Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Course Content
The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
In this first unit the student will learn the many presenting features of dementia. These include both anatomical and physiological changes; that lead to the diagnosis of the common types of the condition.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 2: Understanding Dementia
The unit provides an introductory overview of the common types and features that are signs of dementia. Discussion considers the impact on family, carers and the sufferer. Students will gain a clear understanding of this terminal disease and the many ways care and support are delivered.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 3: Specialist Unit: Understanding Alzheimer’s
The unit provide a comprehensive study of Alzheimer’s; its diagnosis; the three core stages; treatments; care and impact as a terminal illness.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 4: The Role of the Care Worker
This unit helps students understand the role of carer; how working with dementia sufferers is a specialist role; how carers need to carefully plan care; be part of a partnering team and be empathetic towards the needs of the sufferer and also be mindful of the wider needs of the partner/family.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 5: Good Practice
Good practice is a theme that will engage all aspects of a care role; more so in cases of terminal illness. The student will learn the importance of ‘good care’ provision; planning; protection of vulnerable adults (POVA); the legal and regulatory authorities and their roles.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 6: Interpretation and Communication
Good communication skills are a necessity in all care settings; but, in a dementia care where cognitive and physical abilities, become reduced as the disease progresses is a much greater feature. The student will learn some of the communication techniques that should be used/in place in dementia care.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 7: Practical Help
The crucial aspect of any care is the practical help that a carer provides. In dementia care this can range from: recreational reminiscence sessions; personal care; medication care and much more. The unit allows the student to consider and understand some of the fundamental care practices that are used in caring for dementia sufferers.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 8: Managing Challenging Behaviour
The unit explores how as the dementia progresses some suffers exhibit behavioural changes for example: failing mobility; incontinence; hearing/sight issues; aggressive outbursts and many other traits as cognition and physicality fail. Students will learn the importance of recognition; risk assessment; crisis intervention and coping strategies.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 9: Palliative Care
This unit explores the important good ‘end of life’ care. The student will learn about: palliative care; specialist settings; palliative care professionals; preparation of family; dignity in dying and preparative after care.
Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma Unit 10: Medication and Treatment
In this final unit we bring together the learning from the preceding units. In doing so, we consider the various models for treatment. Although the condition of dementia is terminal; sufferers are prescribed medication and other treatments. These are reviewed on a case by case basis – there is not ‘one fits all’ model. The student will learn about existing medication and treatments. The final aspect of the unit will be a review of the learning materials with appropriate conclusions.
This Accredited Level 3 Dementia Care Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.