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The primary purpose of this qualification is to help you prepare to enter, or progress within, employment within the Health or Social Care sector. This qualification aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of caring for people with dementia. You’ll develop knowledge of person-centred care, the influence of positive communication methods, issues relating to the use of medication for people with dementia, and the importance of providing appropriate activities.

Entry Requirements

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

Dates and Times

We are hoping to run this course again in Autumn 2017.

Course Content

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care contains 7 mandatory units to help you gain knowledge and understanding in these areas:

  • Unit 01 Dementia awareness (2 credits)
  • You’ll develop knowledge of what dementia is and its different forms, and how others can have an impact on a person with dementia.

  • Unit 02 The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia (2 credits)
  • You’ll develop the knowledge and understanding required to enable the person with dementia to experience well-being. You’ll develop your knowledge of the person-centred approach to dementia care and support.

  • Unit 03 Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia (2 credits)
  • You’ll gain the underpinning knowledge required to develop your awareness of the differing communication needs and abilities of people with dementia to enhance positive interactions.

  • Unit 04 Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care (2 credits)
  • You’ll understand the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion that are fundamental to person-centred care practice.

  • Unit 05 Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person- centred approach (2 credits)
  • You’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of people who may have specific needs for receiving medication because of their experience of dementia. You’ll develop knowledge of these medication requirements.

  • Unit 06 Understand behaviour in the context of dementia (3 credits)
  • You’ll explore different forms of behaviour and the factors that can affect behaviour in a person with a dementia. You’ll learn how to respond in an appropriate and supportive manner to behaviour that may be challenging.

  • Unit 07 Understand the benefits of engaging in activities in social care (2 credits)
  • You’ll understand the benefits of engaging in activities to enhance physical, mental and social well-being in a diverse range of settings.

    How You Can Progress

    Successful completion of this qualification will help support a number of job roles within the Health and Social Care sector as you may be working with people who have dementia, or are at risk of developing dementia in your day-to-day role. Students may also progress onto similar, relevant courses such as: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness.



    Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770400.

    Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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