Dementia Distance Learning Modules

Accredited Modules 

Dementia Distance Learning - 20 July 2020 is the closing date for modules starting in September 2020 so please apply asap.

 

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We offer three ways in which you can enhance your ability to influence positive change in dementia. All are via University of Worcester accredited distance learning 

1. The Postgraduate Certificate in Person Centred Dementia Studies

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Postgraduate Certificate -Person-Centred Dementia Studies (Fully distance learning)

Helping people develop their expertise in supporting people to live well with dementia is our passion at the Association for Dementia Studies.

Research tells us that the people who make the most impact on this are those in leadership roles. These people work in a wide variety of care and support services that are accessed by people affected by dementia. It is people in leadership roles, or who have the potential to lead others, who will get the most out of this course.

We have pitched this course at a postgraduate level as the most appropriate level for developing reflective and creative leadership qualities.

Is this for you?

This course is fully online, but you won’t be studying and learning alone. Practitioners worldwide face similar challenges in delivering great quality dementia care. By sharing the learning and solutions to common challenges together, your horizons will open up.

The course is open to graduates of any discipline. Many candidates will have a clinical or social care qualification, but we also want to attract people from business, the arts, sport and culture backgrounds. Our watchwords in developing this course have been evidence-based practice and teaching excellence.

We are delivering a course that you do at your pace, studying at the time that is convenient to you. You will engage with online lectures, videos, research literature and discussions to facilitate your independent study. There will be regular live interactive learning opportunities via seminars in a virtual classroom, as well as interactive activities and engagement with other students and tutors.

We know that many people are capable of working at this level but they might not already have a degree. If you think this is the course for you, but you don’t have a degree then you will need to provide some pre-course writing and evidence during the admission procedure to make sure that you can work at this level. Also, for those people for whom English is a second language we will need to see evidence that you have IELTS 6.5.

You will benefit from courses designed by academics who are leaders in their specialism. The course content is grounded in research that we have been directly engaged with over the past ten years.

Our vision is that this will develop into a full Master’s level course over the next few years with more exciting modules on stream. We want to support you to see your way through complexity, to deliver care and support fit for people living with dementia in the 21st century. Together we can bring about amazing change.

How much does it cost?

All modules can also be taken standalone and may be eligible for recognition of prior learning at other universities.

2020/2021 Fees  

UK and EU students   

International   

As the PG Cert requires students to achieve 60 credits the total cost, based on current fees, would be £2,360 – i.e. £590 for each 15 credit module. 

As the PG Cert requires students to achieve 60 credits the total cost, based on current fees, would be £3,424. – i.e. £856 for each 15 credit module. 

NB. Fees are revised annually and therefore if your course spans two academic years fees will vary.

For more information please visit: 

Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies and/or Email: dementia@worc.ac.uk; Tel: 01905 542531. Please join our mailing list for updates.

2. The Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Expert Practice in delivering person-centred dementia care 

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Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Expert Practice in Delivering Person Centred Dementia Care  -  30 credits

The course delivered for this online award is one of the very few proven evidence-based interventions to safely reduce medication and improve quality of life and has been developed from the ‘Focussed Intervention Training and Support (FITS) into Practice’ course in care settings for people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.

This online module is specifically designed to provide dementia care practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds with the skills, materials and know-how to deliver a practice-based programme to provide safe person-centred care with minimal use of psychotropic medication. Students undertaking this module can deliver this programme many times over and form an ongoing community of practice.

The course will reflect the learning outcomes in the Dementia Training Standards Framework.

Students who complete the Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care can choose to leave with this Postgraduate Award in Professional Development or use it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies.

Entry requirements

Course participants must have significant experience of delivering training, education and professional development to direct care staff and be in a position to deliver training and support to staff working in health and care organisations and have either an honours degree at 2:2 level or above or qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this second route will be assessed by providing some pre-course writing to make sure that they can work at this level.

Students whose first language is not English will be expected to have reached a sufficient standard on admission to the programme (e.g. IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element, or equivalent).

Students being sponsored by their employer must provide evidence of employer approval and payment agreement. Evidence of employer approval and other supporting paperwork will be required prior to commencement.

How much will it cost?

