End of Life Care (SW4711) Short Course

End of Life Care (SW4711) Short Course
This module offers an opportunity for interactive learning, facilitated by a knowledgeable and approachable teaching team. The emphasis is on shared and active learning which connects with professional practice.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Usually completed within one semester


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

February (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at social workers, or other practitioners, working in a variety of settings with dying people and their families, who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills relating to end of life care.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical exploration of the contemporary issues that impact on individuals and their families at the end of life. It will up-date students’ knowledge in relation to End of Life Care (EoLC) pathways and the contribution of social work/social care to high quality care at the end of life. Students will consider major theoretical perspectives and ethical debates, current research findings and evidence based practice in relation to EoLC. The aim is to promote the development of effective practitioners and to enhance competence and confidence in this field of practice

The module covers topics including:

  • Communication skills and communication approaches in difficult situations
  • Attitudes to death and dying with a focus on developing emotional resilience
  • Working in partnership with other professionals involved in EoLC provision
  • Assessment, care planning and evaluation in relation to EoLC
  • Relevant legal and ethical issues and adherence to legislation and advisory guidance to include: The Mental Capacity Act, Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatments, Advance Care Planning and NICE quality standards for end of life care for adults.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Facilitated learning environment enabling practitioners to critically reflect on the complexities of working with dying people and their families.

Students will be able to access module content and supplementary learning materials via Blackboard. The learning will take place in the classroom and a range of teaching/learning strategies will be utilised in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Workshops will be used to present theoretical concepts; case-studies, group work and reflections on practice will be utilised to build on knowledge gained through lectures.

Assessment: Presentation of a case scenario (30 minutes) and portfolio (3000 words).

Academic Expertise

Debbie Brown, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate enhanced skills in communicating sensitively with individuals, and their family and caring networks, in conversations relating to end of life care choices
  • Critically explore how EoLC policies and guidance are translated into practice with an emphasis on advance care planning
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the use of end of life care tools and their implementation in practice
  • Critically explore collaborative multi agency and multi-disciplinary approaches to end of life care
  • Critically reflect upon how new learning and enhanced skills have impacted on their individual professional practice.

Industry links & professional accreditation

This module will form part of the CPD standards for the HCPC for social workers and OTs; for nurses undertaking the course will ensure compliance with elements of the NMC's Post-registration education and practice.

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

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development and Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Child Care Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

Fees 2018/19: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

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

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361