Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

The Skills Network
Course summary
16-20 weeks
399 GBP
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Course description

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

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.

Why choose The Skills Network?

  • No hidden costs – certificates, resources, support and more included
  • 0% interest direct debit schemes available with no credit checks needed
  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Advanced Learner Loan available
  • One to one Tutor support available via phone or email

Suitability - Who should attend?

This qualification is ideal for anyone who is currently working or planning on working in a health and social care role, specifically within dementia care. This course is also relevant to anyone who cares for a friend or relative with dementia.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Qualification gained: 

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

Training 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.

Course delivery details

The course is delivered online via distance learning, meaning you can study from a place and at a time to suit you.

Why choose The Skills Network

Extensive range of online courses

Over 30,000 learners gaining accredited qualifications each year

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This course is available to purchase via 0% interest flexible payment plans tailored to suit you. 

All inclusive, no hidden costs - resources, support, certificates, and more included!

Basic Payment plan

Direct debit plans 

Deposit: £40
Monthly payments: £59.84
Payment duration: 6 months



Continuing Studies

Once you have completed this course, you could progress on to the following:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities and potential salaries:

  • Occupational Therapist – up to £36,466
  • Mental Health Nurse – up to £26,674
  • Care Worker – up to £22,189

About provider

The Skills Network – Making learning and skills accessible

The Skills Network is a market-leading training provider, delivering distance learning courses across a range of sectors. With a wide portfolio of highly flexible courses, The Skills Network supports employers and learners to develop their skills and achieve their goals. Whatever the...

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