Dementia Care University Advanced Diploma



Course code: OLUAI     Level: 6

Dementia is set to be one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century, and one of the most important issues we face as the global population ages. This University Advanced Diploma in Dementia Care course will prepare you to fight back against this rapidly growing health problem and meet the specific care needs of individuals with Dementia. It will equip you with the skills to formulate an integrated healthcare plan for your service users.

The Dementia Care University Advanced Diploma course is available to study part time and is delivered fully online. You’ll study three modules which address the core aspects of Dementia Care:

-Partnerships in Dementia Care

-Social Consequences of Dementia Care

-Ethical and Legal Aspects of Healthcare Policy and Practice.

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop critical competence in Dementia Care including integrative management approaches and clinical practice development within your own area of expertise.

Modules have been developed in consultation with the School of Health and Social Care and external consultation. This ensures the programme’s professional standards are met and promotes Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is essential for health and social care.

Who is this course aimed at? 

Understanding Dementia care 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.

Benefits of online learning

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.

How will I learn?

You will learn to critically evaluate concepts and ideas through continual professional development and critical reflection within your own field of professional practice. You will develop a critical understanding of external policy drivers and their application to dementia.  In each module you will be provided with opportunities to apply your academic studies to real-life scenarios.

During this exciting online course you will critically evaluate and challenge concepts and ideas. There will be ample opportunity to interact and network with other professionals from around the world, helping you to widen your professional network.

Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) member


We are proud that our positive impact to Dementia through our online courses has been recognised by Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and we are now an active member of the Alliance.

You will need to complete the following three 20 credit modules.



– Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice



The current policy agenda and developing culture in health care increasingly encourage the exposure and debate of ethical and legal issues. In an increasingly litigious culture, the interface between health care and law is also becoming increasingly important.

This module aims to aims to address the interface between health care and law at all levels, policy, organisation, team and individual patient care. The modules will assist you to recognise and engage with these issues by application of the principles to your practice.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to critically analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to health care practice and policy, understand and apply relevant ethical arguments and legal perspective to a specific practice situation.



Core:Core module

– Partnerships in Dementia Care



This module will introduce you to the professional, ethical and legal dilemmas within the context of quality of life, age and culture surround Dementia. The theme ‘person centred care’ will underpin the module and you will explore cognitive and behavioural methods of intervention for the client.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to evaluate frameworks for effective, collaborative and high quality interventions based on person-centred care, you will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives of Dementia and approaches to care.



Core:Core module

– Social Consequences of Dementia Care



Recognition of the trajectory of the disease and the challenges associated with assisting people to maintain as much independence as possible, through the stages of dementia, is a key focus of a modern health and social care system. This module aims to develop the skills required of an advanced practitioner capable of autonomous working within their practice setting.

You will build on your understanding of Dementia as an ‘impairment’, differentiate between approaches and models of care, understand the barriers to the maintenance of personhood and apply evidence to practice appropriate to your health or social care context.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the context of local and national health and social initiatives in dementia care and explore the implications for practitioners. You will also critically evaluate barriers to maintaining personhood; and critically reflect on their own role in developing a service improvement project/initiative.



Core:Core module

You will need the following:

Normally be currently in 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.

Normally enter the programme with a qualification worth at least 240 academic credits up to level 5.

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 6.0 (in all areas)
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (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

If you do not meet the critera above, you may still be considered but will be required to submit evidence of your work experience and counselled before being offered a place to ensure that you have the necessary capacity for critical awareness and reflection. Contact us for more information and to discuss your options.

Specialist online university
University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) specialises in delivering higher education and its objective is to empower students to achieve their full potential through a first class educational experience supported by information, advice and guidance.

University experience enriched with support
UDOL recognises that studying online and at a distance comes with its own challenges and that it’s a very different experience to traditional campus based study. The university´s support services have been designed to ensure that you can make the most of your time at the UDOL; with a wide range of support and information readily accessible.

Student support services include:

– Academic Team and Online Tutor
– Online Learner Advisor
– Student Wellbeing
– IT Service Centre
– eLibrary and Resource Centre
– Study Skills Advisory Scheme
– Skills Diagnostic Self-Assessment Tool
– Careers and Employment Service

Read more below:

Academic Team and Online Tutor
UDOL has a large team of highly qualified academics from around the world, who are experts in their field. They are research active and many of them have a wealth of experience in industry as well as in academia, bringing great value to the programmes. The team also has a high level of expertise in online learning, using best practice techniques combined with online teaching methods to ensure your studies are rich and stimulating.

