Available for January start
Online course details
Part-time: 1 year
£2,550 (2019/20) ‡
January, September, May
Online course description
Dementia is a global issue that affects millions of people across the world and with an ageing population, dementia is fast becoming one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Partnerships in Dementia Care is aimed at a wide range of health and social care professionals working in and around dementia. Whether you are enhancing your career or have a general interest in this area of study, this course is ideal for developing the knowledge you need to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Practitioners are being called upon to lead change within their organisation on both clinical and strategic fronts, increasing the demand for qualified specialists in dementia care. Consultations with key partners, stakeholders and students highlights the demand for flexible, inter-professional, postgraduate programmes to help health and social care professionals meet the specific care needs of those living with dementia.
Expand and advance your understanding of dementia care
This course will help you to expand and advance your understanding of dementia care while teaching you how to apply these skills to your own health and social care setting. This course will also enable you to assess and support the impact your actions will have on the future of integrative practice, developing an advanced professional approach to integrative care for people living with dementia.
You will study three modules over the duration of one year, studying one module per trimester. In studying this Postgraduate Certificate, you will gain an advanced understanding of the multidisciplinary perspectives in dementia care, developing a framework to form effective high-quality care that is in line with local, national and international policies.
You will gain a qualification in dementia care that allows you to offer employers a specific and unique skillset for use within a practice setting as well as the ability to embed your skills and knowledge to help meet the needs of those living with dementia.
Our academic programme team bring with them a wealth of knowledge with many years’ experience in the health and social care sector. We recognise that health and social care professionals are required to have a wide range of specific and transferable skills and this programme offers you the diversity to develop these skills while supporting you through your career development. This course reflects the changing requirements within the health and social care sector that expects skilled and flexible professionals to adapt and lead developments in their own specific area of practice.
Find out more about the online Partnerships in Dementia Care Postgraduate Certificate course
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This Postgraduate Certificate is available to study part-time and is delivered fully online. You will study three modules whilst addressing the core aspects of Dementia Care:
- Advanced Integrative Practice
- Social Consequences of Dementia Care
- Partnerships in Dementia Care
The Postgraduate Certificate in Partnerships in Dementia Care is the result of very thorough and informative discussions with key stakeholders both regionally and nationally. It aims to deliver the flexibility, skills and knowledge professionals seek to progress throughout their career and to make a difference in the workplace. This course ensures professional standards are met and also counts towards your CPD for the year, enabling progressive structured improvement in your role.
This course is particularly beneficial for primary care, mental health nurses and community nurses, general practitioners, public health care workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, care home managers, social workers and those working in the emergency services (including the police and fire services). The knowledge and skills gained from studying this programme will enhance your ability to develop your career and enrich your professional practice.
We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.
You will need to complete three core 20 credit modules at level 7 for a total of 60 credits.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You will normally need the following:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject, plus
- Work experience in an appropriate subject area following on from your bachelor’s level qualification, plus
- Current employment in an arena which will enable the achievement of the individual module learning outcomes eg voluntary, public, private, community, acute health and social care arenas.
If you have an International qualification, it will need to be mapped to the UK equivalent registration to ensure that you are entering the programme with at least 120 academic credits at level 6.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS 7.0
- TOEFL: 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C
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About your fees
This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.
However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Students should apply directly to the University.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
While studying this Postgraduate Certificate, you will already be working within a health and social care setting on a paid or voluntary basis. This course will allow you to develop and enhance your career, as well as help you to improve the care of your patients, clients or service users.
You can take this course to stand out from other health professionals and Level 6 professionals, building on your skills and knowledge that can be implemented into your practice. This course will also count towards your CPD for the year, enabling progressive structured improvement in your role.
This Level 7 course will enable you to go onto our MSc Integrative Health and Social Care as well as other Master courses. Postgraduate Diplomas are also the next step up from completing this course.
In completing this course you will have the ability, skills and knowledge to help you pursue more strategic roles in the health and social care sector, or to move ahead in a hands on role for dementia patients.
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