Huntington’s disease: an enabling approach to supporting families

Key facts

  • Module codeDEMU9D5
  • Start date 13 September 2021
  • DurationOne-day online introductory session followed by 14 weeks of online learning
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF level 10, 20 credits
  • Fees £675
  • Study mode Online, Part-time


This online undergraduate course is delivered in collaboration with the Scottish Huntington's Association (SHA).

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Our course is the first of its kind in Scotland and is for all health and social care professionals working with families who are living with Huntington’s disease. The course will give you a superb opportunity to develop your understanding of this complex condition and its impact on the people and families who live with it, while enhancing your skills, knowledge and capacity to provide support.

By the end of the course you'll be able to provide better treatment, care and support to people affected by Huntington’s disease, and other forms of younger onset dementia. You'll draw on current research and practice in the field, including evidence and information from across the UK and other parts of the world.

Entrance requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements.


By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the aetiology of Huntington's disease and the range of symptoms experienced
  • show a greater understanding of the genetic component of the condition and how this impacts on those effected by Huntington's disease and those who support them
  • demonstrate awareness of the importance of individual life stories and be able to use this to develop supportive strategies for people affected by Huntington's disease
  • recognise the diversity of experiences of living with Huntington's disease and how individuals and families adapt and live with the condition
  • evaluate current approaches, interventions and services for the treatment, care and support of people effected by Huntington's disease and identify best practice
  • develop knowledge and skills to anticipate the evolving needs of people with Huntington's disease and their family, and be able to identify and evaluate available approaches designed for future planning

Structure and content

This short course provides an in-depth understanding of Huntington's disease and the impact it has on individuals and families, considering the physical, psychological, emotional and social changes that it can bring. Our course looks at the person with Huntington's as central to this discussion, but also emphasises the importance of considering the whole family as people affected by the disease.

Delivery and assessment

A single online learning course, worth 20 credits at SCQF level 10/QCF level 6. Your 15 weeks learning online is supported by staff from the University of Stirling and the Scottish Huntington’s Association. The course is assessed through a single written report.

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How to apply

Please complete the application form and return it to our Admissions Office by email to

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