• Age group19+
  • DurationYou will be required to complete the course within 24 weeks. If you withdraw prior to completing the course or do not complete the course within the required 24 weeks you will be liable to pay a £50 admin fee.
  • Awarding bodyNCFE / CACHE


This qualification enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. Successful completion of the units will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects.

The objectives of this qualification are to enable learners to understand:

  • types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis
  • person-centred approaches in dementia care
  • the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support
  • the use of medication to support individuals with dementia.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

To achieve this qualification you’ll need to complete 7 mandatory units:   

  • Understanding dementia 
  • Understand how person-centred approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support 
  • Supporting positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia care 
  • Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support 
  • Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights 
  • Principles of the administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia  

You will study around your current lifestyle, when it suits you. You should expect to be studying for around 5-10 hours per week.

Entry requirements

The Course is delivered and assessed on line; those that apply will need internet access.
You will also need to have the skills to be able to complete level 3 written online assignments. The learners have to be 19+ and without a full Level 3 or above as prior attainment.

To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification.
The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care is internally assessed.

This qualification will support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector. The qualification doesn’t infer competence in the work role, but can be used to support the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed for those working in or towards a dementia care role.

Distance learning courses are free for qualifying learners over the age of 19 The learners have to be 19+ and without a full Level 3 or above as prior attainment.

You will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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