Certificate in Understanding The Principles of Dementia Care – Level 3

Course code


Why study this course?

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, with this number expected to rise to over one million by 2025*. As an increasing issue, it is more important than ever that health and social care workers are equipped with the skills to understand and support people with dementia.

Interested in studying one of our dementia courses? Distance learning makes our courses accessible to anyone, anywhere. This qualification is designed to provide you with thorough knowledge of dementia and dementia care and is ideal if you are already employed in the health and social care sector and wish to upskill.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of dementia and its effects. You will explore the various types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis, as well as focusing on person-centred approaches to dementia care, the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support.

This qualification will equip you with the knowledge needed to work in a variety of roles within the health and social care services, and is ideal if you want to enter, or progress within this sector.

Course content

Unit 1: Understanding dementia

This unit will introduce you to the most common types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. You will 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

Throughout this unit you will gain an understanding of the importance of person-centred care for individuals with dementia. You will 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

This unit will introduce you to various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. You will discover the factors that could influence interactions and communication, and develop your 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

This unit will enhance your understanding of the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. You will discover the importance of promoting identity and inclusion and will also investigate how individuals with dementia can engage in activities.

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

You will develop your 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

This unit will provide you with an understanding of 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

You will develop your understanding of 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

Age 19+
GCSE English or equivalent
Undertake BKSB assessment and interview
You must not have a previous level 3/A level qualification


Fully online – all course materials and assessments provided. Tutor support

Day, time and duration

Anytime. Course to be completed within 24 weeks of enrolment

Start date




An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

 If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 – 23 years, this course may be free

For more information about funding your course, visit https://www.halesowen.ac.uk/adult-fee-information/

Our accreditation and awards