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Certificate in End-of-Life Care: Standard pathway

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This OU certificate is made up of 60 credits.

What you will study

Stage 1

You will study two 30-credit Level 2 modules for this certificate.

Death and dying (K260)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.S30-1,module,K260,,1 is a fascinating module in which case studies provide the real context in which you can explore the issues and challenges of death, dying and bereavement. The key themes are:

  • the difference and diversity in attitudes and responses to death, dying, disposal and bereavement
  • the rhetoric and reality of end-of-life care, and the limitations of care resources
  • the extent to which death, dying and bereavement have become medicalised and professionalised
  • the ethical nature of end-of -life decisions
  • the social dimensions that impact upon experiences at the time of death and afterwards.

Dementia care (K235)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.S30-1,module,K235,,1 addresses the pressing need to develop skills in understanding and caring for people with dementia. You will study what dementia is and the experience of living with dementia; how cultures of residential care can be improved to put the needs of people with dementia at the centre of care; and some of the difficult issues that arise for people with dementia near the end of their life.

This online module addresses the following key themes:

  • the extent to which dementia has become a medical problem and attitudes to people with dementia
  • the meaning of identity and personhood and how this impacts on the sense of loss associated with dementia
  • the way in which cultures of care frame the experience of living with dementia
  • the social, practical, clinical and ethical dimensions of decision-making about dementia care..

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes two years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from 14 months (full-time study equivalent) to four years.


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