Dementia Education and Training

BSc (Hons)
Entry: Direct entry
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Health Studies
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Overview

The BSc (Hons) Dementia Education and Training programme is a two year distance learning programme designed to equip students with knowledge and understanding related to the provision of evidence based dementia care training.

Students will obtain knowledge and skills related to the provision of training and will understand the barriers and obstacles to change as well as strategies and skills for implementing change initiatives. It is ideally suited to people who want to facilitate practice based change.

This course is intended for UK and international students who are;

  • Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in dementia
  • Volunteers who have contact with people with dementia
  • Individuals who are already training or expect to train others in dementia care

Why Bradford?

The School of Dementia Studies, University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia. We are the only academic School of Dementia Studies in the world to offer a BSc in Dementia Studies.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research.  Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues' practice.

We use a variety of virtual learning environments so that students can interact with the course tutors and fellow students.

For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

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Entry requirements

This programme is intended for people working in the field of dementia care who can provide evidence of holding a level 5 qualification (NQF) such as a Diploma in Higher Education or NVQ level 4.

To apply for the programme you must have direct access to people with dementia and to a service that provides care, support and training to people with dementia and their carers, either as part of your regular employment or on a voluntary basis. It is important to be aware that by direct contact we mean sustained, one-to-one interaction with people who have dementia, not merely being in an environment where dementia care or services are provided. You will not be able to complete the coursework assignments without this kind of personal contact with people who have dementia, and it must already be in place when you apply for the course.

You will be required to suspend studies or withdraw from the programme if during your studies you cease to hold either paid or voluntary work in an relevant setting.

English language requirements:

Students for whom English is not their first language must have at least IELTS 6.5 with no sub-test lower than 5.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

LevelTitleCreditsType
6 Approaches to Dementia 30 Core
6 Dementia Training Skills and Approaches 30 Core
6 Planning for Practice Change 30 Core
6 Evidence Based Dementia Training Project 30 Core

Learning activities and assessment

Approaches to Dementia

Year 1, Semester 1 module (30 credits)

This module will provide students with a critical awareness of the key concepts underlying dementia care. Learners will acquire knowledge of what constitutes excellence in dementia care that promotes wellbeing for people with dementia and their families. Students will also establish a critical appreciation of the importance of professional development, personal learning and reflection non the role of a dementia practitioner.

Dementia Training Skills and Approaches

Year 1, Semester 2 module (30 credits)

This module enables students to appraise relevant theory, policy and practice literature that is relevant to the development of dementia care training. The module also covers the application of theoretical approaches and perspectives on adult learning. Students will evaluate the potential of training activities for adult learners with a view to facilitating sustainable change in practice.

Planning for Practice Change

Year 2, Semester 1 module (30 credits)

This module will introduce students to the key concepts and principles that underpin practice development and organisational change. The module requires learners to identify an area for practice change through consultation with stakeholders and to develop an evidence-based plan to affect change.

Evidence-based Training Project

Year 2, Semester 2 module (30 credits)

In this module, students will develop and deliver an evidence based training resource designed to provide effective staff training for the development of practice in the specified area. They will deliver an evidence-based training session on the chosen area of practice to an advanced standard and conduct training needs analysis and evaluation of their own training practice.

Placement

There are no clinical placements on this course, but students will already be working in a dementia care setting.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Due to the prominence of dementia within national policies and its position as a priority health area, there is increasing demand from employers for people with specialist knowledge and skills in dementia care and training roles.  This programme therefore helps you to meet the need for workforce development.

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Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of applications for this course. If you are having problems with your application, please contact 01274 236593.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.