BTEC Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia

As the number of people with dementia increases, it is important that the adult social care workforce has the skills needed to meet their needs. The BTEC Level 3 Award in Awareness in Dementia qualification aims to enhance practice around the care and support of people with dementia.

The BTEC Level 3 Award gives you an awareness of dementia care issues. It provides an introduction to the knowledge, qualities and skills that you may require to work with individuals with dementia. This qualification has been developed in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society and other sector experts to reflect current best practice in this area.

Course availability

This course is currently available to learners throughout England.

Do I need to be working in a care environment to achieve this qualification?

As this Award is a knowledge based qualification, you don't need to be working in the adult social care sector to complete this qualification.

How long does it take to complete this qualification?

The qualification typically takes 12 weeks for you to complete (depending on your skills, experience and progress)

Progression

This qualification doesn't qualify you to work in social care settings, however it is suitable for you to undertake in preparation for employment in adult social care, or as professional development if you already work in an adult social care setting and are interested in specialising in this area of care. The achievement of this qualification can be used as a progression path to the Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

How the qualification is delivered?

The BTEC Level 3 Award in Dementia Care is delivered as an online learning course via our e-learning platform. You will need to undertake self-directed study, a mandatory requirement to achieve this award.

How will the qualification be assessed?

You will be assigned one of our experienced and dedicated assessors who will assess the work you produce and will support you through the qualification. 

Who is this qualification for?

The BTEC Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia is for all learners, aged 16 and above, who are capable of reaching the required standards.

What is involved in this qualification?

The BTEC Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia is an 11 credit qualification that consists of four mandatory units. 

Unit No Unit Title Credit Level

Unit 1

Understand the Process and Experience of Dementia

1 Understand the neurology of dementia

1.1 Describe a range of causes of dementia syndrome

1.2 Describe the types of memory impairment commonly experienced by individuals with dementia

1.3 Explain the way that individuals process information with reference to the abilities and limitations of individuals with dementia

1.4 Explain how other factors can cause changes in an individual’s condition that may not be attributable to dementia

1.5 Explain why the abilities and needs of an individual with dementia may fluctuate

2 Understand the impact of recognition and diagnosis of dementia

2.1 Describe the impact of early diagnosis and follow up to diagnosis

2.2 Explain the importance of recording possible signs or symptoms of dementia in an individual in line with agreed ways of working

2.3 Explain the process of reporting possible signs of dementia within agreed ways of working

2.4 Describe the possible impact of receiving a diagnosis of dementia on:  the individual  their family and friends

3 Understand how dementia care must be underpinned by a person-centred approach

3.1 Compare a person-centred and a non-person-centred approach to dementia care

3.2 Describe a range of different techniques that can be used to meet the fluctuating abilities and needs of the individual with dementia

3.3 Describe how myths and stereotypes related to dementia may affect the individual and their carers

3.4 Describe ways in which individuals and carers can be supported to overcome their fears

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Unit No Unit Title Credit Level

Unit 2

Understand the Administration of Medication to Individuals with Dementia using a Person-centred Approach

1 Understand the common medications available to, and appropriate for, individuals with dementia 

1.1 Outline the most common medications used to treat symptoms of dementia

1.2 Describe how commonly used medications affect individuals with dementia

1.3 Explain the risks and benefits of anti-psychotic medication for individuals with dementia

1.4 Explain the importance of recording and reporting side effects/adverse reactions to medication

1.5 Describe how ‘as required’ (PRN) medication can be used to support individuals with dementia who may be in pain

2 Understand how to provide personcentred care to individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medication

2.1 Describe person-centred ways of administering medicines whilst adhering to administration instructions 

2.2 Explain the importance of advocating for an individual with dementia who may be prescribed medication

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Unit No Unit Title Credit Level

Unit 3

Understand the Role of Communication and Interactions with Individuals who have Dementia 

1 Understand that individuals with dementia may communicate in different ways

1.1 Explain how individuals with dementia may communicate through their behaviour

1.2 Give examples of how carers and others may misinterpret communication

1.3 Explain the importance of effective communication to an individual with dementia

1.4 Describe how different forms of dementia may affect the way an individual communicates

2 Understand the importance of positive interactions with individuals with dementia

2.1 Give examples of positive interactions with individuals who have dementia

2.2 Explain how positive interactions with individuals who have dementia can contribute to their wellbeing

2.3 Explain the importance of involving individuals with dementia in a range of activities

2.4 Compare a reality orientation approach to interactions with a validation approach

3 Understand the factors which can affect interactions and communication of individuals with dementia

2.1 Give examples of positive interactions with individuals who have dementia

2.2 Explain how positive interactions with individuals who have dementia can contribute to their wellbeing

2.3 Explain the importance of involving individuals with dementia in a range of activities

2.4 Compare a reality orientation approach to interactions with a validation approach

3 Understand the factors which can affect interactions and communication of individuals with dementia

3.1 List the physical and mental health needs that may need to be considered when communicating with an individual with dementia

3.2 Describe how the sensory impairment of an individual with dementia may affect their communication skills

3.3 Describe how the environment might affect an individual with dementia

3.4 Describe how the behaviour of carers or others might affect an individual with dementia

3.5 Explain how the use of language can hinder positive interactions and communication

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Unit No Unit Title Credit Level

Unit 4

Understand the Diversity of Individuals with Dementia and the Importance of Inclusion

1 Understand the concept of diversity and its relevance to working with individuals who have dementia

1.1 Explain what is meant by the terms:  diversity  anti-discriminatory practice  anti-oppressive practice

1.2 Explain why it is important to recognise and respect an individual’s heritage

1.3 Describe why an individual with dementia may be subjected to discrimination and oppression

1.4 Describe how discrimination and oppressive practice can be challenged

2 Understand that each individual’s experience of dementia is unique

2.1 Explain why it is important to identify an individual’s specific and unique needs

2.2 Compare the experience of dementia for an individual who has acquired it as an older person with the experience of an individual who has acquired it as a younger person

2.3 Describe how the experience of an individual’s dementia may impact on carers

2.4 Describe how the experience of dementia may be different for individuals:  who have a learning disability  who are from different ethnic backgrounds  at the end of life

3 Understand the importance of working in a person-centred way and how this links to inclusion

3.1 Explain how current legislation and government policy supports person-centred working

3.2 Explain how person-centred working can ensure that an individual’s specific and unique needs are met

3.3 Describe ways of helping an individual’s carers or others understand the principles of person-centred care

3.4 Identify practical ways of helping the individual with dementia maintain their identity

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Course details

12 weeks

£400.00

Payment options 
We have a choice of payment methods, in order to provide a flexible approach to learning.

  • Payment in full
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