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Practitioners with Advanced or Extended Roles in Dementia

Postgraduate Certificate


2023 - 2024


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Entry requirements

  • A good first degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area
  • Current registration with a professional body
  • To be currently working within a service that provides assessment, diagnosis and ongoing support for people with dementia
  • Support from your employer to undertake this programme of study
  • Have an appropriate clinical mentor for the duration of the course
  • Access to a computer with a broadband connection, and the ability to download software to this and to access online resources including social networking sites
  • Have computing skills commensurate with the demands of the programme

Clinical mentor

In order to complete the course you will need to arrange a clinical mentor who will work with you for the duration of the course.

Your mentor will be responsible for assessing your ability to demonstrate the clinical competencies required to complete the modules.

The clinical mentor will be an experienced dementia specialist, for example: a psychiatrist, neurologist, clinical psychologist, GP with a special interest in dementia, or nurse consultant, who is involved in dementia assessment, diagnosis and post-diagnostic care planning.

You will need to have arranged a mentor prior to starting the course.

You are expected to hold three planning/review meetings with your mentor and arrange three observation sessions during each module. Contact time with your mentor is approximately 10 hours for each module. You may also arrange for other joint activities between these meetings. 

Your mentor is there for you to:

  • discuss your learning needs
  • support you around demonstrating the competencies in the module
  • support you in thinking through clinical issues

If you are finding it hard to contact a mentor, please get in touch with the programme team who may be able to offer some suggestions for establishing contact.

English language requirements

Where English is not your first language you should have an IELTS or equivalent score of 6.5 with no element less than 5.5.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, 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.