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Postgraduate Certificate Palliative Care (Distance Learning)

Postgraduate Certificate Palliative Care (Distance Learning)

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Care Of Dying (Nursing) Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary

Palliative care is an essential part of holistic care, and by definition is an approach that is fundamentally a multi-professional one and services offered to patients are truly multidisciplinary in nature. Joint working and excellent communication across professional teams is essential to guarantee all those for whom palliation is required and of benefit, is received and of a high quality (World Health Organization (WHO) 2020).

Palliative Care is provided by many different professions across all sectors within primary and secondary care and is relevant to all health care professionals. This course is recommended for all individuals with an interest in, or working with, adult patients who have palliative care needs and is designed to develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence to care for patients and their families who have life limiting illnesses.

This distance learning course combines excellent resources and support from the course leader, which allows you to combine both study and professional commitments.


Assessment involves written assignments and achievement of clinical competencies. You will receive key learning materials and be supported throughout the course by the module team and your contact with other students.


The Postgraduate Certificate Palliative Care course will enable students to demonstrate clear evidence of ongoing professional development in line with national strategic plans.


The assessment and management of complex symptoms including pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, depression, fatigue and agitation will be explored and appropriate interventions critically discussed. Consideration through the module will be given to psychosocial issues, such as, anxiety and depression within patients who have a life limiting illness and the communication strategies used in relation to managing difficult symptoms.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Students need an Honours degree or equivalent. Applications from individuals with evidence of ongoing professional development will also be considered through the accreditation of prior learning (APL)/ accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism.

University information

The University of South Wales (USW) is progressive and career-oriented university, which provides high quality tuition and course content developed in collaboration with key employers and industry-leading professional partners. The university offers a huge selection of courses, over 500 in total, and a comprehensive selection of postgraduate taught and research programmes which are internationally regarded. Courses are designed with the needs of...more