End of Life Care Level 3

End of Life Care Level 3 has been designed especially for Distance Learning and for any health or social care worker who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of end of life care. It also has relevance to all types of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care.

This qualification is also appropriate for those who have already achieved other sector-specific qualifications in the healthcare sector and need to apply their understanding in a palliative care context.

The qualification has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying. It will help learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of palliative care and its place within end of life care, along with the support services available to the individual and others.

On this course you will:

  • Embrace a comprehensive overview of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of palliative care and its place within end of life care
  • Improve end of life practice

Acquire the knowledge to offer the very best emotional support and end of life care with our Level 3 CACHE course.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X313
Qualification code: 501/0117/1
Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 141 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 9 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours.  This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments.  Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.  You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
Level 3
Entry requirements
You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start, however, you will be required to be working in a care environment in order to complete this course due to the nature of the assessment questions, there is no requirement that this is full time or paid employment though.
Section 1
Understanding End of Life Care
  • Understand different attitudes to death and dying
  • Understand the aims of end of life care
  • Understand current approaches to end of life care
  • Know the range of support services available to individuals and their families

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

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Improved my job

I work in a care home and see people at their end of life often. I won some Oxbridge vouchers at work based on personal achievement. I decided to select this course as end of life care is the part of my job I struggle most with. Hopefully with this qualification I will be able to understand more and be able to deal with the after part better. I wasn’t a good student in school but I am glad that I am working in a job I love and that I am getting the chance to add to my skills.

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