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What makes the Person-Centred Dementia Studies PG Certificate at the University of Worcester special?

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies has been designed specifically for current or potential future managers or leaders of dementia services in health and social care organisations, charities or businesses. Effective leadership in person-centred care is fundamental for the ability of an organisation to deliver services that work for people living with dementia. This course will provide you with evidence-based practical interventions to expand your knowledge and skills in order to provide exemplary dementia care.

The course provides a developmental route for health and social care professionals to improve the quality of their services. It aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and resources to enable them to reach their full potential as skilled care givers, managers and leaders. The course content will reflect the requirements of the Dementia Training Standards Framework and will meet all of the Tier 3 leadership learning outcomes.



Key features

  • A flexible, multidisciplinary, student-centred route to postgraduate achievement, taught in a supportive online learning environment.
  • An opportunity to critically reflect on your own practice and role in the field of dementia care.
  • A chance to challenge your own values and attitudes and develop new ways of thinking in a supportive environment.
  • A stimulating environment where you can gain the confidence to feel you can shape future dementia care by challenging and enhancing current practice and approaches.
  • An opportunity to complete a series of modules which develop critical reflection, originality, critique and synthesis to inform evidence-based practice.
  • A critical appreciation of the varying perspectives and values of health and social care professionals, service users, carers and cultures.
  • A learning environment based on the values of academic freedom, ethical awareness and critical appraisal.

Course introduction

An overview of the course with Professor Dawn Brooker MBE

About the Association for Dementia Studies

The Association for Dementia Studies is at the forefront of person-centred care research, which is used to ensure that our teaching includes real world practical approaches to help people live well with dementia. Our multi-disciplinary team are expert educators who have in-depth experiential and theoretical knowledge in dementia care plus the ability to inspire and enthuse others in this area.

As Alumni of this University of Worcester PG Certificate, you will be joining a growing community of practice and will continue to find support via Association for Dementia Studies run events and an online forum. You will be eligible to be nominated for the Hennell Award, which recognises people who have made a significant contribution to promoting person-centred care.

Come and join us in September 2021 or January 2022

You can join us to study for the full 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate or sign up to study for any of our 15 credit modules on an individual and standalone basis. The cost per 15 credit module for 2021-22 is £608 for UK and EU students and £881 for international students*. You can apply at any time of year (see Section below on ‘How to Apply’) but to start in September 2021 it would be helpful to us to receive your application by 3rd August 2021 and to start in January 2022 to receive your application by 19 November 2021.

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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Applicants will require current experience of working with or supporting people with dementia, either through employment, regular voluntary work or caring.


  • An honours degree at 2:2 level or above


  • Qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above. All students applying via this route will be assessed and where necessary interviewed by the Course Lead.

More information

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).

It is essential that applicants have access to a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device with a reliable internet connection.

Students being sponsored by their employer must provide evidence of employer approval and payment agreement.

Two modules have additional requirements:

Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care - Module participants must have 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. Evidence of employer approval and other supporting paperwork will be required prior to commencement. Please note that if this module is successfully completed you could choose to leave with a Postgraduate Award in Professional Development or use the 30 credits towards achieving this 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate in Person Centred Dementia Studies.

Applying the Admiral Nursing Competency framework – This module is only available to current Admiral Nurses sponsored by Dementia UK to attend. 

Course content

What will you study?

You can choose to register and complete individual modules on a standalone basis or multiple modules required to achieve the 60 credits you need to gain the Postgraduate Certificate.

This course is offered on a part time basis, students can choose to complete 15 or 30 credits per semester, if module choices permit this. Students are encouraged to consider the workload should they select to undertake 30 credits per semester. 

2021/22 Modules

Person-Centred Leadership: the VIPS Approach

Module code: MDEM4001
Credits: 15

This mandatory module runs annually in semester one from September. It does not have to be the first module completed, but does have to be completed to achieve the award.

Watch a video introduction to MDEM4001 by Professor Dawn Brooker MBE.

Read the module specification for MDEM4001.

Enabling Environments for People Living with Dementia

Module code: MDEM4005
Credits: 15

This module also runs annually in semester one from September.

Watch a video introduction to MDEM4005 by Teresa Atkinson.

Read the module specification for MDEM4005.

Engagement and Empowerment in Dementia Studies

Module code: MDEM4006
Credits: 15

This module runs annually in semester two from January.

Watch a video introduction to MDEM4006 by Dr Chris Russell.

Read the module specification for MDEM4006.

Dementia in the Family Context

Module code: MDEM4007
Credits: 15

This module runs annually in semester two from January.

Watch a video introduction to MDEM4007 by Teresa Atkinson.

Read the module specification for MDEM4007.

