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Palliative and End of Life Care

20 Credits Level 5 and Level 6



This course is suitable for all health and social care professionals who support patients with chronic, advanced or life-threatening conditions.

In the UK someone dies every minute - that’s over half a million people a year. Most will die in the care of health or social care staff. Whilst there has been notable progress in the care for many who are dying, a number of gaps remain. Finding out what people want at the end of their lives, and actually delivering it, continues to be a considerable challenge.

Using the framework of the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy and the National Core Competencies for End of Life Care, this module encourages you to explore creative approaches to caring for people who are dying, their families and carers.

Content will include: the challenges of end of life care, death, dying and society, values and knowledge in end of life care, advanced care planning, care in different settings, effective communication, participation and decision making, integrated approaches to symptom management, support for carers and families, and bereavement and care beyond death.

We use a combination of short lectures, interactive group work, problem-based activities and personal reflection throughout the course. We will also arrange individual tutorials and seminars which, alongside the taught sessions, will help you identify specific learning needs.

Follow the link for further details of:

Palliative and end of life care - level 5 - HEA00075I

Palliative and end of life care - level 6 - HEA00057H


Entry requirements

This course is open to registered practitioners. All applications must be approved by your manager or employer.

Credits and Cost

Qualification awarded

If you successfully complete this course you will be awarded 20 credit points by the University of York, at Level 5 or Level 6.


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Start Dates and Timetable

These are the dates that the programme will run for the Autumn2020 term. Teaching will be online.

  • 22 September 2020
  • 06 October
  • 20 October
  • 03 November
  • 17 November

Please note that the delivery of all teaching is dependent on the latest Government guidance and policy regarding Covid-19.  We will make every effort to deliver the provision as planned and will inform applicants and students of any changes as they occur.  

For more information, contact the SSPRD Administrator in the Student and Academic Support Service on 01904 321321 or email

Download a copy of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PDF , 726kb) leaflet.  

To apply please visit the how to apply web page.