Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
This course is designed for any health or social care worker who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of end of life care. It also has relevance to all types of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care. The course has a credit value of 16 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.
Who is the course suitable for?
The programme is designed to provide an understanding of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying. It will help learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of palliative care and its place within end of life care, along with the support services available to the individual and others.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should aim to complete the course within 16 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of two workbooks and two assessments:
- Workbook 1: Understand how to work in end of life care, Care planning in end of life care, Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort.
- Workbook 2: End of life care and dementia, Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death, Understand loss and grief in end of life care
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications, including Diplomas in Health and Social Care.