Post graduate certificate in dementia studies (Stirling University)

Who is it for?

Staff working within community care settings within localities and units who have the requisite qualifications for their post and two years post qualifying experience.


Course content overview

This course forms part of the MSc delivered by the university.  The Post Graduate Certificate comprises three modules each levelled at having 20 credits at SCQF level 11.  The course also aligns with the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy 2010, particularly the Promoting Excellence Framework Enhanced/Expertise Level.

The course modules are:

  1. Critical and Creative Approaches to Dementia
  2. Dementia and the Environment
  3. Critical and Reflective Thinking in Dementia Studies

Each module commences with an introductory session with the programmes being taught via web-based/distance learning.  Modules are assessed through coursework, assignments, essays, projects/reports.  Each module will comprise of approximately 200 hours of study.  Further information can be found at the Dementia Services web site at Stirling University.


Learning Pathway

This course meets one of the entry requirements for the Senior Practitioner Scheme.  Pending the availability of resources, progression to the Post Graduate Diploma in Dementia Studies. On successful completion of this course staff may be asked to undertake some pieces of work either around the development of practice or services


What you need to do before attending?

Course entry requirements: 

  • Degree, DipSW or equivalent (at the discretion of the university) and or Improving Dementia Care undergraduate course – Stirling University
  • Staff should be able to evidence Dementia training/learning undertake at Informed and Skilled/Enhanced Levels of the Promoting Excellence Framework
  • Staff will be required to sign a personal bond


How long does this course last?

This is a one year course, consisting of 3 modules. Each module will comprise of approximately 200 hours of study.


Who will provide this training?

Stirling University