Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

With Total People
8 – 12 weeks (approximately 200 guided learning hours).


A new case of dementia arises every four seconds somewhere across the world.

Dementia is a condition that affects a person’s cognitive ability and is more commonly experienced in the elderly. With an increasingly ageing population, cases of dementia are on the rise and it is fast becoming a key medical and social issue that impacts all levels of society.

Dementia not only affects the individuals themselves but can also devastate their family, friends and their entire lifestyle. Learners on this course will be able to build their understanding of dementia in order to help care for a friend, relative or patient with the condition.

This course will explore what dementia is, the behaviours associated with the condition, the techniques that will reinforce a person-centred care approach and the medications appropriate for people with dementia.

Upon completion of the course, learners will receive a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification.

Course details

The course consists of seven manageable units:

  • Unit 1: Dementia awareness
  • Unit 2: Person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Unit 3: Factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
  • Unit 4: Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
  • Unit 5: Administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person-centred approach
  • Unit 6: Behaviour in the context of dementia
  • Unit 7: Benefits of engaging in activities in social care

Course format

This is an online course studied via distance learning. To complete this course, learners will need access to a computer and a basic level of IT knowledge.

Studying via distance learning means learners can choose when and where they study. A dedicated Learner Support Advisor provides support to learners throughout the course.

Who is suitable?

Whether learners are looking to start or to develop a career in the care industry, or simply want to know more about dementia for personal reasons, this course is ideal as it explores crucial elements of the different types of dementia.

Learners will gain knowledge that could help them to care for a friend or relative with dementia while also enhancing their understanding of the needs and behaviours of people living with dementia.

Full or partial funding for this course is dependent upon age, employment status and level of income. Learners must meet one or more eligibility criteria that includes:

  • Anyone aged 19 years or over
  • Living in Greater Manchester or in a Non-Devolved Authority region of England
  • Not already holding a Level 2 qualification
  • In employment but earning less than £17,500 annually
  • Currently unemployed
  • Recently been made redundant

Register interest

This course is supported by funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Devolved Adult Education Budget project.