Taught course

Palliative Care (Online Delivery)

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent. Applications from individuals with evidence of ongoing professional development will also be considered through the accreditation of prior learning (APL)/ accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism.

Months of entry


Course content

The postgraduate certificate in palliative care addresses the complex challenges end-of-life care creates for societies and health professionals are complex, including a range of ethical, social, professional and cultural issues that need careful analysis.

The postgraduate certificate in palliative care is a text-based, distance-learning course designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills you require to promote, lead and drive high quality care for the palliative patient and their families in their care setting.

You studies will centre on current philosophies that underpin palliative care, bringing together a range of clinical and academic experts from this field. The University has a strong history of delivering a range of work-based, distancelearning courses. This new Palliative Care course builds on such success by integrating a range of learning materials, which allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in a supportive learning environment

The Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care includes the following modules:

Therapeutic Management of Life Limiting Illness in Palliative Care: Assessment and management of complex symptoms
The assessment and management of complex symptoms including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression, fatigue and agitation will be explored and appropriate interventions critically discussed. Consideration through the module will be given to psychosocial issues such as anxiety and depression within patients who have a life limiting illness and the communication strategies used in relation to managing difficult symptoms.

Nature and Scope of Palliative Care: Specific issues pertinent to the delivery of effective palliative care
This will explore issues pertaining to palliative care via case studies and a narrative approach. These can include issues such as euthanasia, and the right to die, and the use of advanced directives while considering the issue of capacity and choice.

End of Life Care: Role of the professional in the care of an individual at the end of life, including perspectives from the individual and family*
The module will critically explore the role of the professional in the care of an individual at the end of life. It will include the exploration of the impact of death and dying from a holistic perspective on the individual and family. The themes of loss, grief and bereavement will be central within this module. Professional, legal and ethical issues related to death and dying will also be considered through the module.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care is taught through online discussion forums and regular contact points with your tutor to ensure that although you are studying away from the University, you can still benefit from the depth of knowledge that fellow students and staff will bring to the learning experience.

Assessment involves written work and achievement of clinical competencies. You will receive key learning materials and be supported throughout the course by the module team and your contact with other students.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24-60 months

Course contact details

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