Understanding End of Life Care Level 2 Certificate

Adult Skills & Training

Date (from)



Awarding body


E-Learning - September 2018

E Learning / Distance Learning course  - FREE if learner does not hold a Level 4 or above qualification



Course introduction

Everyone facing life-limiting illness will need some degree of supportive care in addition to treatment for their condition. The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of end of life and palliative care, enabling them to provide comprehensive and appropriate support to people nearing the end of life.

The programme aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of: the different perspectives on death and dying; the aims of end of life care; the support needed to manage pain and discomfort; how dementia impacts on end of life care and how to provide appropriate support to individuals with this condition at the end of life; the role of the health and social care worker at the time of death, and how to appropriately support the bereaved.

As well as enabling learners to achieve a nationally recognised qualification, this course will help encourage good practice in the workplace. The course also provides employers with a structured training programme that will meet the training requirements of their employees, giving peace of mind that staff are equipped with the knowledge they need to support people at the end of life.

A further benefit of using these flexible learning resources is that staff can complete their programme at times and locations convenient to them, removing the need for them to spend time at college or away from work for long periods.

Course structure

Learning materials comprise a number of workbooks, which have been produced to suit a wide range of delivery methods.

Learners will be provided with all necessary materials to complete the programme and will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test their knowledge.

The learning materials include an assessment that is completed online which allows learners to demonstrate achievement of all learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment is available as a printed booklet only on demand.

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care comprises five mandatory units presented in three concise module workbooks:


Unit 01: Understand how to work in end of life care  (Credit value: 3)


Unit 02: Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort (Credit value: 2)

Unit 03: End of life care and dementia  (Credit value: 2)


Unit 04: Understand the role of the care worker in time of death (Credit value: 3)

Unit 05: Understand loss and grief in end of life care  (Credit value: 3)

Minimum entry requirements

Learners should be aged 16 and over, but otherwise there are no specific entry requirements for this programme.

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be allocated a tutor who will provide feedback online.

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What can I do with this qualification?

By undertaking this programme, learners will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or progress on to further qualifications, such as courses in health and social care or related subjects.

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