2020/2021 Fees    

UK and EU students    

International   

  • 30 credit module                £1,180 
  • 30 credit module                 £1,712 

  NB. Fees are revised annually and therefore if your course spans two academic years fees will vary.

For more information please visit:

Professional development: PG Award or Email: dementia@worc.ac.uk or Tel: 01905 542531. Please also join our mailing list for updates. 

3. Study via individual Module options

All modules can also be taken on an individual and standalone basis. They may also be eligible for recognition of prior learning at other universities. The course content will reflect the requirements of the Dementia Training Standards Framework and will meet all of the Tier 3 leadership learning outcomes. 

MDEM4001 Person-Centred Leadership: the VIPS Approach - Module Lead Professor Dawn Brooker

MDEM4001 LEADERSHIP

This 15 credit module will run from September to January each year (semester 1) - see the module flyer. For more information including how to apply go to  https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/person-centred-dementia-studies-pg-cert. The closing date for applications for the September 2020 modules is 20 July 2020.

Watch this short video clip to meet the Module Lead Professor Dawn Brooker and hear her talking about this module.

MDEM4003 Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care - Module Lead Isabelle Latham

MDEM4003 EXPERT PRACTICE MODULE

This 30 credit module will run annually from January to January each year. If you wish to complete this as a standalone module, it can be completed as a Postgraduate Award in Professional Development. Seee more information in the Module Flyer. Please apply from this webpage www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/professional-development-expert-practice-in-delivering-person-centred-dementia-care-pg-award. The closing date for the January 2021 modules is 30 November 2020.

Watch this short video clip to meet the Module Lead Dr Isabelle Latham and hear her talking about this module.

MDEM4004 Supporting People Living with Advanced Dementia - Module Lead Mary Bruce

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This 15 credit module is running from September 2020 to January 2021. It will run annually at the same time each year (semester 1) - see the module flyer and for more detailed information including how to apply go to  https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/person-centred-dementia-studies-pg-cert. The closing date for applications for the September 2020 modules is 20 July 2020.

Watch this short video clip to meet the Module Lead Mary Bruce and hear her talking about this module.

MDEM4005 Enabling Environments for People Living with Dementia - Module Lead Teresa Atkinson

MDEM4005 DESIGN

This 15 credit module is running from September 2020 to January 2021. It will run annually at the same time each year (semester 1) - see the module flyer and for more detailed information including how to apply go to  https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/person-centred-dementia-studies-pg-cert . The closing date for applications for the September 2020 modules is 20 July 2020.

Watch this short video clip to meet the Module Lead Teresa Atkinson and hear her talking about this module.

MDEM4006 Engagement and Empowerment in Dementia Studies - Module Lead Chris Russell

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This 15 credit module is running from January to May 2021. It will run annually at the same time each year (semester 2) - see the module flyer. For more detailed information and details of how to apply go to  https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/person-centred-dementia-studies-pg-cert. The closing date for the January 2021 modules is 30 November 2020.

Watch this short video clip to meet the Module Lead Dr Chris Russell and hear him talking about this module.

MDEM4007 Dementia in the Family Context - Module Lead Professor Tracey Williamson

MDEM4007 Families

This 15 credit module is running from January to May 2021. It will run annually at the same time each year (semester 2) - see the module flyer. For more detailed information and  how to apply go to https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/person-centred-dementia-studies-pg-cert The closing date for the January 2021 modules is 30 November 2020.

Watch this short video clip to meet the Module Lead Professor Tracey Williamson and hear her talking about this module.

How much does it cost?

All modules can also be taken standalone and may be eligible for recognition of prior learning at other universities.

2020/2021 Fees  

UK and EU students   

International   

  • 15 credit module                £   590
  • 15 credit module                  £   856    
  • 30 credit module                £1,180 
  • 30 credit module                £1,712 
   

NB. Fees are revised annually and therefore if your course spans two academic years fees will vary.

How to apply for standalone modules

Please see information and links here

Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions. These will be regulalrly reviewed and updated. If you have any questions not included here please submit these to dementia@worc.ac.uk

More information - recording of webinar

See and hear more from those who will be delivering the modules in a recording of the "Are these postgraduate dementia studies courses for you? webinar here recording of the webinarhere and via this blog