Course Description

Dementia Care & Awareness

The Open College

This new and unique Open College designed Dementia Care & Awareness course will look at how dementia is now both a national and global concern and why there is a need to develop awareness and understanding of the facts pertaining to dementia. This course will explore the neurology of dementia, the various forms of dementia and best practice in dementia care.

Prepared and written by our expert Healthcare tutors to link closely with our QQI Healthcare Support programmes, the course will examine how practice care can be improved, exploring current research evidence that emphasises the importance of putting the needs of people with dementia at the centre of care. The course will further address attitudes and stigma around dementia and some of the difficult issues that arise for people with dementia and their family carers during the dementia journey of care.

On completion of the course it is hoped the learner will have developed upon their existing skills and knowledge base, in order to provide competent care to a person with dementia which promotes the principles of person-centeredness.



  1. To assist the learner to gain knowledge of the neurology of dementia and sub types.
  2. To support the learner in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the needs of people with dementia and promote quality care.
  3. To assist the learner to develop greater awareness of person-centred care, best practices and importance of effective communication skills in dementia care
  4. To enable the learner to gain knowledge of the concepts of equality, rights, diversity and inclusion, which are fundamental to person centred approach.
  5. To facilitate the learner to recognise the important role of family/carers in the area of dementia care
  6. To develop learners knowledge and skills in meeting specific care needs, non-pharmacology approaches to care and caring for a person with dementia at end of life

Who should study this course?

  • This course is suitable for all healthcare staff who are currently working in the area of dementia.
  • People studying existing QQI Healthcare Courses.
  • Those working in care of the older person care settings, whether residential, community or acute care.
  • Or those who wish to gain additional certification to work in the area of dementia care.

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code Dem1
College Name The Open College
Course Category Health Care, Healthcare
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification CPD
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 189
Course Duration 8 Weeks
Course Times This Dementia Care & Awareness course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Title of Awarding Dementia Care & Awareness from The Open College
Entry Requirements Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector (6-8 hours per or 30 hours in total) throughout their course or have previous experience of working within Healthcare/Community Care, as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative. If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
Career Path Those working in care of the older person care settings, whether residential, community or acute care. Or those who wish to gain additional certification to work in the area of dementia care.
For information about The Open College, please visit our college page on by clicking here.

Course Provider

The Open College

Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

Make Enquiry

Please insert your contact details and any additional information you require and we will forward your request to The Open College.
Captcha code        I confirm I have read the Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions & Cookie Information and agree to join the community.


The Open College
Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,
Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin
Visit Website