The Principles of Dementia Care

This qualification aims to assist learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia.


Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    8-12 weeks average course length

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Learning Method

    Online learning materials with online assessment

  • Awarding body


Overview of The Principles of Dementia Care

Qualification objectives

This qualification covers areas such as person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for those with dementia and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

Dementia affects around 820,000 people in the UK

This figure is likely to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2051. It is one of the main causes of disability in later life and with research being desperately underfunded, it costs the UK over £26 billion a year. 

Understanding dementia and the person-centred care that is required is fundamental to high-quality care.

Course units

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate learners are required to successfully complete 7 mandatory units.

Dementia awareness

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge of what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how others can have an impact on the individual with dementia.

The person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to enable the individual with dementia to experience well-being.

Learners will be able to develop their knowledge of the person-centred approach to dementia care and support.

Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia

This unit provides the underpinning knowledge required to develop awareness of differing communication needs and abilities of individuals with dementia in order to enhance positive interaction.

This unit does not assess competence.

Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care

This unit introduces the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion that are fundamental to person centred care practice.

Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach

This unit is about knowledge and understanding of individuals who may have specific needs for receiving medication because of their experience of dementia.

Learners will develop their knowledge of these medication requirements.

This unit does not confirm competence.

Understand behaviour in the context of dementia

In this unit learners will explore the different forms of behaviour and the factors that affect behaviour in someone with a dementia.

Learners will also learn how to respond to behaviour some people may find ‘challenging’ in an appropriate and supportive manner.

Understand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care

This unit will help learners to understand the benefits of engaging in activities to enhance physical, mental and social well-being in a diverse range of settings.

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Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

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Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.
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