What Everyone Needs to Know about Dementia: a Course Designed and Delivered with People with Dementia

Improve your understanding of dementia and how to better support people with dementia in your workplace or community.

Key facts

  • Module codeDEMPGS1
  • Start date 12 Jun 2024
  • Duration12 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 11
  • Fees £883
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


A wide range of organisations, services and businesses routinely come into contact with people living with dementia but may not know how to provide effective activities or services for them. This innovative course, designed and delivered by and with people with dementia, will give you unique insights about how to work with people with dementia as partners where you live or work.  The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand what dementia is and talk with confidence about the condition and its impact for people with dementia.
  • Provide a supportive and appropriate response to people with dementia in your workplace or community.
  • Suggest appropriate adaptations to make where you work or live more dementia inclusive.
  • Learn how to involve and work with people with dementia as partners when providing them with activities or service.

Our course is designed to appeal to anyone who comes into contact with people with dementia where they work and/or live, or who is interested in improving the lives of people with dementia.  This might include people working in a variety of community settings such as shops, post offices, supermarkets or banks, charities and community groups, or public services such as public transport providers, leisure organisations, libraries, museums or galleries.

Flexible learning

This short course forms part of the MSc Dementia Studies (Online).

Entrance requirements

You can apply for a fully funded place on our upskilling courses if:

  • You have lived in Scotland for the last three years for reasons other than education; or
  • You are living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and working for a UK employer that works in partnership with the University of Stirling and is headquartered or operates in Scotland; or
  • You are a member of staff at the University of Stirling.

Self-funded applicants with a minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent are also welcome to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.


This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Talk with confidence about what dementia is and the impact it has for people with dementia.
  • Learn how to involve and work with people with dementia when providing activities or service for them where you work or live.
  • Provide a supportive and appropriate response to people with dementia in their workplace or community.
  • Suggest appropriate adaptations to their workplace or community to make it more dementia inclusive.

Structure and content

The course covers six key topics:

  • Understanding dementia.
  • The impact of dementia on us and our everyday lives.
  • What helps us to live as well as we can with dementia.
  • Making your community/organisation more dementia inclusive.
  • How to engage with people with dementia where you work or live.
  • Putting your learning into practice - Developing an action plan for your organisation.

Delivery and assessment

The course is delivered online via a series of live and pre-recorded videos, real world examples of dementia inclusive activities, and interactive activities such as discussion boards, where students will interact directly with people living with dementia. The programme is delivered via our online virtual learning environment, containing a range of video, audio and written learning materials. There is a final summative assignment that carries 100% of the grade for the module.

Module coordinator


The course is full of real life examples and evidence providing students with skills and knowledge applicable in their workplace. The knowledge gained in this module will help you to support people with dementia who you may interact within your activities or services in the places you work and live. You will also learn how to directly work with people with dementia to improve your activities or services.

What next?

Contact us

If you have any questions about entry requirements for our continuing professional development and short courses, contact our Admissions team.

For all other questions, please use our enquiry form.