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Level 2 NCFE Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who wish to gain an understanding of the principles of dementia care.

It is intended to help you prepare to enter, or progress in, employment in the Health or Social Care sector in job roles where an understanding of dementia is required. It is also suitable for those wanting to understand more about the care of a loved one.

This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for people with dementia. You’ll develop knowledge of person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for people with dementia, and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

You need to be at least 16 years old to take this qualification. Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Course Content

This Certificate includes seven mandatory units which you need to complete in order to gain the qualification. These are:

Unit 01 Dementia awareness
You’ll develop your knowledge of what dementia is and its different forms, and how others can have an impact on a person with dementia.

Unit 02 The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
This unit looks at the well-being of those with dementia. You’ll learn about the person-centred approach to dementia care and support.

Unit 03 Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
We look at the differing communication needs and abilities of people with dementia.

Unit 04 Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
You’ll understand the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion that are fundamental to person-centred care.

Unit 05 Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
You’ll develop an awareness of the potential needs for receiving medication due to dementia.

Unit 06 Understand behaviour in the context of dementia

You’ll explore different forms of behaviour and the factors that can affect behaviour in a person with a dementia and how to respond in an appropriate and supportive way.

Unit 07 Understand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care
You’ll understand the benefits of engaging in activities to enhance physical, mental and social well-being.

Entry Requirement

You don’t need to have any specific prior learning requirements to take this qualification, but you may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification within the Health and Social Care area.


This is a vocationally related QCF qualification with 123 guided learning hours. Within this time you can expect to be involved in formal learning activities which could include classes, tutorials or seminars. You’re also expected to work independently, researching the subject and preparing for class-based activities.

100 per cent of this qualification focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of the principles of dementia care.

This is a standalone qualification and is not part of an Apprenticeship framework.

Where does this course lead to

Successful completion of this qualification will help support a number of job roles within the Health and Social Care sector as you may be working with people who have dementia, or are at risk of developing dementia in your day-to-day role. These job roles could include:

  • healthcare support service worker
  • clinical healthcare support worker
  • healthcare assistant
  • nursing assistant
  • mental health support worker
  • substance misuse worker
  • health education/health promotion worker


Completion of this qualification may enable you to progress into the above job roles within the Health and Social Care sector as a new entrant or as part of your ongoing career development.

If you’re interested in progressing to further study, Level 3 qualifications in related areas are available.

You could also progress to the following Apprenticeships:

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship I Health (Healthcare Support Services)

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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL044
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 25 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Distance Learning
Tuition Fees: £0
Registration Fees: £0
Exam Fees: 0
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