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Professional Healthcare Practice (End of Life Care) Postgraduate Certificate

Professional Healthcare Practice (End of Life Care) Postgraduate Certificate

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Studies Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Care Of Dying (Nursing) Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary


The Professional Healthcare Practice programme at the University of Bradford offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge to a range of clinical and professional situations through reflection and practice experience, supported by an experienced mentor.

It develops skills designed to meet the challenges of delivering and advancing quality healthcare within a global context.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip students with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. There is a focus on patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

The programme is designed to:

  • Provide a flexible educational framework that is vocationally relevant, which meets your professional development needs, as well as the organisational needs of employers
  • Provide opportunities for inter-professional teaching and learning to share the knowledge, skills and experience common to a range of different health and social care disciplines
  • Provide a framework within which the curriculum, where required, meets the regulatory needs of professional bodies such as the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and recognised National benchmarks
  • Stimulate you to become a self-directed learner who is motivated to sustain and advance your own continuous professional learning
  • Develop your clinical skills, knowledge and critical understanding to an advanced level, applicable to your own field of practice
  • Further develop your cognitive and practical skills to undertake data synthesis, complex problem solving and risk assessment
  • Prepare you to become an autonomous practitioner, to work in advanced and specialist roles with high levels of accountability

Learning and assessment

Whilst following this programme of study, you will engage with learning through a range of teaching methods. These methods will be dependent on modules studied, however student-centred approaches to learning are a feature of the modules and you will be expected to take responsibility for your learning as you develop your academic skills.

The aims of the teaching and learning strategies have been designed so that you will be given the opportunity to develop theoretical understanding, research informed knowledge and critical thinking to develop a range of skills appropriate to your professional field, your organisation and workplace setting. You will also develop your skills and knowledge of research and application to your practice area.

Career prospects

Experienced nurses and healthcare practitioners now have the opportunity to take on challenging roles, working across professional, organisational and system boundaries to meet diverse patient needs.

Healthcare practitioners working towards these advanced practice roles, often at the forefront of innovative practice, are expected to undertake master’s level education. The programme is designed to develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



To enable students to examine and explore issues centred on a range of symptoms which occur during both palliative and end of life phases of an illness utilising personal and clinical experiences supported by theoretical and research based evidence. To develop problem solving and critical reasoning skills by adopting a problem based learning approach involving small group work and the development of an autonomous approach to self study.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees are dependent upon the number of credits required: 10 credits - £554; 20 credits - £1,108; 30 credits - £1,663; 40 credits - £2,216; Dissertation Module (if applicable) - £2,399.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fees are dependent upon the number of credits required: 10 credits - £554; 20 credits - £1,108; 30 credits - £1,663; 40 credits - £2,216; Dissertation Module (if applicable) - £2,399.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A first degree in a relevant subject area, NVQ level 6 or equivalent or a relevant postgraduate qualification; A registered qualification with a UK professional regulatory organisation may be a requirement to undertake some optional modules; An identified mentor in practice. Applications are welcome from students whose qualifications do not meet the entry requirements above but who have significant experience and other evidence of ability to study at this level.

University information

The University of Bradford uses technology to benefit society through its teaching and research. There are world-class facilities on site, and students enjoy a high-tech learning environment at this city centre university. The University employs industry-leading academics for its courses and has been conducting ground-breaking research for over 50 years. The campus is one of the most sustainable in the UK. Buildings are made using hemp, and...more