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The Psychology of Dementia Care - Distance learning (PG Cert)

Course Description

Course information

Course highlights

- The structure of the programme is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to take one, two or all three of the modules, which you may pay for one at a time. (The Postgraduate Certificate requires the completion of all three.)

- Students are encouraged to question current practice and to apply psychological theory to their own working situation.

- The distance learning format allows students to attain the Postgraduate Certificate remotely and at their own pace.

Teaching format

The PG Cert in The Psychology of Dementia Care is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience with start dates in January and September. The programme will provide students with the theoretical background to the psychology of dementia care.

The course is delivered online via Moodle, the University's online teaching and learning system. Students will engage with independent study in a supportive online framework and have access to lecture slides, case studies, journal articles, videos and a student forum to facilitate your studies. The programme coordinator will be available for contact throughout the course.

The programme comprises three modules; students may take these modules individually but must complete all three to achieve the Certification. The modules are assessed through coursework submitted online; there is no final exam for the course.

University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.


Each module typically comprises:

- 200 notional hours of learning time delivered by distance learning
- 100% coursework assessment.

Compulsory Modules

- The Psychosocial Impact of Dementia: an introduction to the psychosocial impact of dementia on individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them.
- The Care of Individuals with Dementia: introduces several psychological models of dementia care and explores the psychological needs of individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
- Implementing Effective Care: provides a theoretical and evidence-based background to equip students with strategies that will allow them to plan, change, measure and maintain effective practice in their workplaces.

The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.

Visit the The Psychology of Dementia Care - Distance learning (PG Cert) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:- - A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline.- Accredited Prior Learning: a professional qualification in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or similar.- Experiential Prior Learning: substantial relevant work experience in a related discipline and at least three year's practical experience in the field.If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

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