Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

This course will be delivered online.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect memory, thinking and behaviour. Currently in the UK, 1 in 11 people have Dementia and, as people live longer, that number is increasing. It is estimated the number of people with Dementia will be in excess of 1 million by 2030 (NHS figures, 2023).

On this Level 3 course, you will learn about the different types of dementia, different treatments and holistic care approaches.

This course is ideal for Continued Professional Development (CPD) for those already working in the healthcare sector. It will also be of interest for those thinking of a career in healthcare or those in working in a voluntary capacity with those affected by Dementia.

Course Content

Unit 1: Understanding dementia

Explore an introduction to common types of dementia, including Alzheimer?s disease. Study the causes, effects and risk factors of dementia and gain an understanding of the importance of early diagnosis.

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

Gain an understanding of the importance of person-centred care for individuals with dementia and consider how each individual?s experience of dementia is different and how they can be supported.

Unit 3: Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support

Explore an introduction to various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. Discover the factors that could influence interactions and communication, and develop an understanding of how communication is an effective part of caring for and supporting individuals with dementia.

Unit 4: Supporting positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia care

Gain an understanding of the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. Discover the importance of promoting identity and inclusion and investigate how individuals with dementia can engage in activities.

Unit 5: Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support

Develop an understanding of the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion within the context of dementia care. This unit highlights how to recognise and challenge discrimination and oppressive practices.

Unit 6: Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights

Learn how the rights of individuals with dementia are protected, and how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and make decisions involving carers and others.

Unit 7: Principles of the administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia

Explore the common medications that could be used for individuals with dementia and the actions to take in the event of side effects or adverse reactions.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

You must have Level 2 English skills (e.g. GCSE; Functional Skills English). If you are not able to produce evidence of an English qualification, you will be required to take a short assessment. To ensure this course and style of learning is suitable for you, we will also require you to complete a short course application form and attend a brief [online] interview. You must have access to the necessary I.T equipment and internet service to study on this course. A PC, laptop or tablet is recommended.

Assessment Methods

This course is conducted via Distance Learning you will submit all assignment work through the learning platform. You will be assigned an assessor and you will receive feedback via the learning platform.

Additional Information

This course is delivered via the EQUAL learning platform, an award-winning, learning resource of the highest quality. Resources are designed to be engaging and interactive to keep you focused on your learning at all times. Studying via distance learning means you can choose when and where you study, although you are expected to complete your course within the given timeframe. We will ensure you get all the support you need throughout your course in the form of a personal course assessor.