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OCNLR Qualification No: 600/9551/9


The Level 3‘Award in Awareness of Dementia’ OCNLR has been developed in partnership with Skills for Care. The qualification forms part of a suite of qualifications in dementia care that have been designed to support government strategies to increase knowledge, understanding and skills in caring for people living with dementia.

The qualifications support the changing needs within the sector and are part of the Workforce Development Plan established through the National Dementia Strategy Project (England) 2009and the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge 2015.Development of dementia awareness and understanding amongst the frontline health and care workforce will enhance the quality of services provided to people living with dementia and their families.

The programme is suitable for all those who are working with people living with dementia, for example as a dementia carer, care worker, healthcare assistant, support/key worker and many other roles.   




"The course was very good, very in-depth and informative. Overall I enjoyed the course and I learnt a lot."

The programme is delivered online and consists of the following four units:

'Understand the Process and Experience of Dementia’

(Ofqual Unit Ref No: L/617/5011)

Learning Outcomes:

•Understand the neurology of dementia.

•Understand factors that can cause changes in an individual’s condition that may not be attributable to dementia.

•Understand the impact of recognition and diagnosis of dementia.

•Understand how dementia care must be underpinned by a person centred-approach.

‘Understand the Diversity of Individuals with Dementia’

(Ofqual Unit Ref No: J/617/5010)

Learning Outcomes:

•Understand the concept of diversity and its relevance to working with individuals who have dementia.

•Understand that each individual’s experience of dementia is unique.

•Understand the importance of a rights-based approach to dementia.

‘Understand the Administration of Medication to Individuals with Dementia’

(Ofqual Unit Ref No: R/617/5009)

Learning Outcomes:

•Understand the common medications available to, and appropriate for, individuals with dementia.

•Understand how to provide person-centred care to individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medication.

‘Communication and Interaction with Individuals who have Dementia’

(Ofqual Unit Ref No: L/617/5008)

Learning Outcomes:

•Understand that individuals with dementia may communicate in different ways.

•Understand the importance of positive interactions with individuals with dementia.

•Understand the factors which can adversely affect interactions and communication of individuals with dementia.

Each unit will be taught via two webinars, so there will be 8 webinars in total. All webinars will start at 9.30am and finish at 12.00pm. There are two sets of dates available for each unit. You can pick and choose from the dates below, however, it is recommended to attend consecutive webinars (part 1 and 2 together) for each unit.


Webinars for the next programme to be delivered will take place on the following dates:

Unit L/617/5011 – ‘Understand the Process and Experience of Dementia’

6th July 2023 – Part 1

13th July 2023 – Part 2


Unit J/617/5010 – ‘Understand the Diversity of Individuals with Dementia’

14th September 2023 – Part 1

21st September 2023 – Part

Unit R/617/5009 - ‘Understand the Administration of Medication to Individuals with Dementia’

2nd November 2023 – Part 1

9th November 2023 – Part 2

Unit L/617/5008 - ‘Communication and Interaction with Individuals who have Dementia’

11th May 2023 – Part 1

18th May 2023 – Part 2

11th January 2024 – Part 1

18th January 2024 – Part 2


These four mandatory units make up the Level 3‘Award in Awareness of Dementia’ OCNLR.On successful completion of the programme, eleven (11) credits will be awarded by the accrediting body,the Open College Network London Region (OCNLR). The learner fee is £475.00. Delegates can apply to undertake the qualification by emailing

Further Information

If you have any questions about the course or would like to talk to someone about whether or not it is suitable for your development needs, please call Barbara Stephens on 07774 935905 or email:


The Awards at Level 2 and 3, can be commissioned by an organisation for delivery in-house to all staff working with people living with dementia.

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