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NCFE/​CACHE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

Key course information

Health and Social Care


16 weeks

Part time

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Course Overview

This qualification is designed for anyone who is seeking to increase their knowledge of end-of-life care in a vocational setting. It’s aimed at those working in the healthcare sector whose job description includes caring for those who have a life-limiting illness.This qualification is also appropriate for those who have already achieved other sector-specific qualifications in the healthcare sector who need to apply their understanding in a palliative care context.Understanding end of life care This unit provides learners with an overview of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying. It will also help learners to understand palliative care and its place within end-of-life care, along with the support services available to the individual and others.Communication during end-of-life care This unit aims to give learners an understanding of the importance of communication when supporting an individual and others during end-of-life care.Assessment and care planning in end-of-life care This unit aims to give the learner an understanding of the person-centered approach to assessment and care planning within end-of-life care, and the legal implications of any advance care-planning decisions.Person centered approaches to end-of-life care This unit will inform learners of the person-centered approach to end-of-life care and how it ensures that the individual’s physical, emotional, social and cultural needs are met.Care during the final hours of life and bereavement care This unit will assist learners to understand approaches to providing care in the approach to death and the final hours of care. It will also provide an understanding of the processes of loss and grief, how to support those who are bereaved, and how to cope with own feelings of stress and grief.To achieve the certificate for this course, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units. Learners who are not successful can resubmit work within the registration period.Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement with each unit. On completion of each unit, candidates must declare that the work produced is their own.

What will I learn?

This qualification aims to:
• provide learners with a definition of end-of-life care
• explore common questions and themes in end-of-life care
• inform learners of the range of possible approaches to end-of-life care
• provide learners with an understanding of how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social, and emotional needs
• prepare the learner to confront issues of death and bereavement.

Entry Requirements

• Learners must be aged 19 years or over on 1st April 2021.
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• In order to be eligible to complete this course for free, Learners must not already hold a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. four AS Levels or two A Levels etc). If Wiltshire College and University Centre are not able to obtain government funding, then Learners will be expected to pay a course fee of £811 or Learners can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• Learners must not be completing any other funded courses such as an Apprenticeship or any other NCFE course.
• Learners can only complete one Level 3 qualification for free.
• Learners who already hold a full Level 3 qualification and wish to complete this course can do so for a fee of £811 or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• You can check your eligibility by contacting

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment requirements: portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and moderated, and then externally moderated.

This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor. You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit. Once work is submitted this is automatically sent to your assessor for marking.

Additional Costs and Information

• This course is free (entry requirements apply) however, there is a £200 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• There are not any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification; however, learners might find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a health or health and social care related area.
• The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines • Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia.

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