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Awareness of Dementia - Level 2


This qualification aims to develop the knowledge and skills required when providing positive care for people with dementia and their families. The Level 2 Award provides an awareness of the causes and symptoms of dementia. It is suitable for anyone who wants to work in social care either in public or private care environments. It is also suitable for qualified practitioners who have not covered dementia care in previous qualifications.

This 6 week course is one of a suite of short 6 week CPD courses available over the academic year. Others available include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding
  • Level 2 Award in Helping Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Prevention and Control of Infection
  • Level 2 Award in Nutrition and Health

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
03 Mar 2025
Community Based
5 Weeks

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

This Level 2 qualification in the Awareness of Dementia provides a valuable CPD opportunity for those already working in the health and social care sector to further extend knowledge gained from the Care Certificate or core health and social care qualifications.

It can also be used to enhance the CV and provide background knowledge for those looking to gain employment in the health and social care sector.

It can also be used to aid preparation for higher level study in the health and social care sector by providing specialist knowledge.

Key information

Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience is required for this programme but you must be over 19 before the course start date.

Qualification obtained

Award in Awareness of Dementia

Fees and funding

Some courses are fully funded for adult learners and, for those that aren’t, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

You may also be eligible for financial support which can include help with childcare. To check if you’re eligible and to apply for financial help, please visit our tuition fee guide for adult learners.

Extra costs and equipment

For completion of the assessment tasks, it is recommended that you either have access to devices at home such as a laptop or that you are able to attend college at additional times to access the IT facilities available.

All other equipment/resources you require for this course are provided by B&FC at no extra cost.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: NCFE

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

This is a knowledge-only qualification; there are no work placements required and no field trips planned as part of this qualification.

How will I learn?

The course is delivered over 6 weeks from the course start date through once weekly 4 hour classroom based sessions with a specialist course tutor. The tutor will also be available for weekly support and will guide you from the beginning to the completion of your qualification.

Within these sessions there will be tutor delivery, question and answer, discussion, group work tasks and individual tasks. It is expected that you will complete a minimum of 4 hours independent study, each week, outside of the class to complete the assessment tasks which take the form of electronic workbooks. You will also have access to a Virtual Learning Platform which will provide you with additional resources to support completion of the qualification.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

This course consists of the following 4 units:

  • Dementia awareness
  • The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care

There are no exams or graded assessments in this qualification.

For each unit, assessment will be made following the completion of a workbook in which you will demonstrate your knowledge through written responses. Throughout the course you will receive regular feedback on the work that you submit which will contain guidance as to how to further improve and to support you to ensure that all criteria are passed.