Online Learner Advisors
Once enrolled onto your course, you will be assigned a dedicated Online Learner Advisor with extensive knowledge of your programme, who will be your main point of contact throughout your course.
To help you succeed in reaching your academic goals, your Online Learner Advisor will maintain regular communication with you, offering advice and guidance for any non-academic issues such as pace of study, fees and funding, authorised breaks from study, dealing with exceptional circumstances, and much more.

Student Wellbeing
Achieving success in your studies is affected as much by your wellbeing as it is by your academic ability. If you are happy and confident within yourself and your environment, then you will be far more able to achieve the success that you deserve.
The Student Wellbeing services offer support for anything that may impact on you, your academic performance or your experience as a student, from budgeting and anxiety to managing serious problems. The counsellors are especially trained in supporting students online, no matter the issue.
For students with disabilities, learning difficulties or long-term or mental health conditions, specialist support is also available. The student wellbeing team will assess your requirements and put Support Plans in place containing reasonable adjustments to the way you are taught or assessed.

IT Service Centre
The IT Service Centre is able to provide assistance if you are experiencing technical difficulties. They are available 24 hours a day so no matter your time zone, IT support is just a call away.

eLibrary and Resource Centre
The University’s library is accessible to online and distance learners. Investment has been made to make sure that your reading lists are in electronic format and that there is a wide range of online databases, digital texts and ejournals available to you.
As a UK based University of Derby student, you can also access other libraries via the SCONUL Access Scheme, which enables materials to be borrowed from higher-education libraries across the country. Many universities, HE colleges and national libraries throughout the UK and Ireland participate in the scheme making their resources widely available.
The library runs a comprehensive schedule of Support Sessions covering a wide range of topics. These live, one hourly webinars cover topics such as study skills, using the virtual library enquiry desk and dealing with assessment anxiety.

Study Skills Advisory Scheme
Developing your study skills is an integral part of studying. It is particularly important if you are returning to study after a long break and lack confidence in this area.
There is a wide range of resources including guides, audio-visual tutorials and live webinars covering:

– Writing essays and reports
– Writing a dissertation or Independent Studies
– Citing and referencing
– Reading and note taking
– Research skills
– Time management and coping with pressure
– Reflection and personal development planning
– And much more…

Skills Diagnostic Self-Assessment tool
To ensure you have the skills needed for online and academic study, our unique study skills diagnostic tool gives you the opportunity, at any point of your studies, to identify the skills that you are strong at and those which you may need additional help with. The tool will direct you to information and assisted support according to your needs.

Careers and Employment Service
Whether you’re just starting your career or are on a well-established pathway, the Careers and Employment Service has lots to offers. Live webinars, career coaching, CV tailoring and online resources are just some of the services that are freely available to help you develop your employability skills and to plan your next career move. The Careers and Employment service is equipped to help you explore what you will need to do to enhance your career and support you in applying for roles.
As an Alumnus of the University, you will have access to the Careers and Employment Centre for up to 3 years after graduation. You can access the service online, over Skype/ Hangout, on the phone, through e-mail or in person at our Derby campus.

Find out more about the careers and employment centre

It’s free to apply and you have 28 days to complete your application so don’t worry if you don’t have everything to hand right now.

  • Step 2 – Submit your online application.

Provide as much detail as you can and we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

Please, attach the following documents to your online application:

– 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 or letter of testimony for previous qualifications

Don’t worry if you can’t attach your documents right away.  Simply write your name and unique application id onto them, email, fax or post them to us after you’ve submitted your completed application.

  • Step 3 – Wait for a response.

Our Online Learning Advisors will review your application and contact you within 1 working week. If your application is successful, we will make you an ‘unconditional’ offer. If we still need some additional information from you (eg evidence of your qualifications and experience including certificates and references) we may make you a conditional offer. If your application is unsuccessful on this occasion, we will email you to let you know.

  • Step 4 – Time to enrol

We’ll ask you to enrol onto your course about 4 – 6 weeks before the start of term.  For example, if you apply to start your course in September enrolment will open approximately mid-August.

  • Step 5 – … and pay

Contact us for more details about payments and notes for sponsors.

  • Need Help?

If you have any questions during your application, don’t hesitate to contact your friendly Online Learning Advisors for assistance.

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