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

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

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


School of Nursing

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


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

Course Outline:
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%).

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

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