Principles of Dementia Care Level 3 Certificate – Online

Course overview

Study this course FREE, with no course fees!

This course is a fully online, self-directed, independent study course with assessor support and guidance. Students must have use of a laptop to complete this course and must be aged 19+ at the beginning of the academic year (31 August). 

This course has a flexible start date and will run until 31 July 2024

There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, with this number expected to rise to over one million by 2025. The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of caring for individuals with dementia. It allows learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of dementia and its effects.

You will gain an understanding of the types of dementia, the importance of early diagnosis and the role of communication, interaction and inclusion in dementia care and support.

To study this course FREE, with no course fees:

You must either be:
Unemployed / earning under £20,319 before tax per annum in wages (excluding benefits)
Not hold a Level 3 qualification in any subject (equivalent to 2 full A levels, an advanced technical certificate or diploma)

You must also be:
Aged 19+ on 31 August prior to starting the course
Live in England, not within a non-funded postcode region 
Have been in the EU for three years for purposes other than study (and able to provide documentation) 

Please note: This course is funded via the ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ scheme, subject to meeting the criteria. If you are not eligible for a free course through government funding, you can still gain a qualification to further your career. The course fees are £811, with an Advanced Learner Loan available if required.



By completing this Level 3 course in the Principles of Dementia Care, you can become familiarised with and develop an understanding of how to care for someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, and how to identify the early signs of dementia.

This course will cover the following:

  • Understanding dementia
  • How person-centred approaches are used to underpin the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Supporting positive interaction, occupation and activity in dementia
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care and support
  • How to support individuals with dementia to exercise choice and rights
  • The administration of medication and well-being of individuals with dementia

In taking this course you will:

  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification
  • evidence your competency to employers
  • further your personal and professional development
  • learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college

Applicants will need to have a successful assessment and be able to provide their Level 2 certificate.

If you hold international qualifications, we can assess these to see if you meet the criteria.



This qualification could help you to progress to the follow careers:

  • Care Worker
  • Social Services Manager
  • Social Care Worker

Fund your qualification with an Advanced Learner Loan with nothing to pay until you earn over £27k a year. 

If you are not eligible for a free course through government funding, you can still gain a qualification to further your career with the help of an advanced learner loan. Find out more about financial support for students aged 19+ and the Advanced Learner Loan. 

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  • Flexible start - 31 July 2024
  • 24 Weeks
    • Adult: Free
    • Concessionary: Free
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