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Dementia for Practitioners with a Special Interest

PG Certificate
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies
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The PG Certificate in Dementia Studies for Practitioners with a Special Interest is a one year part-time distance learning programme.

It equips learners with the knowledge and skills to undertake person-centred assessment, diagnostic, prescribing and ongoing support/management duties for people with dementia, commensurate with their role and in accordance with current best practice guidelines.

This innovative postgraduate certificate is the first course of its kind in England.

This course is intended for UK and international students who are practitioners from a variety of clinical backgrounds (GPs, Nurse Prescribers etc), working in health care settings where diagnostic services and ongoing support for people with dementia are, or are planned to be provided.

Why Bradford?

The course was developed by the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford, following a request by East Sussex Joint Commissioning Group who have implemented a revised dementia assessment and diagnostic service across East Sussex.  These services are now commissioned to be provided largely in primary care through GP practices, with referrals of more complex cases passed onto secondary care. The aim of the service is to increase diagnostic rates, raise acceptability of attending for assessment among older people who may have dementia and reduce waiting times for assessment and diagnosis.

Our distance-learning educational courses in Dementia are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to equip students with the skills to implement service delivery improvements.

Our focus is on developing person-centred dementia care in practice, to drive real world change. The programmes are designed for practitioners working in all areas and roles within health and social care, through offering choice in assignment topics meaning work can be tailored to each student's individual interests and role.

As our courses use distance and online learning methods, we enable practitioners and professionals to develop their knowledge in a flexible manner which supports study alongside work and family commitments.

We use the latest in e-learning technology to support students to be in regular contact with tutors and peers to facilitate communities of learning.

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2002, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research.  Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.


Entry requirements

You should have at least one of the following:

  • A first degree with a classification of 2.2 or above in a relevant subject area.
  • Evidence of previous successful study at postgraduate level, i.e. a pass mark of 40% in at least 20 credits at FHEQ Level 7.
  • Evidence of previous successful study at FHEQ Level 6, i.e. a mark of at least 48% in at least 20 credits at Level 6.
  • Evidence of previous study at FHEQ Level 5 (i.e. DipHE, Foundation Degree, NVQ), plus a minimum of at least two years' experience working in a dementia care or dementia service field prior to application. Evidence of advanced standing will be on the basis of a portfolio, for which you will need to achieve a mark of at least 60% at FHEQ Level 6.

You should be working within a service that provides or intends to provide assessment and diagnostic services and / or ongoing support.

English language requirements:

Students for whom English is not a first language must either have studied previously at Bachelor's degree level or above in English, or have IELTS 6.5 with no sub-tests less than 5.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia

Year 1, Semester 1

This module aims to enable professionals to develop skills in assessment and diagnosis of dementia. Having completed the module you will be able to differentiate between the signs and symptoms of the most common types of dementia, appraise the interplay between dementia, depression and delirium and show an advanced critical appreciation of the principles of screening, assessment and diagnosis in the context of a person-centred approach.

Psychosocial and Pharmaceutical Support for People with Dementia

Year 1, Semester 2

This module will develop your skills concerning approaches to providing ongoing support for people living with dementia and their families, including appropriate psychosocial/non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments. You will critically appraise and synthesise evidence concerning the needs of people with dementia and how these can be met through self-management and post-diagnostic support.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £3,340

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of applications for this course. If you are having problems with your application, please contact 01274 236593.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.