End of Life Care Certificate Level 3

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Varying health and social care professionals may be involved in most end of life care, depending on a patient’s needs. Usually this includes hospital staff, GP, community nurses, hospice staff and counsellors, but this may include social care staff, ministers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or complementary therapists.


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Course Description

About this Course

Study Time:120 hours
Enrolment length:12 months
Course Format:Paper or Online
Entry Requirements:None Specific

For those whose careers involve caring for people at the end of their life this course is a helpful addition to your previous knowledge.


End of life care can occur in a home or in a care home setting. End of life care includes palliative care. If a patient suffers from an illness that can’t be cured, palliative care is designed to make them as comfortable as possible, by managing pain and other symptoms. It also involves psychological, social and spiritual support. End of life care should begin whenever it is needed and may last a few days, or for months or years.

People in lots of different situations can benefit from end of life care. Some of them may be expected to die within the next few hours or days. Others receive end of life care over many months.


A tutor will be able for support via post or e-mail, with our student support team also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Assignments must be submitted to your tutor through email and these are then marked as soon as possible.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Understanding end of life care

Unit 2: Communication during end of life care

Unit 3: Assessment and care planning in end of life care

Unit 4: Person-centred approaches to end of life care

Unit 5: Care during the final hours of life and bereavement care


To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.


This course comes to you as a paper course pack which you can work through in your own time. By reading through the lessons on the course and with the help of a personal tutor you will be able to learn all of the necessary knowledge required to tackle the tutor marked assignments that are used to assess the course. Alternatively, you can study for this course online to save some money on your course and study through the internet with the materials available 24/7 on any computer or smart device.


NCFE Certification

Included in the course fees for this qualification is NCFE certification at no additional cost. NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

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NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.


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