Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People Living with Dementia is a free online course that seeks to challenge stereotypes and teaches you to understand, sympathise and help people living with dementia in a compassionate manner. It encourages discussions but supports the sensitivity of the subject and people affected by it.

The course is open to anyone who wants to better understand dementia and learn to care for people with dementia including carers of people with dementia, healthcare professionals and others with a general interest in dementia.

It is designed to offer more than just watching academic videos; you will also engage in forum discussions, group activities and other stimulating tasks.

This course will:

  • encourage learners to challenge their definitions and perceptions of dementia
  • equip learners with the knowledge and understanding to help people with dementia
  • provide a platform for global discussion to facilitate learner’s connections and communication for the purpose of initiating international networks
  • provide learners with career insights, should they wish to pursue a career in health and social care

How to enrol?

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

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Course requirements:

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices ,as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.


This massive open online course is equivalent to level 6 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), however it does not hold any credits and can not be used as a top up for your University credits.

Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Digital Open Badge for completing each unit. These are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit.

Upon finishing the course, you will be issued an E-Certificate featuring all earned badges and stating that you have completed the full course, so that you can add it to your CV or education portfolio.

If you're interested in exploring what else University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.