Caring for People with Dementia: The Fundamentals

Learn about early symptoms and warning signs, along with the early, middle and late stages of the condition.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course comprises three easy-to-follow units: an introduction and two study units. Unit 2 deals with Dementia Awareness, whilst unit 3 covers the person-centred approach to the care and support of an individual with dementia. Topics covered include the early symptoms and warning signs, along with the early, middle and late stages of the condition.

What you will experience

Unit 1: Provides learners with a detailed introduction to the course.

Unit 2: Enables learners to understand what dementia is, to recognise its symptoms and effects and some of the possible causes. In this Unit learners look at examples of risk factors and find out about the prevalence of different types of Dementia. The Unit goes on to describe the medical and social models of Dementia in terms of care needs and provides learners with guidance as to which approach to take in a supporting role. Learners go on to find out about how individuals with Dementia experience the condition depending on their age, the type of Dementia they have and their abilities/disabilities. The Unit concludes by enabling learners to identify how other people’s attitudes can affect how a person copes with the condition and feels about themselves.

Unit 3: Provides learners with the knowledge and understanding required to enable individuals with Dementia to live comfortable, happy and fulfilling lives. The Unit explores the reasons for and benefits of a person-centred approach to Dementia care and how to apply it to meet the needs and preferences of the people with Dementia. Learners also explore the importance of effective teamwork in the care and support process.

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Key facts

Mode of study
This is a self study course, meaning you can study at a place or time convenient to you. You will not have any classes to attend.
Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Self Study course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor. Your tutor will contact you (via your College email account) within 7-10 working days of receiving your welcome letter and materials.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by e-mail but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. Please note that you must be able to study independently through the course materials.

This course can be accessed through Blackboard which is North East Scotland College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Through Blackboard you will be able to access your learning materials, information and communicate with other students. A short guide to Blackboard has been provided for your use.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the IT Centre. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Please note that it is a requirement that all email communication between staff and students is made using College email accounts. This ensures that the College complies with Data Protection legislation and that information is accessed only by authorised users.

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Fees Code
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Information & Booking Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.

For distance learning courses, the course fees for non-Scottish residents may differ from that advertised on the website and in the course guide. Therefore, all course fees should be confirmed with the College at the time of booking.