Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: DL100
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: NCFE
  • Study mode: Full Time

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This course looks at the definition of end of life care, explores common questions and themes, informs learners of the range of possible approaches to end of life care, provides learners with an understanding of how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs, and prepares the learner to confront issues of death and bereavement.

The qualification is designed for anyone who is seeking to increase their knowledge of end of life care in a vocational setting. It’s aimed at those working in the healthcare sector whose job description includes caring for those who have a life-limiting illness and is also appropriate for those who have already achieved other qualifications in the healthcare sector who need to apply their understanding in palliative care.

What will I study?

This qualification contains 5 mandatory units:

  • Understanding end of life care (3 credits)
  • Communication during end of life care (2 credits)
  • Assessment and care planning in end of life care (3 credits)
  • Person-centred approaches to end of life care (5 credits)
  • Care during the final hours of life and bereavement care (3 credits)

This qualification provides you with an understanding of the principles of end of life care,
including knowledge of:

  • palliative care and its place within end of life care
  • support services available to the individual and others
  • the importance of communication and a person-centred approach
  • loss, grief and how to support those who are bereaved.
Entry Requirements

There aren’t any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification;
however, you may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a
Healthcare or Health and Social Care related area.

How will I be assessed?

You can complete this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

At the end of each unit there will be an assignment, which is submitted to your tutor for feedback. To achieve the qualification, you will need to successfully complete all units in the course.

What can I do next?

Successful completion of this qualification will help to support progression into and within a
number of job roles, including:

  • Care assistant or worker
  • Adult social care relief team worker
  • Support worker (supported living)
  • Key workers in residential/domiciliary/day care settings
  • Palliative care hospice worker
  • Home care support worker
  • Healthcare support service worker
  • Clinical healthcare support worker
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Counsellor
  • Bereavement support worker

This qualification also allows you to progress to qualifications such as:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Social Care (England)
  • Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care
  • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Healthcare and Social Care Support
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