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The Principles of End of Life Care
The Principles of End of Life Care
The Principles of End of Life Care

NCFE level 3

The Principles of End of Life Care

In 2012, only half of the people who expressed their home as their preferred place to die actually died in their own home. In the same year, hospices were ranked the highest in terms of the quality of care provided during the difficult end of life period. Care homes were a close second, home was third, followed by hospitals last.

This period in a person’s life is, without a doubt, the most sensitive and difficult to deal with with regard to the emotional and physical strain for the individual, the family and any carers or staff members who work with the individual.

This course will provide learners, who are already working, or are intending to work, in the healthcare and social care sector, with extensive knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their role and further develop their career.

  • Qualification gained: NCFE Level 3
  • Place of study: Learn from home
  • Type of course: Distance learning course with no exams
  • Course duration: 10 to 16 weeks.

Full tutor and customer service support will be provided throughout the course.

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Unit 1: Understanding end of life care

This unit covers 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

Learners will look at 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

This unit explores and expands upon 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

Learners will explore 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

This unit covers the sensitive approach to 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 in this module.

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Does the qualification expire?

No. Once you complete a course, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which lasts forever and will be beneficial to you throughout your entire working career.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

There are no strict deadlines for you to meet within your course, but we will suggest targets for you to aim towards to encourage you with your study, in order for you to complete the course within a minimum of 16 weeks. You will be reminded of this throughout your course from your Assessor and Learner Support Advisor, and should try and meet these targets when submitting your assessments and working towards different outcomes.

Do I need any computer skills?

You only need very basic skills to complete a course. If you do any shopping online or use any social media websites, then you will find our online learning platform, EQUAL, very easy to use. Even if you do not regularly use a computer, as long as you know how to turn it on and access the internet, then the helpful guides and videos on EQUAL will provide you with all the help you need to get started online.

Do I need a computer to take the course?

If you are taking the course online, you will need a computer to access your emails and for online learning. If you are set to complete the course paper-based, you will not need a computer.

Do I need to buy anything else to go with the course?

No. As long as you have a working computer, a pen and some paper, you will have no problems completing a course with us. If you complete an online course, all of the resources you need will be accessible online, and if you complete a paper-based course or paper-based course with online assessments, we will send you everything you need in the post and via email.

What is in the course content?

Each course covers a particular area of study through a detailed exploration of the subject matter. This includes subject specific case studies, thought provoking activities, further research tasks, key facts, summary pages and "Stop and Think" sections, where learners are encouraged to consider how the learning content may mirror reality.

Is the course paper-based or online?

This course is available as paper-based or paper-based learning with online assessments.

What level is the course at and what does this mean?

This course is Level 3. Diplomas are nationally recognised and will be issued to learners from NCFE by The Skills Network, once you have successfully completed your course.

How much is the course and when do I pay?

The course is £811, which includes all of the learning resources and materials you will need to complete the course. You can either pay for the course in full in one payment which is required before you begin your study, or start a course for just £275 as part of our three instalment payment plan. This means you pay £275 to begin your course, pay a second instalment of £275 when you are halfway through the course, and pay a final instalment of £275 when you submit your final piece of work. Alternatively, this course is available through advanced learning loan funding, if you are aged 24 or over and have lived in the UK for three years or more.

How am I assessed?

You will be assessed throughout your study by a series of short answer assessment questions which are built into the course. If you complete the qualification online, your answers are automatically saved and are available for you to revise and edit at any point before submission.

How long will it take me to complete a course?

Everyone is different and all learners will progress at different speeds. On average, a learner completes this course with us within 12 to 16 weeks.

What will I gain from completing a course?

After completing a course with us, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can not only increase your general knowledge, but also increase your chance of securing a job, allow you to develop your career and improve your chance of progressing in the workplace to reach your goals.

Alongside this, the course materials will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence surrounding your chosen subject area. The activities and assessments are also designed to help you develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

What happens if I fail an assessment?

Your assessor will work with you to ensure you have full support in order to complete and achieve all required outcomes to gain the qualification, and this will ensure that you will gain the qualification if you are committed to it.

How long will my certificate take to arrive?

Your certificate will take between six and eight weeks to arrive. Once you complete the course and submit your final piece of work, your assessments will be marked and your work will go through an external moderation process. Once this process is complete, we send your certificate to you as soon as possible.

Can anyone complete the course?

In order to complete this course, you must be employed in the care sector, or be able to gain voluntary work within the sector. Should you experience any difficulties with your course, you will have the support of your Assessor and your Learner Support Advisor, who can guide you through any part of your learning that you may be struggling with.

How can I progress after I complete the course?

Once you complete a course with us, your opportunities are endless. Not only will your employment opportunities improve, but you could also progress on to other areas of study. You may find that with specific courses, you can transfer the accumulation of credits onto another qualification. Learners who have already achieved one or more of the units included in a specific qualification can transfer the credit already achieved onto another in some instances, if the units are the same. This is because the units are listed on the Qualifications Credit Framework, allowing credit transfer to happen. This is most useful if you are progressing on to an NVQ or Apprenticeship scheme.

Who is suitable?

This qualification is ideal for anyone who is currently working within a role based in the health and social care sector and is looking to further their career.

Are there any exams?

No. This course does not involve any examinations and learners are assessed entirely through their answers to the assessment questions, which they complete throughout the course.

Part Pay - £443

You can pay for this is course in 3 seperate installments.

  • First: before you start the course
  • Second: halfway through the course
  • Third: nearing the end of the course.
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