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Dementia Care - 30 credits - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:
See below for details
City South

This course runs on the following dates:

Wednesdays beginning from 4 January to 22 March 2017

This module is designed to meet the development needs of experienced practitioners from different disciplines who are involved in the care and treatment of people with dementia and their families.

The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to enhance the care you offer to people with dementia and their families

  • You will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the underpinning theories that support evidence and values-based practice with this service-user group, and apply them in your role.

This module is also available as a stand alone module. Then it can be accessed by the Mental Health Studies, Dimensions in Healthcare and as a short credit bearing course. You may find it useful to familiarise yourself with the Framework first.

We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating

The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. This double module course provides 30 Level 6 (Degree level) credits.

This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree

Learn more about our top-up degrees

Course Details

Areas of study include:

The content of the module reflects current policy and evidence, and is flexible so as to adjust to updates and developments in the field, as well as the interests of participants. Content includes:

  • The structure of the brain, and the causes of different types of dementia
  • Current treatments and research
  • Communication skills
  • Personhood theory
  • Assessment skills
  • Alternative models for explaining and addressing dementia
  • Carers issues
  • The roles of specialist practitioners
  • Spirituality and dementia
  • Teaching skills for dementia care
  • Diversity issues
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Policy

How will I be taught?

The approach to teaching is student-centred, so a range of interactive face-to-face and online learning opportunities are provided. Students can then build their own understanding of issues relevant to their practice, apply learning and continue to reflect and evaluate, in ongoing self-development within a supportive multi-disciplinary group.

How much study is involved?

60 hours contact time in university and 180 hours of self-study per double module.

Assessment Methods

The module assessment promotes engagement with central issues in a way that enables practice of skills useful for career progression.

There are three items of assessment. These are a reflection (25 per cent), a presentation (25 per cent) and a written assignment (50 per cent).The first two elements take place during the module, while the latter is submitted after its completion.

Application Details

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.


For more information

Contact the module leader Catharine Jenkins on +44 (0)121 331 7188

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicole Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.