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Health & Social Care

Enhancing Contemporary Practice in Dementia Care

University Certificate in Continuing Education:

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying).
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

This award is for you if you work in health and social care, have professional registration and need to address the diverse competencies, clinical and interpersonal skills and unique knowledge base necessary to therapeutically and effectively work with clients with dementia. 

Course information

Part-time

  • 12 weeks

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Degree Level
  • Enrolment date: April/May
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information

The award meets the growing need for further education in dementia care by the development of professional skills of registered healthcare professionals working within this specialist area.  

The curriculum for dementia education is a framework designed to guide education in the key areas for inclusion in courses related to dementia care. Developed by the Higher Education in Dementia Network, it is used as a framework for delivering this module – identifying the knowledge and skills needed by health and social care professionals to work effectively with people with dementia, their carers’ and families.  The award meets relevant criteria identified within the Knowledge and Skills Framework (2004), in particular Core Dimensions 1–6, Health and Well-being dimensions HWB 1–7 and Information and Knowledge dimensions IK 1–3.

You study person-centred approaches to care, current service evaluation and improvement, meeting the needs of clients exhibiting challenging behaviours and the legal, ethical and professional issues within this complex area of healthcare. Contemporary literature and key drivers of dementia care provide the theoretical underpinning for clinical practice. Electronic resources support your learning.

This award is delivered at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington campus.

How you learn

Experiential learning and enquiry-based learning, demonstrated by student-led individual and group seminars form the focus of teaching and learning, supported by a series of lectures and workshops. You complete a workbook and use electronic resources, individual and group tutorials also contribute to your learning process. 

The assessment allows you to demonstrate how theory can inform and influence practice. You produce a portfolio of evidence, including the development of a teaching session, which shows that key aspects of the award are to be disseminated to workforce colleagues, and a 3,000 word essay providing the theory underpinning practice. The portfolio is submitted for summative assessment four weeks after completion of the taught award.

Entry requirements

You must hold a professional qualification related to health and social care.

Course information

Part-time

  • 12 weeks

More part-time details

  • 20 Credits, Degree Level
  • Enrolment date: April/May
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750
  • Limited funded places available

Contact details

Further information