Awareness of Dementia Level 3

Our Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia is aligned to the National Dementia Strategy, on which you will learn an awareness for providing positive care for people with dementia and their families.

The qualification consists of four modules. All modules are theory based and are provided as a remote learning opportunity with assignments, workbooks and resources provided. The average time to completion of this qualification is 4 to 6 weeks.

Course Details

Qualification Name: Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia (RQF)
Accreditation: iCQ OfQual recognised qualification
OfQual Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): 601/6925/4
Average time to completion: 4 to 6 weeks

Course Content

Module 1

Understand the process and experience of dementia

Understand the neurology of dementia.

  1. Describe a range of causes of dementia syndrome.
  2. Describe the types of memory impairment commonly experienced by individuals with dementia.
  3. Explain the way that individuals process information with reference to the abilities and limitations of individuals with dementia.
  4. Explain how other factors can cause changes in an individual’s condition that may not be attributable to dementia.
  5. Explain why the abilities and needs of an individual with dementia may fluctuate.

Understand the impact of recognition and diagnosis of dementia.

  1. Describe the impact of early diagnosis and follow up to diagnosis.
  2. Explain the importance of recording possible signs or symptoms of dementia in an individual in line with agreed ways of working.
  3. Explain the process of reporting possible signs of dementia within agreed ways of working.
  4. Describe the possible impact of receiving a diagnosis of dementia on the individual their family and friends.

Understand how dementia care must be underpinned by a person-centred approach.

  1. Compare a person centred and a non-person-centred approach to dementia care.
  2. Describe a range of different techniques that can be used to meet the fluctuating abilities and needs of the individual with dementia.
  3. Describe how myths and stereotypes related to dementia may affect the individual and their carers.
  4. Describe ways in which individuals and carers can be supported to overcome their fears.

Module 2

Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach

Understand the common medications available to, and appropriate for, individuals with dementia

  1. Outline the most common medications used to treat symptoms of dementia
  2. Describe how commonly used medications affect individuals with dementia
  3. Explain the risks and benefits of anti-psychotic medication for individuals with dementia
  4. Explain the importance of recording and reporting side effects/adverse reactions to medication
  5. Describe how as required (PRN) medication can be used to support individuals with dementia who may be in pain

Understand how to provide person centred care to individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medication

  1. Describe person-centred ways of administering medicines whilst adhering to administration instructions
  2. Explain the importance of advocating for an individual with dementia who may be prescribed medication

Module 3

Understand the role of communication and interactions with individuals who have dementia

Understand that individuals with dementia may communicate in different ways.

  1. Explain how individuals with dementia may communicate through their behaviour.
  2. Give examples of how carers and others may misinterpret communication.
  3. Explain the importance of effective communication to an individual with dementia.
  4. Describe how different forms of dementia may affect the way an individual communicates.

Understand the importance of positive interactions with individuals with dementia.

  1. Give examples of positive interactions with individuals who have dementia.
  2. Explain how positive interactions with individuals who have dementia can contribute to their wellbeing.
  3. Explain the importance of involving individuals with dementia in a range of activities.
  4. Compare a reality orientation approach to interactions with a validation approach.

Understand the factors which can affect interactions and communication of individuals with dementia.

  1. List the physical and mental health needs that may need to be considered when communicating with an individual with dementia.
  2. Describe how the sensory impairment of an individual with dementia may affect their communication skills.
  3. Describe how the environment might affect an individual with dementia.
  4. Describe how the behaviour of carers or others might affect an individual with dementia.
  5. Explain how the use of language can hinder positive interactions and communication

Module 4

Understand the diversity of individuals with dementia and the importance of inclusion

Understand the concept of diversity and its relevance to working with individuals who have dementia.

  1. Explain what is meant by the term’s diversity anti-discriminatory practice anti-oppressive practice.
  2. Explain why it is important to recognise and respect an individual’s heritage.
  3. Describe why an individual with dementia may be subjected to discrimination and oppression.
  4. Describe how discrimination and oppressive practice can be challenged.

Understand that each individuals experience of dementia is unique.

  1. Explain why it is important to identify an individual’s specific and unique needs.
  2. Compare the experience of dementia for an individual who has acquired it as an older person with the experience of an individual who has acquired it as a younger person.
  3. Describe how the experience of an individual’s dementia may impact on carers.
  4. Describe how the experience of dementia may be different for individuals who have a learning disability who are from different ethnic backgrounds at the end of life.

Understand the importance of working in a person-centred way and how this links to inclusion.

  1. Explain how current legislation and Government policy supports person centred working.
  2. Explain how person-centred working can ensure that an individual’s specific and unique needs are met.
  3. Describe ways of helping an individual’s carers or others understand the principles of person-centred care.
  4. Identify practical ways of helping the individual with dementia maintain their identity.

Enrolment and Delivery

Please use our enquiry form or contact us by telephone if you have any queries about this qualification or would like to express an interest to enrol onto this course. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions, help to make sure this course is right for you and/or your staff team, and talk you through what is involved in enrolment and course completion.

Upon enrolment, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will assist you through achieving successful and meaningful completion of your award. All of the electronic resources, workbooks and assignments required for you to complete the course will be emailed to you for you to commence working with at a time of your convenience. Your tutor will work with you to set targets and milestones that are achievable for you and will check in with you regularly, providing assistance whenever necessary.

On successful completion of your award, your assessor will coordinate with the awarding body for the issuance of your certificate, which will be promptly delivered to you.

Funding and Pricing

Including Assignment, Workbook and Resources:

The full cost of this qualification is £105 per person which is duly invoiced at the point of enrolment.

Upon completion and certification of this qualification, the certificate(s) for you/your staff members will be sent to you.

Quality Assurance

This Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia is accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual) regulates this qualification, examinations and assessments in England.

Complete Training is an approved registered centre with the OFQUAL regulated awarding organisation ‘I Can Qualify‘ (iCQ). All our qualifications are subject to both internal and external quality assurance processes to ensure we meet all of the awarding body specifications. All course materials are developed to meet the specific outcomes that make up the full qualification.

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