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Health and Social Care

Level 3 Certificate in Principles in End of Life Care

Part Time

Course Overview

Within the Level 3 End of Life course, you will explore common questions and themes in end of life care and the range of possible approaches to end of life care. This qualification will provide you with information on how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs and will prepare you to confront issues of death and grief within your role.

This qualification is intended for those who work in the health and social care sector and whose role includes caring for those who have a life-limiting illness. 

This course is ideal if you wish to understand end of life care – you may want to access this qualification to progress onto further qualifications within health and social care, or you may desire to develop within your current job role within the sector. 

Course Content

This course consists of the following five mandatory units, all of which must be completed in order to achieve the qualification:

Unit 1: Understanding end of life care

  • Including the range of different attitudes and emotive issues surrounding death and dying, as well as the current approaches to end of life care and the support services available.

Unit 2: Communication during end of life care

  • Including the different communication skills required when administering end of life care, potential barriers to communication and how to overcome these in an effective, positive manner.

Unit 3: Assessment and care planning in end of life care

  • Including what is meant by both the holistic approach and the person-centred approach to assessment and care planning.

Unit 4: Person-centred approaches to end of life care

  • Including the person-centred approach to end of life care by examining how to support the psychological, social, spiritual, religious, cultural and emotional needs of an individual.

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

  • Including the sensitive approach needed when approaching death and the final hours of care. The process of grief and loss, how to support people following a bereavement and how to deal with your own feelings of grief are all considered here.

Entry Requirement

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, although you may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification within End of Life or within the Health and Social Care area.

In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • You do not already hold a Level 3 or above qualification or equivalent*
  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 year old's you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • You will need to have a good standard of English and Math

*From 1st April 2022
  • Learners are eligible to enrol on a Level 3 National Skills Funded Course if employed and are considered to earn a lower income. 
  • Or, if they are unemployed and receive Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance.

  • Learners who are not eligible for funding are able to access this course with an Advance Learner Loan
  • To confirm eligibility please complete an application and our team will be in touch.


Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  

We recommended allowing a minimum of 5 hours per week to study this course in your own time.

This course is available:
  • Paper-based learning materials with online assessments
  • Fully paper-based

Where does this course lead to

Successful completion of this qualification will help to support progression into and within a number of job roles, including:

  • Care assistant or worker  
  • Adult social care relief team worker 
  • Support worker (supported living) 
  • Key workers in residential/domiciliary/daycare settings 
  • Palliative care hospice worker
  • Home care support worker
  • Healthcare support service worker 
  • Clinical healthcare support worker 
  • Healthcare assistant 
  • Counsellor 
  • Bereavement support worker 

This qualification also allows you to progress to qualifications such as: 
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Social Care
  • Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care 
  • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Healthcare and Social Care Support 

How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL042
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 40 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
Learner Loan L3AO
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