Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care – Level 2

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Why study this course?

Are you looking to improve your knowledge of dementia care by completing a dementia course? UK employers, particularly in the health and social care sector, are often looking for candidates with knowledge of this complex condition. This qualification aims to provide you with the vital knowledge needed to begin tackling dementia through understanding what it is and how to support those who are affected by it. It also ensures that you will develop an essential understanding of caring for people with dementia, as well as covering the benefits of positive communication and the importance of individualised, person-centred care.

Course content

Unit 1: Dementia awareness
In this unit you will learn about precisely what dementia is, the most common types of dementia and the causal factors associated to them. Also explored is how others can have a positive impact on an individual with dementia through a variety of different techniques.
Unit 2: Person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
Within this unit you will build the knowledge and understanding required to enable an individual with dementia to experience a sense of security and well-being. The vital role of carers in such a scenario is also covered.
Unit 3: Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
This unit will raise your awareness of the different communication needs and limitations of individuals with dementia in order to encourage positive interaction.
Unit 4: Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
Within this unit you will be introduced to equality, diversity and inclusion as ideas to aspire to, which are also all important when practising the person-centred care approach.
Unit 5: Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
This unit will help you understand the range of cutting edge medications available to, and appropriate for, individuals with dementia, exploring specific needs that individuals may have when receiving medication.
Unit 6: Understand behaviour in the context of dementia
Within this unit you will look at the different behaviours individuals display once diagnosed with dementia and how to respond to particular types of behaviour.
Unit 7: Understand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care
In this unit you will explore how engaging in social activities in order to enhance mental, physical and social well-being can be of amazing benefit to individuals with dementia.

Entry requirements

Age 19+
Aged 19-23 – level 2 or 5GCSEs
Aged 23+ good level of written and spoken English


Distance Learning – all course materials and assessments provided fully online

Day, time and duration

Year round at a time to suit. All courses to be completed in a ten week period

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