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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 support patients and their families where the intention is palliative/end of life care.

Contemporary issues in end of life care for the patient and their family will be analysed and potential solutions will be debated for your practice

The module is delivered via distance-learning, utilising the virtual learning environment (VLE) e-learning@tees, over ten weeks. A one-hour seminar most weeks at 9.00am on Wednesdays, creates a forum for debate, sharing and learning from each other’s practice. A range of experts also take part during these seminars to give you contemporary and authentic input.

The VLE contains learning materials that address key topic areas you study, including handling difficult questions, complex symptom management, ethical issues and caring for the dying patient.

Where you study

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


Course details

What you study

A variety of topics relating to palliative and end-of-life care including:

  • society's approach to health, illness and death, dying and bereavement
  • disease trajectories and life transitions
  • leadership
  • complex symptom management (most distressing)
  • current evidence, policies and guidelines
  • cultural aspects
  • ethical decision-making, utilising an ethical framework, suitable to holistic perspectives for nursing and allied health professionals
  • identifying that someone is dying, which is a national priority
  • advance decisions
  • communication skills associated with psycho-social support.

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 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.



2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants:

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

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