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Dementia Awareness
Dementia Awareness
Dementia Awareness

In the UK this year, one person will be diagnosed with dementia every three minutes. Currently, some 850,000 people are thought to be living with the degenerative illness, with this expected to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2051, according to the Alzheimer's Society.

There is currently no cure for dementia, and symptoms can include memory loss, confusion, finding familiar tasks challenging, mood swings and communication difficulties.

Therefore, with dementia set to affect such a large proportion of the population due to more people living for longer than ever before, it is vital that society is aware of the signs of the condition, and how to help individuals struggling with dementia.

Why take this course?

Our Dementia Awareness e-learning course is designed to improve knowledge of dementia among carers, as well as other healthcare workers who may come into contact with dementia sufferers, and the loved ones of those diagnosed with the illness.

The course provides an understanding of what dementia is, how to spot potential signs of the disease, and also covers best practice for caring for someone with the condition.

The Virtual College team worked in partnership with an experienced subject matter expert in adult care management assessment to create the content of this course.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  • Define the term ‘dementia’.
  • Discuss the prevalence of dementia in the UK population.
  • Identify signs of dementia and also explain how these signs may be associated with other conditions or circumstances.
  • List the actions that individuals can take to reduce the risk of dementia, or to delay onset.
  • Explain why early diagnosis of dementia is important.
  • List the actions that people affected by dementia can take in order to live as well as possible after diagnosis.
  • Explain the importance of recognising a person with dementia as a unique individual.
  • Describe the impact of dementia on individuals, families and society.
  • Describe ways of communicating effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia.
  • List the reasons why a person with dementia may exhibit signs of distress and explain how behaviours seen in people with dementia may be a means of communicating unmet needs.
  • Signpost individuals, families and carers to dementia advice, support and information.

Course lesson plan

The Virtual College Dementia Awareness course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Introduction.
  • Symptoms of dementia.
  • Other conditions.
  • Reducing the risk.
  • Early diagnosis.
  • Living with dementia.
  • Person-centred approach.
  • Impact of dementia.
  • Ways of communicating effectively and compassionately.
  • Signs of distress.

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your personal and professional records.

Course duration

The Virtual College Dementia Awareness course takes approximately one to two hours to complete, but this really depends on your individual learning speed. There are several downloadable PDFs in this course with additional information in to read in your own time too.

Your progress will be tracked as you go by our Learning Management System, so you can take as long as you need.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

Four easy steps to e-learning

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

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You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment three times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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