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Nursing & Health

End of Life Care (Level 7)
University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education


Course overview

This module aims to prepare experienced healthcare practitioners to develop a sound knowledge base in the area of end-of-life care.

Through distance-learning activities the module will develop the student's ability to critically analyse and evaluate the provision of end of life within the student's own area of practice. It will encourage the student to consider how end-of-life care is delivered and how it can be further developed or enhanced.

Students accessing this module will be practitioners in health care and be involved with patients and their families in end-of-life care situations.

HEE funding for 2021/22
Please note: funding for this module may be available from your trust but this not guaranteed. If funding is not available, you will be informed.


Course details

What you study

You study a variety of topics relating to palliative and end-of-life care including:

  • Death, dying and society
  • Current policy and guidelines
  • Evidence-based end-of-life care
  • Disease trajectories
  • Recognising dying
  • Ethical decision making
  • Communication and handling difficult questions
  • Leading and influencing decision making
  • Integrated working
  • Holistic approach to symptom management
  • Supporting families
  • Care in the last days of life
  • Distance-learning study skills

This list is not exhaustive - the award considers end-of-life care from a holistic perspective.

How you learn

You learn by being involved in a variety of distance learning activities including discussion boards, recorded lectures and seminars, and interactive quizzes.

How you are assessed

Students will present a 3,000-word assignment critically evaluating the provision of an aspect of end-of-life care in the student's own area of practice.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be working in an area with patients who have palliative and end-of-life care needs.



Career opportunities

This award increases your understanding and knowledge in palliative and end-of-life care.



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Start date: April
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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