Dementia Care (3565)

About these qualifications

Currently 700,000 people in the UK have dementia and this figure is expected to double over the next few decades. The Awards in Awareness of Dementia/Certificates in Dementia Care will help to improve health and care services supporting individuals diagnosed with dementia.

Who are they for

The qualifications in awareness of dementia and dementia care are aimed at occupational areas across all service user groups and ages, working in statutory (including NHS), private and voluntary agencies. This also includes healthcare/care assistants, support/key workers, family support workers and team leaders/first line supervisors.

General Information

Available in following countries

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

Information & documentation

For Centres

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Centre Documents

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What's involved in delivering this course?

Learners are generally expected to be operating in a setting with people diagnosed with dementia. Observation would then take place in that environment. All the qualifications also have knowledge units, which can be delivered offsite at a training venue.

These qualifications have units that will be assessed by either an assignment or a portfolio of evidence. The assignments have specific marking criteria associated with each one. Centres and assessors will internally mark candidates' assignments against these marking criteria. The portfolios of evidence involve candidates collecting documental and other evidence to show they have demonstrated the assessment criteria, often practically.

The marking and the portfolios will then be externally verified for consistency and quality assurance.

To find all the resource requirements; download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

These qualifications are suitable for anyone aged 16 or older interested in operating in a caring role for older people. Ideally, learners should be in a suitable work placement.

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For Learners

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What's involved in studying this course?

The Awards in Awareness of Dementia cover:

  • basic knowledge of dementia care
  • person centred planning and understanding equality
  • advanced knowledge of dementia care (Level 3)
  • communication (Level 3)
  • administration of medication (Level 3).

The Certificates in Dementia Care cover:

  • providing support for therapy sessions
  • positive risk taking
  • assistive technology
  • advocacy
  • models of disability.

You will be in a suitable work placement and will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence consisting of practical and documental evidence.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
You have very little knowledge of dementia and/or dementia care.

Level 3
You have basic knowledge of dementia and/or dementia care and want to progress further and increase your knowledge and skills.

What careers can this lead to?

The qualifications in awareness of dementia and dementia care can help you progress or lead to:

  • Care assistant/Support worker
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Community based care assistant
  • Team leader/First line supervisor.