Level 2 Award in Dementia Awareness

This Level 2 Award is part of our portfolio of funded Highfield qualifications. Highfield is registered by OfQual to award recognised qualifications under the Regulated Qualification Framework so care settings can be absolutely confident that this qualification is genuine and will be accepted by the relevant regulatory bodies and across the Health and Social Care sector and beyond. However, you don't have to take our word for it - the Government also back this course, with funding available under the Skills for Care programme - so employers will be able to claim back the cost of this course upon successful completion.

We deliver this qualification, predominantly using distance learning techniques from our base in Redditch. We are therefore ideally situated to support care settings and their carers in Birmingham, Solihull and the surrounding West Midlands should learners struggle with the disciplines of remote learning. We can arrange classroom sessions and face to face support with our helpful and knowledgeable tutors - this may well be the difference between success and dropping out. For those who don't have their own transport, our premises are conveniently situated a short walk from Redditch train station.

The objective of this qualification is to support or to prepare learners for employment in adult social care roles caring for those with dementia in England. It covers knowledge on areas such as communication methods, person-centred care and equality and diversity.

It enables individuals involved in caring for people with dementia to develop their knowledge and understanding of dementia and in particular those factors that influence interactions and communication with individuals who have dementia

This qualification is designed for

  • Adult care worker
  • Healthcare assistant/support worker
  • Health care worker just beginning their care in the health and social care sector
  • Anyone Working in an environment where you may come into contact with individuals who have dementia or are at risk of developing dementia

Course Structure
This qualification is assessed through completion of a portfolio of evidence under the guidance of a personal assessor assigned to help and support the learner. Learners will undertake individual self-study, research and evidence gathering. Learners will be requested to submit work using our e-portfolio system and/or telephone assessment appointments

Level 2 Award in Dementia Awareness

There are no exams required to achieve the qualification. All learners must be at least 16 and whilst there are no formal prerequisites for this qualification, we strongly advise that learners have the equivalent of Level 1 in literacy and numeracy or above. On completion of the course, learners will receive a printed certificate awarded by Highfield.

Duration of the course
The duration of the qualification depends on if you have had prior learning or achievements - this may reduce the needed time to prepare for the assessment. However, the estimated total qualification time is 80 hours. 72 of these hours are recommended as guided learning hours. This equates to approximately a one month timescale but is dependent on a learner being engaged in their studies, submitting high quality evidence to match the learning criteria - usually on a weekly basis.

This qualification attracts funding from government pathways. Once a learner completes the qualification, an employer is able to recover all the cost outlay plus any incidentals relating to the learning. Step Up Training and Care will assist employers with the reclaim paperwork. Turnaround for payment is approximately 10 days from submitting a claim.

Course Content
Learners must complete all units contained within the mandatory group:

Mandatory Units

  • Dementia Awareness
  • The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Understanding the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand equal, diversity and inclusion in dementia care