Taught course

Palliative Care

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

An appropriate degree award with the level of entry and/or credit awarded being subject to the content of the course. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. NB Registered healthcare professionals who do not hold a first degree may also undertake this programme on the provision of two satisfactory references.

Months of entry


Course content

Students undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care will have experience of working with people with palliative care or end of life care needs in hospitals, hospices, care homes or the community.

Successful completion of our course will allow you to meet government standards for those working in hospices (e.g. NHS QIS 2002).

It also enables local health authorities to meet their obligations in relation to national and international standards of palliative care provision (e.g. World Health Organisation 2014). Lifelong learning and continuing professional development is integral not only to the provision of high quality palliative care but also to career progression.

Modules incorporate a variety of teaching and learning methods.

Living and Dying Well - explores the history, development and current principles and practices of palliative care.

Person-Centered Palliative Care - examines thanatology, existential issues in palliative care, effective communication and ethically sound decision-making.

Non-Malignant Conditions - examines the ways in which palliative care can be utilised to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with non-malignant diseases.

Information for international students

The English language level for this Palliative Care course is overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking; minimum 5.5 in reading and listening (or recognised equivalent).

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
12 months

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