Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) Dementia Studies

With an ageing population the UK faces a potential increase in the number of people being diagnosed with Dementia. The term Dementia relates to a group of illnesses which affect the brain. Currently around 750,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the condition every year and there is a growing need to provide training to carers.

Our Dementia Studies course will develop and expand your knowledge and skills for practice through a programme of continuous education. It has been carefully designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals who work with people who have Dementia in a care environment, including a care home or a person’s own home. The Dementia Studies course is also suitable for people who work with a charity or voluntary organisation, and those with an personal or academic interest in Dementia.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

You must complete 120 credits over two years, typically 60 credits per year of study, therefore the annual fee is £1800 GBP.

It is possible to complete the course via an on-line approach if attending the university is problematic, as the workbooks are electronic.


Year One
  • Fundamentals of Dementia Care and Professional Practice (40 credits)
  • An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (20 credits)
Year Two
  • Communication and Dementia (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Dementia Care (20 credits)
  • Train the Trainer (20 credits)


You will be taught through a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, discussions, group presentations, and workshops within the computer laboratories. The Clinical Simulation Centre and the Hydra Suite will be used to undertake various scenarios such as decision making, communication skills with service users and management processes. Online technology will also be used to provide support throughout your studies.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, reports, presentations, reflective practice, application to practice, reflecting on feedback given by academic supervisors and the practice portfolio. Assessments can be carried out at the University, your workplace or virtually, via Skype.

160 UCAS Tariff Points plus 5 GCSE grades C or above which must include Mathematics and Welsh or English or relevant Foundation Year (Health or Science) or other equivalent CQFW Level 3 Qualification.

Applicants also need to demonstrate evidence of previous or current experience of paid or unpaid work with people who have dementia.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

This Dementia Studies course can be utilised to provide specialist knowledge to support the provision of dementia care and also enhance professional qualifications.

“Pobl / Gwalia managers who studied the Certificate in Higher Education in Dementia Studies have directly applied their learning to enrich the services that we provide for people who use our services with Dementia,” said Angela, Griffiths Head of Learning and Development at Pobly / Gwalia. “From the development of a Dementia Garden in one of our Homes, to enhancing our Home Care provision; the course has helped our managers to augment their skills, knowledge and confidence in the field of Dementia, benefiting them personally and professionally, as well as Pobl / Gwalia as an organisation.”

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.