Dementia Awareness QCF Award Level 2


Dementia Awareness QCF Award Level 2

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.

According to the Welsh Government there are over 37,000 people in Wales who have dementia (June 2009). This figure is expected to rise to 50,000 with the next 20 years. Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society show that one in three people over the age of 65 will die as a result of one type of dementia or another.

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.

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 12 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 eight credits. For this particular award, all the units are knowledge based, as follows:

  • Dementia awareness
  • The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia.
  • Understand the factors that can influence communication & interactions with individuals who have dementia.
  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care.

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.
Progression Opportunities: 

Students who successfully complete this course may wish to go on to undertake other qualifications, including NVQ in Health & Social Care


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