The Psychology of Dementia Care (PG Cert) 2018 entry

The Postgraduate Certificate in The Psychology of Dementia Care focuses on the practical application of psychological theory in dementia care and is intended for professional care staff and management who provide services to people with dementia.

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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Course dates

The following course dates are for those planning to complete the PG Cert in a year.  

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 The Psychology of Dementia Care – Distance Learning page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

Minimum one year part time; maximum two years part time

Entry requirements

The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline.
  • Accredited Prior Learning: a professional qualification in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or similar.

Experiential Prior Learning: substantial relevant work experience in a related discipline and at least three year's practical experience in the field.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

£2,160 (or £720 per module)

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • personal statement (500 words) - only applicable if applying for SFC funding
  • sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • English language requirements certificate.

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The PG Cert in The Psychology of Dementia Care is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience with start dates in January and September. The programme will provide students with the theoretical background to the psychology of dementia care.

Highlights

  • The structure of the programme is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to take one, two or all three of the modules, which you may pay for one at a time. (The Postgraduate Certificate requires the completion of all three.)
  • Students are encouraged to question current practice and to apply psychological theory to their own working situation.
  • The distance learning format allows students to attain the Postgraduate Certificate remotely and at their own pace.

Teaching format

The course is delivered online via Moodle, the University's online teaching and learning system. Students will engage with independent study in a supportive online framework and have access to lecture slides, case studies, journal articles, videos and a student forum to facilitate your studies. The programme coordinator will be available for contact throughout the course.

The programme comprises three modules; students may take these modules individually but must complete all three to achieve the certification. The modules are assessed through coursework submitted online; there is no final exam for the course.

University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

Each module typically comprises:

  • 200 notional hours of learning time delivered by distance learning
  • 100% coursework assessment.

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Compulsory modules

  • The Psychosocial Impact of Dementia: an introduction to the psychosocial impact of dementia on individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them.
  • The Care of Individuals with Dementia: introduces several psychological models of dementia care and explores the psychological needs of individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Implementing Effective Care: provides a theoretical and evidence-based background to equip students with strategies that will allow them to plan, change, measure and maintain effective practice in their workplaces.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2018 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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Postgraduates

Upcoming visiting days:

Conferences and events

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience hosts a weekly seminar programme at 3.30pm on Fridays in the Old Library of the Psychology Building. These seminars include public lectures, open school discussions and papers presented by a variety of guest lecturers from the UK and abroad. Following the seminar, a wine reception is held in the staff common room.

The School also hosts an annual Jeeves Lecture as part of its seminar programme. The lectures are given by eminent psychologists and neuroscientists. Staff, students and members of the public are welcome at this lecture.

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the PG Cert

Further study

The School of Psychology offers two other online distance learning courses: Adults with Learning Disabilities (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) and Adult Support, Protection and Safeguarding (PGCert).

Some of our graduates go on to pursue further education through taught postgraduate courses in Psychology or a PhD research degree.

PhD in Psychology

Careers

Graduates from the distance learning programme entered or continued their work in a variety of occupations, including:

  • clinical services development manager
  • community care officer
  • deputy nurse manager
  • occupational therapist
  • podiatrist
  • speech and language therapist
  • senior social worker

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Contact information

School of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of St Andrews
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9JU

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2399
Email: pgsecpsych@st-andrews.ac.uk

Psychology and Neuroscience website

Policies

Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).