End of Life Care PgCert 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course has been developed in partnership with Kirkwood hospice, it is aimed at professionals who work in the field or have a particular interest in palliative and end of life care, as well as those working with individuals living with life limiting illnesses.

The course provides you with the opportunity to consolidate and enhance your knowledge and understanding of effective palliative/end of life care. Learning will be focussed towards enhancing your knowledge, skills and the essential attributes required to drive high quality care for the individual with palliative care needs, whilst encompassing the care and support of families and loved ones in a variety of health and social care settings.

Throughout your studies emphasis will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual and the development of management plans from which optimum end of life care can be delivered. Legal and ethical requirements will also be examined within the context of end of life care and their implications for practice.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

•  You must be a health or social care practitioner, registered with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with at least 12 months post-registration employment.

•  Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.


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Course content

Core modules

End of Life Care

This module will provide you with opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of effective palliative/end of life care. You will focus your studies on the enhancement of your knowledge, skills and essential attributes required to drive high quality care for the individual with palliative care needs along with their families/carers in a variety of health and social care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum end of life care. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework.

Practice Development

Through this module you will have the chance to formulate, negotiate and undertake an assignment, which will provide the opportunity for you to enhance your practice knowledge and abilities within your workplace. This will also provide evidence of learning for academic review, as well as reflect on the process of practice development. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

Sarah Shaw is the Director of Clinical Services, Kirkwood Hospice

“Palliative and end of life care is increasingly at the centre of all health and social care policy. Kirkwood Hospice in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield is committed to ensuring that palliative and end of life care education is available for all health and social care professionals, facilitating the transfer of policy into practice for the benefit of the patients who are cared for.”

Teaching and assessment:

This course has been developed in partnership with Kirkwood hospice therefore you will be taught by academics and palliative care leads who are experts in the field. A student centred approach utilising shared experiences, reflection and critical appraisal will be encouraged. Varying blended teaching and learning strategies will be utilised including lectures, tutorials, group discussion and computer-assisted learning.

You will be assessed by a presentation and a written assignment. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


Although it is not compulsory, we recommend that you attend a short placement in order to broaden the depth of your learning and experience. It will also support your application of theory to practice.

Career opportunities

The course will help to prepare you to provide competent compassionate care to people with life limiting illnesses and at the end of life in preparation for specialist roles in palliative and end of life care.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Further study

Upon completion you may wish to APL the 60 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate and undertake further modules in order to complete the Health Studies MSc (180 credits).

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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