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Dementia Care, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Dementia Care programme offered by The Open University UK addresses the pressing need to develop skills in understanding and caring for people with dementia. 


The rising number of people with dementia and the issue of how care is delivered make this online module of interest to anyone involved with dementia care. The Dementia Care programme offered by The Open University UK will help you to study the impact of this increase; the importance of understanding diversity; current thinking about possible causes and cures; how care is delivered in a residential setting and what it means to improve the management of care. 

You will also consider ethical dilemmas raised by caring for people with dementia including end-of-life decisions and issues around capacity. Real accounts from people affected by dementia, their family members and carers, enrich this highly interactive module.

This module addresses the following key themes:

  • the extent to which dementia has become a medical problem and attitudes to people with dementia
  • the meaning of identity and personhood and how this impacts on the sense of loss associated with dementia
  • the way in which cultures of care frame the experience of living with dementia
  • the social, practical, clinical and ethical dimensions of decision-making about dementia care.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support

Programme Structure

The module is divided into three blocks:

  • Context of care – you will study the meaning of dementia and its impact at a personal level and the profile of the population of people with dementia. This includes the physical changes that take place in the brain; how different types of dementia produce different symptoms; and any interventions that are available for people with dementia.
  • Managing care – you will use key ideas of ‘cultures of care’ to analyse what is happening in a series of filmed programmes in which businessman Sir Gerry Robinson asks how the care home industry can be ‘fixed’.
  • Making dementia care decisions – defines and applies the principles of what it means to be a person and how the choices that people with dementia can make are compromised. The block also considers who has the right to make choices for other people if their capacity is compromised and what this means at the end of life.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module. Although you don’t need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, you do need the study skills to study at this level, obtained either through OU level 1 study, or by doing equivalent work at another university.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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