Cache L3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care


This part-time qualification is for adults ages 19+. It allows you to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. Successful completion of the units will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects including:

• types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis

• person-centred approaches in dementia care

• the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support

• the use of medication to support individuals with dementia

This qualification will support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will complete 7 mandatory units:

Understanding dementia,
Understand how person-centred approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia,
Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support,
Supporting positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia care,
Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support,
Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights,
Principles of the administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia

Am I right for the course?

It is suitable for all those who wish to work or are working in a lead adult care worker role with adults in health and social care settings.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

The course is funded and available for students aged 19 and above.

To qualify for this Level 3 course for free, you must not already hold a full Level 3 qualification (or higher). If you still wish to enrol on the course, you can either pay directly or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care is internally assessed.

The Health and Social Care Team are made up of Lecturers with both academic and vocational backgrounds in Health and Social care and related disciplines. The expertise within the team include: Nursing, Care, Management, Social Policy, Early Years, Counselling and Psychology.

What Next?

This qualification will support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector. The qualification doesn’t infer competence in the work role, but can be used to support the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed for those working in or towards a dementia care role. Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

• Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
• Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector
• Level 4 qualifications in Health and Social Care.

Potential careers:

  • Radiographer
  • Care Home Manager
  • Childminder
  • Counsellor
  • Health Psychologist
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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