Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

This is a Distance Learning course, so there is no need to attend College.

This could will be delivered online over 30 weeks. Guided learning hours: 184.

Who is the course for?

The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia.  This qualification will also support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

What does the course involve?

As part of this course you will study seven mandatory units: 

UNIT 1 – Understanding dementia 

  • Section 1- Understand common types, causes and effects of dementia
  • Section 2 - Understand the importance of early diagnosis of dementia
  • Section 3 - Understand the effects and experience of dementia 

UNIT 2 – Understand how person-centred approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia 

  • Section 1 - Understand person-centred approaches in dementia care and support
  • Section 2 - Understand how each individual’s experience of dementia is unique
  • Section 3 - Understand how to promote person-centred values for individuals with dementia
  • Section 4 - Understand how the nutritional needs of individuals with dementia should be met 

UNIT 3 – Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support 

  • Section 1 - Understand that individuals with dementia may communicate in different ways
  • Section 2 - Understand the range of factors that influence interactions and communication with individuals with dementia
  • Section 3 - Understand how communication and positive interactions are effective in the care and support of individuals with dementia 

UNIT 4 – Support positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia care 

  • Section 1 - Understand the range and benefits of positive interaction and different approaches for individuals with dementia
  • Section 2 - Understand how to engage individuals with dementia in positive interaction, activity and occupation
  • Section 3 - Understand how to engage with individuals with dementia to promote identity and inclusion 

UNIT 5 – Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support 

  • Section 1 - Understand the principles of equality and diversity within the context of dementia care and support
  • Section 2 - Understand how to recognise and challenge discrimination and oppressive practices 

UNIT 6 – Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights

  • Section 1 - Understand how the rights of individuals are protected
  • Section 2 - Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and make decisions
  • Section 3 - Understand how to involve carers and others in supporting individuals with dementia
  • Section 4 - Understand how to enable individuals with dementia to exercise their rights and choices 

UNIT 7 – Principles of the administration of medication and wellbeing of individuals with dementia 

  • Section 1 - Understand common medication that may be used for individuals with dementia
  • Section 2 - Understand how to support individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medication

What are the assessment methods?

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

What are the College attendance requirements?

As a Distance Learning course, there is no need to attend College.

For further information or advice, please contact the Distance Learning team:
01823 366612 distancelearningteam@btc.ac.uk

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Enrol on the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care course with no upfront costs if you are aged 19 or above, with a government funded Advanced Learner Loan. Your course fees can be fully funded, with no dependency on household income and no repayments until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

The cost of this course is £811. Find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan.

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