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Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care Level 3

Level 3
Course Code:
Distance / Blended Learning
22 weeks

This period in a person’s life is the most sensitive and difficult to deal with for the individual, the family and any carers or staff members who work with the individual. If you work in the healthcare sector or need to care for a loved one during this difficult time, this course is a natural progression from the Level 2 course and will help you provide quality end of life care.

"Going into the subject in depth, and doing the assignments helped me to focus. The material was extremely interesting."


Whether you are studying this to support your career or because the subject is relevant to you personally, this course takes you through this difficult and emotive subject in a professional and supportive way. It is the industry standard in this subject for those working in the Care Industry.

Unit 1: Understanding end of life care
This unit covers the different attitudes and emotive issues surrounding death and dying. It looks at palliative care and its place within end of life care and the current approaches to end of life care and the support services available.

Unit 2: Communication during end of life care
In this unit you will concentrate on the different communication skills within end of life care, understand the importance of communication when supporting individuals and others involved in the care, and the potential barriers to communication and how to overcome these.

Unit 3: Assessment and care planning in end of life care
This unit aims to explores the holistic approach and the person-centred approach to assessment and care planning. You will look at the legal implications of any advance care planning decisions.

Unit 4: Person-centred approaches to end of life care
In this unit you will explore the person-centred approach to end of life care by looking at how to support the psychological, social, spiritual, religious, cultural and emotional needs of an individual.

Unit 5: Care during the final hours of life and bereavement care
The final unit covers the approach to death and the final hours of care, the process of grief and loss, how to support people following bereavement and how to deal with your own feelings of stress and grief.
Each unit is assessed though short answer questions. Assessments are completed online via our online assessment platform or you can request paper-based assessments that you will need to post back to us.
We would expect learners to have already completed the Level 2 Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care or to have been working within this environment in a senior carer role.

This is a knowledge based qualification and requires a good level of literacy, reading and writing.

Learners must be over 19 and resident in the UK or EU country for at least 3 years.
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You will receive a study pack which contains your learning resources, study plan, study guide and how to access the online assessment platform. If you want to complete paper-based assessment you will have the option to request these when you enrol.
This is a distance / home study course, so you can study at your own pace and at a time to suit you. A subject specialist tutor will be allocated to you and you can email them should you have any questions relating to your course.

It is important that you can work independently and be dedicated to set time aside each week for your studies, we recommend that you allow a minimum of 4 to 6 hours a week. Remember that your study time counts towards your CPD - Continuing Professional Development.

For more information call Steve or Lida on 01271 852354 or email

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Course Fees

Total Fee: £811