This qualification is aimed at students who want to develop their knowledge of dementia and dementia care. It is ideal for students already employed in the health and social care sector who wish to upskill. Students develop an in-depth understanding of dementia and its effects.


  • Description

    This course is split into seven manageable units, including:

    Unit 1: Understand dementia

    This unit introduces the most common types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Students will study the causes, effects and risk factors of dementia and also 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 students will gain an understanding of the importance of person-centred care for individuals with dementia. Students 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 introduces students to various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. Students will discover the factors that could influence interactions and communication, and develop their 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 give an understanding of the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. Students will discover various approaches and how to support these, as well as the importance of promoting identity and inclusion. Students will also investigate how individuals with dementia can engage in activity and occupation.

    Unit 5: Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support

    Students will develop their 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 students 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

    Students will develop their understanding of the common medication that could be used for individuals with dementia and the actions to take in the event of side-effects or adverse reactions.

    Level 3 courses are free to any adult 19+ who has not already achieved a full Level 3 qualification. Please contact us for clarification.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will be issued with an Induction Workbook during your first discussion with your tutor; this workbook will determine whether you are suitable for the course. Learners must have the Level 2 Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care or an equivalent qualification at a similar level before this course.

    Please Note: Level 3 Study Online Programmes are only available to those that have not previously obtained a Level 3 or equivalent.

    Basic computer skills to operate the Online Learning Platform are advisable.

  • Qualification

    NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

  • Progression

    There are various Level 2 and 3 courses in this sector available, please enquire with the Study Online Team to find out more.

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed online with the help of a personal tutor, there are no exams.

  • Home Study

    An estimated amount of 184 home study hours is needed to complete this course. As this course is run online, there are no classes to attend. Study will be home-based and at the student's discretion within the timeframe stipulated by tutor.

  • Work Placement

    Students are not required to have experience in this sector to complete this course, although it is advisable to complete the Level 2 course in Understanding Dementia Care first.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Our Level 2 and Level 3 Study Online Programmes are available for FREE to UK/EU nationals aged 19 and over, who agree to take their qualification as part of a Digital and Distance Learning Programme. The programme includes the main qualification and short, additional workbook. Students who choose to take the qualification as a stand alone course or fail to complete their programme within the agreed timeframe will have to pay fees.

    There may be an additional charge for work based assessment visits and other costs. You will be advised of any additional charges before enrolment.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
CL3PDC 212201 Flexible Start - £0

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.