Palliative Care Practice AdvCert

Palliative Care Practice AdvCert

The AdvCert in Palliative Care Practice is a degree level course (Level 6), which focuses on the theoretical and practical context of Palliative Care Practice for current healthcare practice. Taking into consideration the recommendations of the end of life strategy and common core competencies, this undergraduate course provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals, who offer care to persons at the end of life or with short life expectancy, to develop their awareness of the pertinent issues and skills involved and evaluate how these are reflected in care provision. 

Palliative Care Practice aims to focus on enhancing specialist knowledge and skills that relate to palliative nursing practice. The double module aims to facilitate learning to support and enhance the practitioner’s role as a member of a multidisciplinary team, in providing holistic and individualised care for clients and their families who are approaching the palliative phase of their illness.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

One double module comprising nine days attendance at University, plus three negotiated learning days.


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Professional qualification plus 12 months clinical experience.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
  • Therapeutic relationship the nature and boundaries
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sensitivity
  • Patient and family focussed care
  • Facilitating care management within the multidisciplinary team
  • Symptom management
  • Comfort and well-being
  • Transitions in advanced disease including care in the last days of life
  • The use of orthodox and complementary therapies in the control of symptoms
  • Care delivery
  • Personal, political and professional influences on patterns of care
  • Gold standards framework
  • Advanced care planning
  • Preferred priorities of care
  • Research in developing care appropriate to the needs of individuals and their family members
  • Assessment and care planning. 

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839