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Health and Social Care

Principles of Dementia Care - Level 2 Certificate (Distance Learning)

Part Time

Course Overview

This course, designed for a wide range of learners, is for those wishing to gain an understanding of the principles of dementia care.

It is intended for learners preparing 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.

Course Content

This course includes seven mandatory units which you need to complete in order to gain the qualification. 

  • Unit 01 Dementia awareness
  • Unit 02 The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Unit 03 Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
  • Unit 04 Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
  • Unit 05 Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
  • Unit 06 Understand behaviour in the context of dementia
  • Unit 07 Understand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care

Entry Requirement

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

In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 year old you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • If you are 24+ there are no formal entry requirements for this course but you will find it helpful to have a good standard of English and Maths


Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  

We recommended allowing a minimum of 3 hours per week to study this course in your own time.

This course is available:

  • Paper based learning materials with online assessments
  • Online learning materials with online assessments
  • Fully paper based

Where does this course lead to

Successful completion will help support a number of job roles within the Health and Social Care sector, for example:

  • healthcare support service worker
  • clinical healthcare support worker
  • nursing assistant
  • health education/health promotion worker
  • healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary carer environments
  • personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families

Leads to Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Healthcare Support Services)

How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL094
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 25 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Distance Learning
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