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NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

Course Level: 

Level 2

Overview of the course: 

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 aging, 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.

Entry requirements: 

Eligibility Criteria

• Aged 19+ (19 before 01/09/2019)
• Have been a legal resident of the UK continuously for the last 3 years
• Not to have completed the course before
• We are unable to offer our distance learning courses to Scotland, Wales and Ireland and to the combined authority areas identified on our postcode checker
• All distance learning courses are FREE of charge upon successful completion and achievement
• You can only apply and complete one distance learning course at a time

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


• Understand how to work in end of life care
• Care planning in end of life care
• Understand how to provide support to manage pain and discomfort
• End of life care and dementia
• Understanding the role of the care worker in time of death
• Understand loss and grief in end of life care

How is the course assessed?: 

After enrolment paperwork has been received and checked a Tutor is allocated to you and a further letter is sent along with your course login or resources. If you are completing your course paper-based you will be provided with free post envelopes so you can send your first completed assessment and carry onto the next, if you are completing your course online please check your account regularly. Your Tutor will email robust feedback and request any amendments / re-submissions that may be required.

Length of the course: 

You will have 20 weeks from enrolling to complete the course. You can complete the qualification online via our eLearning Assessor website or in paper-based format. Everything is done remotely via post or email, induction pack and tutor support. Throughout the duration of your course there is ongoing Tutor support provided over the phone and email, along with automated emails/texts from our management systems. You will be supplied with unit submission dates and your first assessment should be submitted within 6weeks, as a guidance you should allow 3-4 hours a week to answer questions. When completed assessments have been submitted and marked it then requires to be internally verified and ultimately certification will be applied for.


Distance Learning

When does the course start: 

This course is learner lead, meaning you start when you have had your induction.

More important information about this course:


All of East Durham College's distance learning courses are FREE of charge upon successful completion and achievement.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (30 May 2020 15:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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How to apply: 

To apply online for this course, please click on the 'Apply for this course' button below.

Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.