarded the qualification you need to successfully complete all of the workbooks.

As you work through the learning materials you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor/tutor who will give you support, advice and guidance on the course content as well as providing robust feedback on the work you complete. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate in Principals of Dementia Care Level 2.

How long is the course?

You can start flexibly at any time during the year with an expectation that you will complete within six months of starting.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Attendance at College is not required as this programme can be undertaken through independent, home or work based study.

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