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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. It will also support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector.The qualification does not 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.The course is split into seven mandatory units:Understanding dementia In this unit learners will investigate the common types, causes and effects of dementia. They will gain an understanding of the importance of early diagnosis and an insight into the effects and experience of dementia.Understand how person-centered approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia In this unit learners will gain an understanding of the importance of person-centered care for individuals with dementia. They will investigate how each individual’s experience of dementia is different and how they can be supported. They will also understand how to promote person-centered values.Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support In this unit learners will investigate various ways in which individuals with dementia may communicate. They will then look into the factors that would influence interactions and communication. Learners will also gain an understanding of how communication and positive interactions are an effective part of caring for and supporting individuals with dementia.Supporting positive interaction, occupation, and activity in dementia care In this unit learners will understand the range and benefits of positive interactions in dementia care. They will look at the various approaches and how to support them. They will then investigate how individuals with dementia can engage in activity and occupation. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to engage with individuals with dementia to promote identity and inclusion.Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support In this unit learners will understand the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion within the context of dementia care. They will understand how to recognise and challenge discrimination and oppressive practices.Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights In this unit learners will understand how the rights of individuals with dementia are protected. They will gain an understanding of how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and make decisions, involving carers and others. They will also understand how to enable the individual with dementia to exercise their rights and choices. Principles of the administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia In this unit learners will gain an understanding of the common medication that could be used for individuals with dementia and how to support the individual.To achieve the certificate for this course, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units. Learners who are not successful can resubmit work within the registration period.Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement with each unit. On completion of each unit, candidates must declare that the work produced is their own.
What will I learn?
The objectives of this qualification are to enable learners to understand:
• types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis
• person-centered 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.
• Learners must be aged 19 years or over on 1st April 2021.
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• In order to be eligible to complete this course for free, Learners must not already hold a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. four AS Levels or two A Levels etc). If Wiltshire College and University Centre are not able to obtain government funding, then Learners will be expected to pay a course fee of £811 or Learners can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• Learners must not be completing any other funded courses such as an Apprenticeship or any other NCFE course.
• Learners can only complete one Level 3 qualification for free.
• Learners who already hold a full Level 3 qualification and wish to complete this course can do so for a fee of £811 or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• You can check your eligibility by contacting DistanceLearning@wiltshire.ac.uk
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Assessment requirements: portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and moderated, and then externally moderated.
This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor. You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit. Once work is submitted this is automatically sent to your assessor for marking.
Additional Costs and Information
• This course is free (entry requirements apply) however, there is a £200 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• There are not any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification; however, learners might find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a health or health and social care related area.
• The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support • Level 3 Certificate in Working in the Health Sector • Level 4 qualifications in Health and Social Care.