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Postdiagnostic Support Pathways for People With Dementia


Attendance mode

Start date(s)

4 months

Distance learning

UK and international students can apply

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a first degree with 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area.

However, if you have had any prior experience of successful study at undergraduate or postgraduate level you may apply, providing evidence such as certificates and transcripts. The programme team will make a decision based on the overall quality of your application.

You must already have a work role, or voluntary placement, which regularly brings you into contact with people who have dementia. In this module, as part of the assessment, you will write two case studies about the experiences of people with dementia in relation to post-diagnostic support. Therefore, you will need to have access to people with dementia to write these case studies.

You must also have access to a computer with an internet connection, as all teaching takes place online. You must also be prepared to spend an average of 15 hours a week on your studies.  

Learning and assessment

All learning outcomes are addressed through a combination of activities: independent completion of tasks and activities provided in the study guide, practice based work, online resources (such as selected reading, video and audio files), and online group based discussions using Canvas as the virtual learning platform. This will help you to consolidate learning and provide opportunities for discussion and peer support and interaction. Guided self-directed study is supported by a bespoke distance learning study guide and reading materials.

Each module consists of 300 hours study. You are expected to spend 261 hours in self-study. There are also eleven formative scheduled learning activities for each module; i.e. six facilitated discussion groups, three one-hour online tutorials and two formative assignments (one optional). This assists you to consolidate learning and provides opportunities for discussion, peer support and interaction. This will require 39 hours of your time. Engagement in scheduled learning activities is compulsory and attendance is monitored. Absence from any scheduled learning activity must be authorised by the module leader and plans to catch up on the missed work must be put in place. Failure to engage in scheduled learning activity can lead to withdrawal from the programme of study. Feedback is provided for activities: written/audio peer and/or tutor feedback on the six discussion groups, oral feedback during online tutorials, and written developmental tutor feedback on formative assignments.

The summative assignment consists of a portfolio containing a critical commentary of two different approaches and two case studies. This will require you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all learning outcomes.

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