Caring for People with Dementia AdvCert

Caring for People with Dementia AdvCert

The Advanced Certificate in Caring for People with Dementia will stimulate continuing growth in understanding, an enhanced knowledge base and research awareness and other personal development necessary for the provision of an empathic and effective service.

It is tailored to assist healthcare professionals develop a greater understanding and commitment to 'person centred care'. The course aims to promote the continued development within the professional career, of an active interest and drive towards evaluating and reflecting upon current practice to inform approaches to care.

Entry and Admissions


ANCILLARY AWARD:Post-Registration


STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: One semester. There will be 10 study days in the University and two network days arranged by the student

SCHOOL: School of Nursing

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: April 2021

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should normally be registered first level nurses, other professionals such as social worker, occupational therapist; physiotherapist may access the course.

A further requirement is that the professional, from whatever background, will be involved directly with the client group at the focus of this certificate.

Course Content

The overall aims of the programme are:

  • The enhancement of a knowledge and understanding base in relation to care of individuals with dementia and their carers
  • A stimulated interest to review the literature, to network with other professionals and to stay at the forefront of service development
  • To assist the healthcare worker to directly provide evidence based care and also to support the network of others involved in the providing of that care.

The curriculum for this course was developed to be as comprehensive as possible and includes:

  • Lifespan and development theories of ageing
  • Assessment, diagnosis and progression of illness
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Common (often allied) functional problems such as depression and anxiety
  • Therapeutic approaches:

- Reality orientation

- Reminiscence and life review

- Music therapy

- Dynamic psychotherapy

- Validation therapy

- Occupational therapy

- Pharmacology

  • Outcome indicators of effectiveness - individual and group approaches
  • Evaluation monitoring of quality of care - dementia care mapping
  • Interventions with family members
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Elder abuse.

Learning Environment & Assessment

This double module aims to deepen the knowledge base of the individual, stimulate literature and research review and develop the skilled practice of the individual. To achieve this, the following approaches will be utilised:

  • Keynote input by experts
  • Guided presentations and debate
  • Guided exercises
  • Guided casework and reading
  • Process recording and analysis
  • Opportunity to network with other professionals.

Formative assessment - The student will maintain a reflective learning journal, which documents insights gained from study and practice, critical incident analysis and appraisal of own skill development.

Summative assessment - 5,000 word project. This work will explore a chosen therapeutic intervention approach, its use in practice and methods of monitoring its effectiveness (100%).

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839