End of Life Care
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11 weeks




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University (Coventry)


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This module has been developed to provide health and social care practitioners with the chance to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to work with people who approach the end of their lives.

Course detail

The module encourages students to understand the principles of palliative care and apply them to their specific area of clinical practice.

This module provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable knowledge on palliative and complex care needs of people approaching the end of their lives.
  • Learn how to provide excellent quality care and support for people who need end of life care, which allows students to expand their range of employment opportunities.
  • Gather evidence towards the achievement of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework core dimensions.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Opportunity to build to a full degree.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse social and political development within the field of end of life care.
  • Identify and evaluate a range of palliative therapeutic interventions.
  • Note the factors that influence effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients.
  • Note the ethical and legal issues related to complex clinical end of life care decision making.
  • Understand the social, cultural, spiritual and emotional needs of patients approaching the end of their lives.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered through a combination of directed and self-directed student activity, including lectures and workshops.

Summer term: Wednesdays 9.30am - 4.30pm

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email disoff.ss@coventry.ac.uk.

Lectures – 30 hours

Workshops – 20 hours

Self-guided student activity – 150 hours

Total activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Registered Health or Social Care Professional (Nursing and Midwifery Council/Health Professions Council).
  • Ability to study at level 3.


  • Coursework 1: 3000 word Essay (100% of module mark)

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Successful completion of degree level modules can enable progression to master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care and Professional Practice studies which are offered at Coventry University.
  • Upon the successful completion of this module students should possess important qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals within the field of palliative and end of life care.