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Level 2 Principles of End of Life Care

  • Students

    This FREE on-line fundamental qualification will help you to develop your understanding and knowledge of how to sensitively and appropriately care for individuals in the final stages of life.

    • Learn more about the delivery of optimum patient care
    • Improve your healthcare skills to strengthen relationships and interactions with those in your supervision
    • Develop the knowledge and principles that underpin outstanding care and treatment of those in vulnerable medical states
    • Gain or develop key transferrable skills applicable in a range of roles within the health sector


    Each unit contains an assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of each subject area. Once you successfully complete all units you will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care.


    Unit 1: Understand how to work in end of life care

    • Different perspectives on death and dying
    • The aims, principles and policies of end of life care
    • Factors regarding communication
    • Accessing the range of support services available to individuals and others.

    Unit 2: Care planning in end of life care

    • The holistic approach to end of life care
    • Person-centred assessment and care planning
    • Advance care planning.

    Unit 3: Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort

    • Approaches to managing pain and discomfort
    • Assisting in minimising individuals’ pain or discomfort
    • Monitoring, reporting and recording on the management of individuals’ pain or discomfort.

    Unit 4: End of life care and dementia

    • How an individual’s dementia can affect their end of life care
    • Supporting individuals with dementia affected by pain and distress
    • Supporting family, significant others and friends of an individual with dementia.

    Unit 5: Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death

    • Supporting individuals as they are approaching death
    • How to care for a deceased individual
    • Support needed by family, significant others and friends of the deceased
    • Relevant legislation and policies.

    Unit 6: Understand loss and grief in end of life care

    • The process of loss and grief
    • Loss in the context of end of life care
    • Supporting people following bereavement
    • Managing own feelings of loss and grief when working in end of life care.

    Course duration

     15 weeks 

    Recommended study

    10 hours per week

    Study requirements

    No existing qualification required

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    To study online with vision2learn you will require the following:

    • An Internet enabled PC running Microsoft Windows operating system
    • A Web browser (JavaScript and Cookie enabled)
    • An active email account
    • Microsoft Word or a similar word processing software program. (You may need additional software programs for IT courses – please contact us for more information.)
    • Adobe Reader
    • Adobe Flash Player (version 9.0 or higher)

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