Expert Practice in Delivering Person Centred Dementia Care

Module code: MDEM4003
Credits: 30

This module runs annually across two semesters starting in semester two (January) and continuing in semester one (September) of the following academic year; that is, the module will be completed in a calendar year.

Watch a video introduction to MDEM4003 by Dr Isabelle Latham.

Read the module specification for MDEM4003.

Supporting People Living with Advanced Dementia

Module code: MDEM4004
Credits: 15

This module will run in semester two of 2021/22.

Watch a video introduction to MDEM4004 by Mary Bruce.

Read the module specification for MDEM4004.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The course will be taught via an online supportive learning environment which will enable you to learn with and from each other to develop professional networks, in addition to advancing your own practice. The modules will enable you to develop critical reflection, originality, critique and synthesis to inform evidence-based practice and gain a critical appreciation of the varying perspectives and values of health and social care professionals, service users, carers and cultures.

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. 


The course is delivered online via Blackboard, the University's online teaching and learning environment. As a student, you will engage with online lectures, videos, research literature and discussions to facilitate your independent study.  

This course provides regular interactive learning opportunities via seminars in a virtual classroom (scheduled live communication) and engagement with students and tutors via unscheduled discussion forums (no timing requirement). 

The programme lead is available for contact throughout the course. Contact with university tutors will be facilitated via email, dedicated module discussion forums and video chat.

Some modules may have specific practice-based components that can be carried out in the student’s workplace or an equivalent appropriate setting.

Contact time

Synchronous contact - Scheduled/planned

There will be live tutorials and other live activities using the online learning environment.  For a 15 credit online module, a normal pattern of scheduled contact time will be around 1 hour per fortnight over 12 weeks, therefore 6 hours per 15 credit module, although additional sessions may be added if a tutor identifies a need. Scheduled online seminar classes are likely to be held in the evening to accommodate student work schedules. 

Asynchronous contact - Unscheduled

Students are expected to participate fully in the programme of study, engage actively with learning opportunities including any scheduled sessions.  Students will be expected to spend 2 hours per week in unscheduled contact over 12 weeks, therefore 24 hours per 15 credit module, through activities, chat rooms and discussion boards which will be flexible. This will allow students to have access to a range of material and learning resources which they can access at a time convenient to them, but remains a means of sustaining contact with tutors.

Independent self study

In addition to the directed online study, scheduled exercises and virtual seminars within the online learning environment, you are expected to undertake around 7-8 hours of personal self-study per week per 15 credit module.  Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and undertaking online research.

You will also be required to prepare coursework assignments and presentations. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


Up to 2 years part time.


The online learning environment will be available for the duration of the semester and will be available one week before a module commences. Dates for scheduled seminars will be made available in advance of the course commencing.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with health and care sector experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by up-to-date research and consultancy.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles at on the Association for Dementia Studies staff page.


Both formative and summative assessment will be utilised across the course.  Both types of assessment are relevant to students achieving the learning outcomes.  

Formative assessment

Formative assessment provides students with structure in their study to guide them through content and skill development as well as enable instructors and tutors to support their learning experience. 

A wide variety of formative assessment will be used in the course to assist students to identify their learning needs as well as build on their strengths and provide instructors with opportunities to individualise support through individualised feedback. 

While formative assessment does not carry a grade contributing to the final grade for any given module, it is essential for student learning and effective student support. 

Summative assessment

Summative assessment is designed to evaluate student achievement in relation to the learning outcomes of individual modules (and in turn, contribute to overall course learning outcomes) and all summative assessment contributes to the final grade.

You will receive feedback on summative assessments within 20 working days of submission date.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?

This course is suitable for practitioners and managers and future managers from any dementia service environment. The focus is on equipping you to develop in your existing role and your area of practice, introducing more effective ways of working within your organisation and giving you the potential to progress into strategic and leadership roles.

As part of the journey of professional and role development we encourage students to continue on their academic journey through access to a range of higher degrees including PhD, clinical doctorate and other taught doctorates.


How much will it cost?

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on the Person-Centred Dementia Care PGCert in the academic year 2021/22 are £608 per 15-credit module and £1,215 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fees for part-time international students registering on the Person-Centred Dementia Care PGCert in the academic year 2021/22 are £881 per 15-credit module and £1,762 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Before you apply

First gather together the following supporting evidence:

  • personal statement, including details of how you meet the entry requirements and any other information relevant to your experience
  • copy of degree certificate (or your highest qualification if you do not have a degree)

You will need upload this as part of the application.

If you're interested in applying for our Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies and have questions about the course, please do get in touch with us via the contact details below.


If you would like to apply for the Post Graduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies, please click on the 'apply' button below   


If you would like to apply for a standalone module, the details are as follows  

Standalone module details

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Office

Dr Chris Russell

Programme Lead, Post Graduate Certificate and Award in Dementia Studies