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Funded Module: Dementia Care Principles

This is a Masters Level module (SCQF Level 11)


Globally we are facing a future where the prevalence of people living with dementia within the population is rising rapidly.  Dementia affects 1 in 20 people over the age of 65 and 1 in 5 over the age of 80.  Worldwide there are an estimated 44 million people with dementia. By 2050 the number is predicted to rise to 135 million (Alzheimer’s Disease International, 2014). 

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge to critically analyse several different views and approaches that have been used to make sense of the experiences of people living with dementia.  Fostering rights and values-based approaches to working with people living with dementia, their friends and family; students will be given the opportunity to develop themselves as potential dementia friendly citizens.  The module includes an examination of medical, psychosocial, cultural, environmental, and economic approaches, as well as looking at key integrity-promoting concepts which embrace ideas of citizenship and equality.  These include person-centred, relation-centred, and palliative support approaches to care. 

This module intends to generate an alternative frame of reference for health professionals. It will explore what is known about the subjective experience of dementia and a global approach to addressing the care needs of people living with dementia within their own professional practice. 

Course Delivery and Assessment

The module is delivered entirely online and you will be given access to our Virtual Learning Environment to access course materials.  Students will have extended access to online materials for a short while after the course begins to allow for any consolidation. 

Delegates will be invited to join live sessions, once per fortnight, on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm.

Delegates are required to complete assessments at the end of the module to demonstrate their knowledge.  Further information about the assessment methods and deadlines will be given to students soon after teaching begins.  

This is a Masters Level module (SCQF Level 11) and upon successful completion of the module, students will be awarded 20 credits. 


Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for this course via the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The Upskilling Fund is delivered by the Scottish Funding Council and aims to address skills gaps in Scotland. To be eligible for funding, students must either reside in Scotland or work for an organisation with a business address in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application. 

To find out more about this course, or to enquire about the funding available, please email us at

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