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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

Would any of your learners benefit from completing one of our level 3 dementia courses?

This qualification aims to provide your learners with a greater understanding of dementia and dementia care – ideal for learners employed in the health and social care sector who wish to upskill. In this course your learners will cover the various types of dementia and the importance of an early diagnosis as well as person-centred approaches to dementia care and the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support. This course also covers the use of medication in supporting individuals with dementia.

Completing one of our dementia courses is the ideal way for your learners to develop and enhance their understanding of dementia, and is perfect for learners working in, or looking to work in, the health and social care sector.


Unit 1: Understanding dementia

In this unit your learners will be introduced to the most common types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. They 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 your learners will gain an understanding of the importance of person-centred care for individuals with dementia. Your learners will consider how every 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 your learners to various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. Your learners will discover the factors that could influence interactions and communication, and will 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 enhance your learners’ understanding of the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. They will learn about various approaches and how to support these, as well as the importance of promoting identity and inclusion. Your learners 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

In this unit your learners 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 your learners 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

Within this unit your learners will develop their understanding of the common medication that could be used for individuals with dementia and the actions that should be taken in the event of side effects or adverse reactions.

Key Information

Course Length 184 hours
Awarding Body TQUK
Learning Method(s)

Online learning
materials with
online assessment

Paper based
learning materials and
paper based assessment

Paper based
learning materials
with online assessment





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