Dementia Awareness QCF Award Level 3


Dementia Awareness QCF Award Level 3

Course Overview: 

This course is suitable for support staff working in the health and social care sector. It has a particular relevance for those working with older service users, including those working with stages of pre-senile dementia.

This course provides information that will enable students to achieve a broad underpinning knowledge of the subject, together with practical skills that will enable them to support people experiencing dementia.

At the conclusion of the programme, the expected learning outcomes are that the student will:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of a variety of dementias
  • Understand the difficulties and challenges faced by people with dementia and identify the best ways to support them.
  • Empathise with people experiencing dementia
  • Feel more confident when working with service users who have a dementia
  • Have the knowledge and skills to enhance the quality of life of people with dementias.
Entry Requirements: 

This qualification is suitable for people aged 16+ who either work in the sector or who are informal and family carers.

All applicants will need a genuine interest in people and should demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm. Students need to be reliable, honest, trust worthy, well motivated and self-reliant.

Course Delivery: 

Month 1: Induction and enrolment
Month 2: Unit 1 – ‘Understanding Dementia’
Month 3: Unit 2 – ‘Understanding Person-Centred Dementia Care’
Month 4: Unit 3 – ‘Understanding Challenging Behaviour in the Context of Dementia’
Month 5: Unit 4 - ‘Applying a Person-Centred approach to Dementia Care’
Month 6: Completion workshop

The course is delivered in the form of taught sessions over six months and will involve a significant amount of hands on activity with additional work outside the sessions to develop content and materials for completion of the course.

Students will be expected to complete a workbook at the end of each session which will be assessed by a suitably qualified tutor from the health & social care team.

To achieve the qualification, students must undertake four mandatory units which will total 11 credits. For this particular award, all the units are knowledge based, as follows:

  • Understand the process & experience of dementia
  • Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach.
  • Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia.
  • Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion.
Progression Opportunities: 

This qualification is part of a suite of qualifications in dementia care. The knowledge and skills gained through the achievement of this qualification can also be mapped to the Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care.


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