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Principles of Dementia Care (distance learning) - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate

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This qualification enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia, successful completion of the units will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects and will lead to a Level 3 qualification.

What the course is about

This course will support progression into relevant employment within the health and social care sector. The qualification does not infer competence in the work role but can be used to support the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed for those working in or towards a dementia care role. The objectives of this qualification are to enable learners to understand:

  • The types of dementia and the importance of early diagnosis

  • Person-centred approaches in dementia care

  • The role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support

  • Use of medication to support individuals with dementia

This is a distance learning qualification where you will use an e-learning package and complete assessment activity electronically. You will be supported by a tutor who will provide feedback (electronically) on your progress and will suggest other learning activities to help you develop the knowledge and understanding you require to successfully complete the qualification. The online e-learning material provided has been developed to provide the information you need to develop your knowledge and understanding to meet a specific range of learning outcomes. These outcomes are also mapped to National Occupational Standards so you can be sure that what you are learning is relevant to the workplace. You will plan a programme of study around your other life commitments. Distance learning material can be studied at any time and in any location where you can access a PC, laptop or tablet and broadband. You should aim to complete your course in 9 months although it may be possible to achieve this earlier if you have more time to spend on study. Qualification content This qualification consists of 7 mandatory units and you will study e-learning material, complete activities, and submit assessment questions for marking, for all these units;

  • Understanding dementia

  • Understand how person-centred approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia

  • Principles of communication and interaction in dementia care and support

  • Supporting positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia care

  • Principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support

  • Understand how to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights

  • Principles of the administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia

You should not underestimate the time commitment required to complete a distance learning qualification at Level 3. Your tutor will also support you to improve your English skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills from the work you produce and providing additional learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. This is a vocational course leading to a qualification and the cost of it is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines. Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within the required timescale you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee. For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

There is a minimum entry age of 19 for this qualification. An Application process is applicable to this course. Please read the application page on the website before applying. Once you have read the application page you may go ahead and apply. For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a Level 3 assessed course. The online materials have been developed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge you require to complete the qualification. The learning materials are mapped to learning outcomes required by awarding organisations to satisfy the requirements of the qualification. At the beginning of your course you will be assigned a tutor who will be able to mark your work on-line and give you feedback and suggestions as you progress. Once completed your work will be marked and internally verified. An external verifier from the awarding body will review your work before you receive your certificate. The visits from external verifiers only take place twice a year so there may be a delay in certification being awarded after you have completed your course. As soon as your certificate is received by Skills & Learning it will be forwarded to you.

Awarding body: NCFE CACHE

Assignments/Course work: Assessed questions for each learning outcome

Examination(s): No set examination

Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you with working in the care sector. We suggest that you complete Level 2 Principles of Dementia Care, before applying for this course. This allows you to build your knowledge of dementia before beginning Level 3. We would consider applications from learners with a Level 3 or higher qualification in a related subject or those who have significant workplace experience. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis so please get in touch if you feel you meet this criteria. 

You will need good IT skills and access to a computer, laptop, or tablet, with regular and reliable internet connection. This can be at home, at work, or in a library. You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable. You should consider your readiness to commit to study and we have a study support toolbox to help you with this: English language skills at Level 2 are required (BKSB Level 2). You will be asked to complete an online assessment in English after submitting a course application.

Materials and costs

Resources required to achieve your qualification Essential: Access to a PC, laptop, notebook or tablet, with broadband/wi-fi. Where this is not available to you, there is an option to have paper-based learning materials.

Desirable: Headphones. There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

Course Costs For information regarding any funding for this course please refer to the Finance page on our website

Please be aware that once you have submitted the Learning Agreement, you are committed to this programme of study. If you do not start the learning package when advised, or submit work when requested, the cost of the registration fee (£125) will be passed on to you.

Next Step

You may like to consider other health and social care qualifications such as Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, or Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year see our website for more details. Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. See the website for more details. Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education. Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you.

You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

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Course Details

Start DateAny




Duration2-6 months

SubjectDistance Learning


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £811. Concessions FREE.

The cost of this course is The total charge for this course is £811. Concessions FREE.. You can study this course:

  • By paying upfront in full
  • For free (Fully funded) under the ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ offer. You may be eligible if you are 19 + at the start of the course and do not already have a full Level 3 or above qualification, or you are unemployed or your earnings are less than £20,319pa.
  • With an Advanced Learner Loan. Learner Loans help you pay for courses, and you don’t need to pay anything back until your income is over £250,000 a year.
  • With an Instalment Plan

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