NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

Our course code: X313

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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This End of Life Care course has been designed especially for distance learning online, 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. Exploring common questions and themes in end of life care, this course aims to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to support your role in end of life situations. It’s important to confront issues associated with death in order to know how to manage them.

On our Principles of End of Life Care 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
  • Learn how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs

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

  • A formal qualification

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

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: 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.

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.

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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


To be awarding this Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care, you are required to successfully complete all five mandatory units.

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.

Your portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

This is an regulated, knowledge-only qualification. Therefore, no real work environment placement is required.


Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care. 

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.

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines
  • Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

Difficulty - 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.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Credits - 16

Course Content

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
2: Communication During End of Life Care
  • Understand communication skills in the context of end of life care
  • Understand how to overcome barriers to communication
3: Assessment and Care Planning in the End of Life Care
  • Understand the holistic approach to end of life care
  • Understand person-centred assessment and planning
  • Understand advance care planning
4: Person-centred Approaches to End of Life Care
  • Understand the effects of symptoms in relation to end of life care
  • Understand a range of therapeutic options used to support effective symptom relief
  • Understand the principles of pain management
  • Understand techniques for supporting a client with their social needs
  • Understand how to support a person’s spiritual, religious and cultural needs
  • Understand techniques for supporting a person with their psychological and emotional needs
  • Understand people’s responses to dying
5: Care During the Final Hours of Live and Bereavement Care
  • Understand how to offer appropriate support in the final hours of life
  • Understand how to care for the deceased person
  • Understand the process of grief and loss
  • Understand how to support people following bereavement

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!