End of Life Care

This qualification is designed for a wide range of learners who wish to gain an understanding of end of life care.

Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of End of Life Care

Qualification aims and objectives

This qualification aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of:

  • How to work in end of life care
  • The support needed to manage pain and discomfort
  • How dementia impacts on end of life care
  • The role of the care worker in time of death
  • The loss and grief process.

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • Give learners working in, or intending to work in, healthcare and social care the knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their role
  • Enable learners to progress to other qualifications in this subject area, or within the wider area of health and social care.

Understanding end of life care

By 2040, the number of people aged over 64 in Britain is expected to grow from 9.5 million to 15 million.

The population is ageing, meaning more people will live with serious chronic illness and need end of life care.

The problems faced and support needed by people nearing the end of life is wide-ranging and a good understanding of pain management, support and quality of life is essential for all carers. 

Course units

Learners are required to successfully achieve 6 mandatory units.

Understand how to work in end of life care

The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding when beginning to work in end of life care.

Care planning in end of life care

This unit provides learners with an understanding of the person-centred approach to care planning within end of life care.

Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort

This unit provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to provide support for managing pain and discomfort.

End of life care and dementia

This unit aims to enable learners to understand how the condition of dementia impacts on an individual’s end of life care.

Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death

This unit aims to enable learners to understand the role of the care worker at time of death.

Understand loss and grief in end of life care

This unit aims to enable learners to understand the processes of loss and grief and their impact on the
individual receiving care, significant others, and care workers.

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Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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