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Practitioners with a Special Interest in Dementia Postgraduate Certificate

University of Bradford

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Bradford

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


This innovative postgraduate certificate is the first course of its kind in England. It is taught by a pioneering team of academics in the world-leading Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford who are making great developments in dementia research and care.

It is designed for practitioners from a variety of clinical backgrounds (GPs, Nurse Prescribers etc.) working in health care settings where diagnostic services and post-diagnostic support for people with dementia are, or are planned to be provided. The programme aims to support learners to develop high-level skills in assessment, diagnosis, clinical management and ongoing support for people with dementia and their carers.

It enables students to gain appropriate knowledge and skills to seek local approval to work as a Practitioner with a Special Interest (PwSI) in Dementia, where PwSI schemes are operational.

Study is through a blended learning approach, including online distance learning and two days of face-to-face teaching. Assessment of the programme includes theoretical as well as clinical competence assessment undertaken by a clinical mentor/ assessor. The programme aligns to tiers 2 and 3 of the Dementia Training Standards Framework.

Learning and assessment

Study is through a blended learning approach which includes one face-to-face day per module alongside independent study guided by a distance learning study guide and readings, on-line tutorials via a virtual learning environment, clinical workbased learning and mentor supervision.

The design of the programme permits flexible study that can be undertaken alongside working. The teaching, learning and assessment approaches chosen are designed to help you apply theory directly to your own practice and to help you to tailor work-based learning to your own specific learning needs.

Each module includes up to two components of assessment. The assignments are designed to relate directly to the clinical work-based learning you undertake. Both modules include a portfolio of clinical practice, which will include critical case examples, assessments by your clinical mentor and personal reflections on aspects of your clinical practice.

Application deadline

30 June 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 3,410per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University of Bradford

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    University of Bradford, Richmond Road, Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1DP, England

The University of Bradford is one of the most diverse, inclusive universities in the UK. It is proud of the warm welcome that international students receive.
Expert support staff are on hand to help international students from their first contact with the university, throughout their time in Bradford and beyond.
The campus is within a 10-minute walk of the city centre, with accommodation and all student facilities within the grounds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 83 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    124 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%



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