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Practitioners with Advanced or Extended Roles in Dementia

Postgraduate Certificate


2024 - 2025


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Entry requirements

The University welcomes applications from all potential students and most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme.

We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing applications. It's not just about grades; we take the time to understand the applicant’s personal circumstances and make decisions based on their potential to thrive at university and beyond. Applications are welcome from mature students returning to study (aged 25 or over upon entry) or students with non-standard qualifications.

Please note: The information below relates to the contemporary recruitment cycle at time of publication and therefore may now be out of date.

Skills and qualification requirements

The standard requirements are:

  • A good first degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.
  • Current registration with a professional body.
  • Computing skills commensurate with the demands of distance learning study at postgraduate level, access to a computer with a broadband connection and ability to access the University’s online learning platform and online resources. Please note that the mobile app for the platform does not allow students to submit assignments, and so laptop or desktop access using a modern web browser such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari is essential.

Work requirements

Additionally, applicants are required:

  • To be currently working within a service that provides diagnostic and ongoing support services for people living with dementia, to ensure requirements for module assignments and practice experience can be achieved. If the service where the applicant works undertakes only assessment or only post-diagnostic support, the applicant will need access to a service or team that provides the other function also, so that they can gain relevant experience to support their learning. This needs to be organised before starting the course.
  • To be currently working in or have support from an employer to move into a role where diagnosis and ongoing support for people with dementia is involved for the duration of the programme.
  • To have the support of their employer to undertake this programme of study.
  • To locate an appropriately qualified and experienced, local Clinical Mentor/Assessor for each module who will provide clinical supervision and undertake clinical-based assessments of competence. This needs to be in place before starting the programme.

International and language requirements

This programme welcomes applicants classed as international students who can meet the other requirements for work and registration. We cannot accept overseas prescribing qualifications or registrations only with professional bodies located outside the UK. For comparing international undergraduate degrees to the UK scale, use our country-specific entry requirements information.

English language requirements

Where English is not your first language you should have an IELTS or equivalent score of 7.0 with no sub-test result less than 5.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

Study is through a blended learning approach which includes independent study guided by a distance learning study guide and readings, online tutor-led exercises and tutorials via a virtual learning environment, clinical work based 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.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally. 

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment. 

Our support services include: 

  • Disability services 
  • Counselling services 
  • MyBradford student support centres 
  • The Students’ Union 
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers 
  • An on-campus nursery 
  • Halls wardens

You will be assigned:

  • a Programme Leader, who will be able to answer any questions related to the course
  • a Personal Academic Tutor, who will offer one-to-one advice and support you in your studies and with any other issues you may have

You will receive the same level of support as our students on campus. All of the services and support we offer will be available to you.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research.  Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.