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Principles of Dementia Care

Course Code: CPDC
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE)
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
  • Time of day: Flexible
  • When you'll study: The course is delivered online so you can study at a time that suits you.

What's it all about?

This qualification aims to assist you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for those with dementia.

It covers areas such as person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for those with dementia and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

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.


  • Please note that the start dates shown for this course are for guidance only. You will start your course as soon as you have enrolled. 
  • This course is free, however if you do not complete it within an agreed timeline you will be required to pay a fee of £99.

Course information

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care you are required to successfully complete seven mandatory units:

  • 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.

Please note that this course is only available to those 19 years old or over.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care, you must successfully demonstrate your achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the seven mandatory units. The course is internally assessed.

You may progress onto a range of other health and social care distance learning courses at the College.

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