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This qualification will help learners identify, develop and formally recognise their knowledge and skills surrounding the care of patients, friends and families during this sensitive and emotionally demanding time of life. It will also enable learners to progress on to further qualifications within this subject area, or surrounding the wider area of health and social care.

Qualification Level

NCFE Level 2 (online distance learning, no exams involved).

Who Is It For

This course is funded by the adult education budget, and therefore suitable for learners aged 19 and over and the courses are co-funded. Individuals that are aged 19 or over and have not attained a GCSE grades A* to C in maths or English will be fully funded.

Study Hours

Guided Learning Hours - 135
Study hours Per Week
(*please note these are average and estimated figures and may not be a true representative for all individuals*)

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk. Alternatively; you can enrol over the telephone on 01904 770770.

Course cost

Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.

For more information please email the InfoZone on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring them on 01904 770770.

Course Duration

This particular short course is just 9 weeks long.

How It Helps You

This course is ideal for anyone who is already working in, or intending to work within the healthcare or social care sector. It will provide them with knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their ole. The course may also be suitable for anyone who is caring for a loved one during their final stages of life.

How Is The Course Delivered

This course is available in both paper and online format, and is up to you to decide which method you prefer, making the course flexible and easy for you. Personal tutors are assigned to each learners, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.

Course Breakdown

UNIT 1 – Understand how to work in end of life care

This unit helps the learner understand different attitudes to death and dying, the varying approaches (and their individual aims), to end of life care, and the support services available to people undertaking such a role.

UNIT 2 – Care planning in end of life care

Learners will gain an understanding of the holistic approach to end of life care, person centred assessment and care planning considering the many needs of individuals nearing the end of life.

UNIT 3 – Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required in order to provide support for managing pain and discomfort. This includes how to minimise pain through a range of different techniques and the approaches to managing pain.

UNIT 4 – End of life and care dementia

Learners will gain an acute awareness of the impact dementia can have on an individual’s end of life care and will also learn how to support those individuals, as well as their family and close friends.

UNIT 5 – Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death

This unit explores the role of a care worker around the time of death of an individual. Focusing primarily on how to support an individual, how to care for a deceased individual and existing legislation around this subject are all examined in this module.

UNIT 6 – Understand loss and grief in end of life care

Learners will consider the complex nature of loss and grief, gaining an understanding of how to support people following bereavement and how to best manage their feelings of loss and grief.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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