Taught course

Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject. Other subjects may be considered subject to a successful interview. You must be currently working in a health care setting. If you have a minimum of five years’ experience working within health and social care, you may be able to access the programme without a degree, subject to a successful interview, if you are able to demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development. All applicants will be expected to provide evidence of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure from their employer. This will demonstrate that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

This PGCert is designed to make palliative and end-of-life care real, meaningful and accessible for all frontline clinical staff. The programme is suitable for nurses (community, hospital, nursing home, hospice), health and social care practitioners, allied health professionals, paramedics and doctors (GPs, speciality doctors and doctors in training). You will gain enhanced knowledge, confidence and competence in assessing the palliative and end-of-life care needs of patients and their families. Individual disease groups will be analysed and the trajectory of dying assessed, looking for similarities and differences and seeing how these might be managed. In addition to this, you will learn how to manage symptoms and address concerns arising across the four domains of holistic care (physical, psychological, spiritual and social). Ethical and legal aspects of care will also be considered.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for studying on this Postgraduate Certificate are currently charged on a modular basis.If you are a UK or EU student joining the programme in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21, the cost of each module will be: HEA4197 Transforming Integrated and Palliative End of Life Care (20 credits) - £880; HEA4219 Transforming End of Life Trajectories (20 credits) - £880; Additional Module Selected from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine's CPD Portfolio (20 credits) - £34 per credit, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


Assessment methods vary according to the demands of each module and include written assignments, designing a teaching pack, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), portfolios, seminar presentations and work-based learning projects.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171