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End-of-Life Care (Level 6) University Certificate in Professional Development

In alignment with palliative/end of life care philosophy, this module aims to prepare healthcare professionals with principles and practical skills of holistic assessment, planning and implementation of palliative and transition through end of life care, for patients and their families facing the last phase of life.


14 weeks

100% online


Course overview

This will include integrated approaches, planning for future care, dealing with uncertainty in the situation of someone who is ‘ill enough to die’, recognising and providing care for the dying in line with the Priorities for Care of the Dying (2014), the NICE Guidance for Care of the Dying Adult (2015 & 2017 update) and respecting patient choices when dying has been recognised.

The module runs for 14 weeks with a half day blended, taught component each week for ten weeks, followed by tutorial support prior to submission of assessment on week 14.

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Where you study

The module will be delivered utilising a blended approach of five days of on campus sessions (where possible) and five online learning days including the virtual learning environment and self-directed learning. All sessions will be recorded and available online for those unable to attend campus.


Course details

What you study

You undertake experiential learning, enabling confidential discussions, vicarious learning and involvement of some experts, to enhance skills through reflection on what tender conversations with patients and their families about uncertainty, can look and feel like, ethical leadership in practice, spiritual, cultural and bereavement support. Informed approaches to future care planning through fundamental skills of multidimensional assessment. The importance of self-care will also be explored.

Nursing and Allied Health Professional aligned national competencies for palliative and end of life care for pre and post module self assessment, can be accessed to realise both established skills and identify those you want to enhance.

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. A wide range of support is available to access and will be addressed during induction on the first day of the course , including reviewing and developing literature searching, academic writing, critical thinking and referencing skills.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a 3,000-word written case study where you critically analyse and evaluate an episode of patient care.


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.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2023/24 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 14 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: April
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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