NCFE Award in
Awareness of Dementia Level 2 Equivalent to SCQF Level 5

Learn key practices involved in caring for those with dementia.


Why take this course?

This qualification is for learners aged 16 and above, and aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of practices in the care of individuals with dementia. It does not infer competence in a work role, but can be used as professional development for those who wish to gain knowledge in this specialist area of practice. The qualification is accredited by the NCFE - a national awarding organisation. For more information please visit the NCFE website

What you will experience

Throughout the course you will build a good understanding of dementia, promoting the application of person centred principles to everyday care activities. Units are as follows:

  • Unit 1 - Dementia awareness
  • Unit 2 - The person centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Unit 3 - Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
  • Unit 4 - Understand the factors that can influence communication and integration with individuals who have dementia.

You are required to complete all four units to gain certification. Course work will be internally and externally moderated.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this award, but you should have the minimum level of literacy and numeracy necessary to use the distance learning materials and complete assessment tasks.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Self Study course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are paper based and will be posted to you by recorded delivery. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor. Your tutor will contact you (via your College email account) within 7-10 working days of receiving your welcome letter and materials.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by e-mail but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. Please note that you must be able to study independently through the course materials. Please note that it is a requirement that all email communication between staff and students is made using College email accounts. This ensures that the College complies with Data Protection legislation and that information is accessed only by authorised users.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the IT Centre. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

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Starts Duration Fees Code
1 August 2017 80 Hours over 12 Months £257.00
Paper applications only

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