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What makes Dementia Studies at Worcester special?

This course isn’t running in September 2017. But you may be interested our other Institute of Health and Society courses.

Supporting people to live well with dementia can be challenging but also hugely rewarding and varied. We offer the opportunity to study a Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies. This enables students to enhance their skills, knowledge and value base, their professional development and employability in this area.

The Foundation Degree will appeal to people delivering care within hospitals, the community and domiciliary settings, day care, residential care (including nursing homes), and those employed in support, advocacy and advice provision. It will also be attractive to leaders and managers in these fields, actual or aspiring.

Key features

  • The unique opportunity to enhance your understanding of dementia and the context of dementia, and also to focus upon topics of specific interest.
  • The chance to develop your knowledge, and skills, and understanding of your approach to enabling people to live well with dementia, within a supportive and stimulating learning environment.
  • The opportunity to learn from people with dementia and from family carers in class, and to be supported by them in your learning across the duration of your studies on the Foundation Degree.
  • The chance to hear about the newest research and learning in dementia from colleagues in the Association for Dementia Studies.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

We are seeking students who are passionate about enabling people to live well with Dementia, and who are motivated to enhance their knowledge and skills. The UCAS Tariff for entry is 32 UCAS points at Level 3/ A Level. However, the experienced Foundation Degree Team specialise in supporting students who enter the course lacking confidence in their academic ability but with the desire to enhance their practice. Thus, we are keen to hear from you if your earlier experience of formal education has not been positive, but you can evidence the potential and desire to address this. 

Applications must be made via the UCAS system where the Foundation Degree is listed under code 71L9. 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Understanding Experiences of Dementia
  • Dementia: Legislation, Policy and Best Practice
  • Effective Communication and Ethical Practice
  • Dementia: Personal and Professional development in the Workplace.

Year 2

  • Enabling People to live well with dementia
  • Reviewing Academic Literature in dementia
  • Applied Human Biology and Managing Health Conditions
  • Applied Research
  • Teamwork & Empowerment
  • Dementia: Individual Project in the Workplace.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

 “…the content, tutors, and delivery have all been first class. The group is diverse and… we share experiences and learn from each other. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone looking to gain an understanding of or improve their knowledge of living with dementia. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of the group"

Student on the Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies.

The Foundation Degree runs over 2 academic years, at the University of Worcester.  Teaching is on a Tuesday (all day) in your first year, and all day on a Thursday in your second year. You will learn in both large and small group settings, sometimes alongside students from related disciplines. 

The course places value on applying learning to practice. Every student completes a work based placement of 200 hours in both years of study. This equates to one day on your work based placement from approximately November to May. Many students have employment suitable to count as their work-based placement. The University can assist you find your placement and will support you whilst on placement.

Assessment methods are varied and include the completion of essays, posters and presentations. There is one examination (included within an optional Module). Regular updates may mean that exact assessment methods differ.





Where could it take you?

In addition to providing you with new knowledge about living well with dementia, you will be encouraged and supported to develop your ability to analyse, and to make good decisions. You will be assisted to enhance your written and verbal communication skills, and to improve your ability to work well within teams. These are attributes employers value and will contribute to strengthening your professional development.   

Students graduating with Foundation Degrees are employed in more senior roles within their own organisations. They are also able to apply for positions in other areas and related disciplines that are more senior and carry enhanced responsibility.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 is £6,890 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in 2017 is £903 per 15 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course lead

Dawn Goodall
01905 542363