Principles of End of Life Care Distance Learning Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The duration of the course is 16-20 weeks. Guided learning hours are 8-10 hours per week dependent upon learners knowledge of the subject.

This qualification aims to develop knowledge and understanding of how to work in end of life care, and the support needed to manage pain and discomfort. In addition, the qualification explores how dementia impacts on end of life care, the role of the care worker in time of death and the loss and grief process.

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

  • Section 1 Know different perspectives on death and dying
  • Section 2 Understand the aims, principles and policies of end of life care
  • Section 3 Understand factors regarding communication in end of life care
  • Section 4 Know how to access the range of support services available to individuals and others

UNIT 2 – Care planning in end of life care

  • Section 1 Understand the holistic approach to end of life care
  • Section 2 Understand person-centred assessment and care planning
  • Section 3 Understand advance care planning

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

  • Section 1 Understand approaches to managing pain and discomfort
  • Section 2 Know how to assist in minimising individuals pain or discomfort
  • Section 3 Know how to monitor, record and report on the management of individuals’ pain or discomfort

UNIT 4 – End of life care and dementia

  • Section 1 Know how an individuals’ dementia can affect their end of life care
  • Section 2 Know how to support individuals with dementia affected by pain and distress at end of life
  • Section 3 Know how to support family, significant others and friends of an individual at end of life

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

  • Section 1 Understand how to support an individual as they are approaching death
  • Section 2 Understand how to care for a deceased individual
  • Section 3 Know the support needed by family, significant others and friends of the deceased individual
  • Section 4 Understand relevant legislation and policies

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

  • Section 1 Know the process of loss and grief
  • Section 2 Understand loss in context of end of life care
  • Section 3 Understand how to support people following bereavement
  • Section 4 Understand how to manage own feelings of loss and grief when working in end of life care

Assessment Methods

Upon enrolment you will be provided with learner support materials that will give you the knowledge and understanding required to undertake the assessments. To be awarded the qualification you need to successfully complete all of the workbooks.

As you work through the learning materials you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor/tutor who will give you support, advice and guidance on the course content as well as providing robust feedback on the work you complete. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care Level 2.

Course Summary

Course Title Principles of End of Life Care Distance Learning Level 2
Entry Requirements

Eligibility for FREE Level 2 Distance Learning courses:

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/19

  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years

  • Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of
    Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley
    and the West Midlands.

  • Must have a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject (i.e QCF
    Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE
    grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First
    Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level


  • Unemployed and claiming benefits, and using the qualification to obtain

An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the

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I really enjoy studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College. All of my lessons have a friendly atmosphere and my tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to degree level.

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