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Nursing & Health

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


Course overview

This module is aimed at health care professionals who are working with patients with palliative care needs in the end phase of their life.

It discusses current issues in end of life care for the patient and their family and how these might be addressed.

The module is delivered via distance-learning, utilising the virtual learning environment (VLE) e-learning@tees over ten weeks. The VLE contains learning materials that address key topic areas you study, including: handling difficult questions, symptom management, ethical issues and caring for the dying patient. You are supported throughout the module while undertaking a variety of activities including group discussions relating to the holistic management of palliative care patients.

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.

Where you study

This award is delivered through distance learning. You are supported to use the visual learning environment and blackboard throughout.


Course details

What you study

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

  • society's approach to death and dying
  • symptom management
  • current policies and guidelines relating to end-of-life care
  • cultural aspect of end-of-life care
  • ethical decision-making
  • recognising dying
  • communication.

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

You are assessed by a 4,000-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.



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Online
  • Start date: April
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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