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What makes Dementia Studies at Worcester special?

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.

The content, tutors and delivery have all been first class. 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 privilege to be a part of the group.

Dementia Studies Foundation Degree Student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

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.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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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?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.



You are taught through a combination of lectures, e-lectures and seminars, all of which are interactive to encourage your learning. Lectures will focus on subject specific information and will take a variety of different formats to promote your learning. Seminars will support your understanding through tasks designed to develop your understanding.

E-lectures will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the material presented through online learning. In addition, you will have the experience of working closely with Experts by Lived Experience, a group of wonderful people living with dementia.  

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You will undertake at least 200 hours each academic year in a relevant placement setting. A mentor and a University tutor will support you during your placement, in order to complete agreed project work. This is a placement of your choice and we will support you to arrange your position independently.

Contact time

In a typical week, you will have around 7 hours contact hours of teaching.

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

9.15-11.15am; 2 hour lecture (1 hour of lecture and 1 of seminar)
11.30-13.30pm; 2 hour lecture
2.15-4.15pm; 2 hour lecture (1 hour of lecture and 1 of seminar)
4.14-5.15pm 1 hour seminar

Usually you will spend at least one day per week in your placement setting.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 15 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, as well as preparing for examinations.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment and extensive electronic learning resources, will support your independent learning. 


Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with relevant experience.

Teaching is based on research and consultancy; 80% per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.



The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, case studies, reflective portfolios and presentations.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Poster presentation
Case Study
Reflective portfolio

Year 2
Individual presentation
Case Study
Literature review or examination (elective module)
Poster Conference
Project report



You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


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.

  • Case study

    Student Success Story

    "I am the Manager of a Dementia Home in Warwickshire caring for 38 residents.

    I wouldnt have got the job had it not have been for the degree I did at Worcester and I would never have passed these without the help from my tutors!

    Also it was said that in my interview my passion for dementia could not have been hidden even if I tried. I have always had a keen interest in dementia but I believe that the staff made a huge difference to how much knowledge and passion I now have on this topic. For that I will always be grateful!

    Just wanted to again say a huge thank you for all of your help and support during my time at Worcester - I can honestly say i wouldnt have got through it without you all and you really are amazing tutors!”

    Eloise Hunt, Dementia Studies Foundation Degree Graduate


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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 the academic year 2018/19 is £9,250 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 the academic year 2018/19 is £1,156 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. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.


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 of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

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