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Level 3 Diploma in End of Life Care with Official Exam

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100 Hours
Level 3 Diploma in End of Life Care
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This course is endorsed under ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

If you want to work within a caring role in end of life care the Diploma in End of Life Care Level 3 is ideal for professional enhancement. End of life care is often practiced in developed countries and is an accepted norm for patients and their families. End of life care workers have an important role. They are the primary caregivers during this difficult period and strive to fulfill any last requests. The course offers great insight and understanding on the role of end of life care worker. Individuals interested in taking on this job role can work in hospitals, hospices or care homes.

The course is extensive and will feature key topics such as understanding end of life care, communication and planning, care during final hours and bereavement.

Individuals will gain a strong understanding of the impact they can have on patients in end of life care. Learn how to support patients physically and emotionally, and even spiritually.

The Diploma in End of Life Care Level 3 course will educate learners on person-centered approach, the concept of end of life care and how to relieve patients in pain. It is an excellent course for learners already employed as care workers or those who want to start a new career in this field.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Global Edulink has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Global Edulink to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Level 3 Diploma in End of Life Care
Endorsed by ABC Awards

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What is covered in this course?

  • Gain an understanding of end of life care
  • Learn about the communication during end of life care
  • Get an insight into assessment and care planning in end of life care
  • Get an idea of the person-centred approaches to end of life care
  • Understand about care during the final hours of life and bereavement care

Course Curriculum

Unit 1: Understanding end of life care

1.1 Factors that can affect an individual’s views on death and dying Social

2.1 The aims of end of life care

2.2 The differences between a ‘good death’ and a ‘bad death’ A good

2.3 The nine point World Health Organisation’s definition of palliative care

2.4 How palliative care is part of end of life care

3.1 The stages in the end of life care pathway

3.2 The current approaches to end of life care

3.3 Evaluating an approach to end of life care and how this can support the individual and others

4.1 The range of services available to an individual and their family

4.2 The multi-disciplinary end of life care team

4.3 The potential barriers individuals may face when accessing end of lifecare

4.4 Ways to minimise barriers

Unit 2 Communication during end of life care

1.1 How to support communication being

1.2 How the use of non-verbal methods of communication can aid understanding

1.3 The skills required of an active listener

1.4 Silence as an important part of communication

2.1 Barriers to communication Tiredness/illness

2.2 Strategies to overcome barriers

Unit 3 Assessment and care planning in end of life care

1.1 The needs that should be considered when planning an individual’s end of life care

1.2 How the needs of others can be taken into account when planning holistic care

2.1 Why it is important to ensure that the individual is at the centre of all end of life care planning

2.2 Ways to assess an individual’s needs and priorities obtaining

2.3 Tools that can be arranged to inform the assessment

2.4 An assessment tool that can be used to plan for end of life care

2.5 Managing risks

2.6 Applying the care planning cycle in a person-centred way what is care planning?

3.1 The legal status and implications of the Advance Care Planning process

3.2 When advance care planning would be used

3.3 The meaning of ‘informed consent’ Defining the term consent

3.4 Communicating the Advance Care Plan to others

3.5 Supporting the best interest of an individual unable to participate in decision making

Unit 4 Person-centered approaches to end of life care

1.1 The health conditions for which end of life care may be provided

1.2 Symptoms that may be related to the individual’s condition and/or treatment

1.3 The underlying causes of a range of symptoms the causes of pain

1.4 How symptoms can cause the individual pain and discomfort

1.5 Different factors that can alleviate or exacerbate symptoms

2.1 Interventions to provide symptom relief

3.1 Common types of pain The

3.2 The signs of pain

3.3 Ways to monitor pain

3.4 Factors that can influence an individual’s perception of pain

3.6 The importance of maintaining regular pain relief

3.7 The reasons for planning activities after pain relief has taken effect

4.1 Importance of relationships as a person nears the end of life

4.2 Maintaining relationships with others

4.3 Supporting relatives and friends to maintain relationships

5.1 The difference between spirituality and religion

5.2 Spiritual importance

5.3 Meeting religious and/or spiritual needs

6.1 How an individual’s priorities and ability to communicate may vary over time

6.3 Supporting an individual to express their fears

6.4 Supporting individuals or others who want to discuss sensitive issues what constitutes complex and sensitive information?

7.1 Anticipatory loss

7.2 The stages of anticipatory grief

7.3 Supporting each phase of anticipatory grief

7.4 Why people with a life limiting illness may become depressed

7.5 Signs and symptoms of depression

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

1.1 The signs of approaching death

1.2 Comfort measures in the final hours of life

1.3 Stopping life prolonging treatment

1.4 The importance of implementing an Advance Directive

1.5 The signs that death has occurred

1.6 Supporting relatives as death approaches

2.1 The steps to take immediately following a death

2.2 The information required by the registrar before issuing a Certificate for Burial or Cremation

2.3 Post Mortem Examinations

3.1 The meaning of loss, grief and mourning Loss

3.2 How each person’s experience and expression of loss and grief is unique

3.3 The factors that can affect the nature of a person’s grief

3.4 The phases of Grieving (Colin Murray Parkes) Grief

4.1 Supporting people during the stages of bereavement

4.2 Supporting the bereaved group care settings

4.3 Methods that can be used to help cope with feelings of loss and grief

4.4 The signs and symptoms of stress

4.5 The importance of seeking specialist support if signs and symptoms of stress are causing concern

4.6 The challenges and rewards associated with providing end of life care

Access duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Method of assessment

In order to complete the Diploma in End of life care – level 3 successfully, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-04841

Accredited body (Accreditation)

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

What's special about us

  • No Hidden Fees
  • Efficient and effective customer service for all your queries
  • Endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme
  • Get a 30% discount when you pay the full amount at once. This includes the course fee, assessment fee and certificate fee.

Who is this course for?

  • Students
  • Job seekers
  • Professionals in the end of life care
  • Anyone interested in learning about end of life care


  • Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
  • A recognised qualification at level 2 or above in any discipline.

Career path

  • General physician
  • Care home manager
  • Counsellors
  • Social care worker
  • Psychotherapist

Other jobs you can get

  • Therapists
  • End of care program coordinators
  • General practitioner

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