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What makes this course at Worcester special?

This online award provides you with evidence-based interventions to support health and social care staff to safely reduce medication, restrictive practices and improve quality of life for people living with dementia. Developed from the ‘Focussed Intervention Training and Support (FITS) into Practice’ research programme, it is one of the only evidence-based models for care settings of people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour. 

The course is designed to equip students from a variety of professional backgrounds with the skills, materials and know-how to deliver a practice-based programme to frontline health and social care staff Those 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 and students who complete this double module can leave with this Postgraduate Award or use it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies



Key features

  • A fully online supportive learning environment which utilises a flexible, multidisciplinary, student-centred route to postgraduate achievement.
  • A course structured around the values of academic freedom, ethical awareness and critical appraisal.
  • Stimulating learning conditions in which students gain the confidence to feel they can shape future dementia care by challenging and enhancing current practice and approaches.
  • A course which critically reflects on the FITS (Focussed Intervention Training and Support) into Practice programme, its implementation and relevant emerging evidence in the field.

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 Professional Development Award, you will be joining a growing community of practice and will continue to find support via ADS 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.


  • 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.

Evidence of employer approval and other supporting paperwork will be required prior to commencement.

Course content

Course content

This course has been developed from an evidence-based programme Implementing the Focussed Intervention Training and Support (FITS) into Practice course in care settings for people with dementia, complex needs and distressed behaviour.

This and other courses are informed by research and current developments and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers and do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice.  

This course is offered on a part time basis only. The mandatory module, Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care (30 credits) runs once per year across two semesters. The module starts annually in semester two (January), that is, the module will be completed in a calendar year.

Students who complete this Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care module can choose to leave with a Postgraduate Award in Professional Development or use it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies. The course will reflect the learning outcomes in the Dementia Training Standards Framework.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

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 completely 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 asynchronous 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. This module has a specific practice based component which you will carry out in your usual place of employment.

Contact time

Synchronous contact - Scheduled/planned

There will be live tutorials and other live activities using the online learning environment.  A normal pattern of scheduled contact time will be around 1 hour per fortnight over each 12 week semester, therefore 12 hours for this 30 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 8 hours of personal self-study per week for this module. Guided independent study will include students planning, design and delivery of teaching and support sessions, as well as reading journal articles, books 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.


1 year part time


The online learning environment will be available for the duration of the semester and will be available one week before the module commences. Dates for scheduled seminars will be made available prior to 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 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 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.



The focus is on introducing more effective ways of working within your employing organisations. The programme equips you to develop in your existing roles, within your area of practice and with the potential to progress into strategic and leadership roles.

Students can choose to leave with this Postgraduate Award in Professional Development or use it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies. As part of the journey of professional and role development we also encourage students to continue on their academic journey through access to a range of higher degrees including PhD, clinical doctorate and other taught doctorates.


Fees and funding

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on the Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care PG Award in the academic year 2024/25 is £1,500.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fees for part-time international students registering on the Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care PG Award in the academic year 2024/25 is £2,175.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

How to apply

How to apply

Before you apply

First gather together the following supporting evidence:

  • personal statement, including details of your teaching/supervision experience and/or qualifications 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.

Please ensure that one of your referees is able to confirm your teaching experience and that you have permission to meet the teaching requirements of the course.

If you have any further questions about the course please do get in touch with us via the contact details below.


When you apply, please ensure that you detail your teaching/supervision experience in your personal statements and references.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Office