Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary, part-time, modular course which aims to ensure health and social care practitioners can contribute to the quality of life of patients and their families. The course is relevant to health and social care professionals working in adult, children or neonatal services, in either hospital, community, care home or hospice settings. In line with current strategic directions, this course will address the palliative care needs of people with cancer and non-malignant disease.

Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development.

The course comprises four 20 credit modules at Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9 - successful completion of three of these modules is necessary for the award of Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.


Entry requirements

This course can be accessed by practitioners with or without a first degree.

All applicants must:

  • be registered health or social care practitioners with the appropriate authority or have evidence of health/ social care qualifications and
  • have responsibility for patients and families in the palliative care phase of illness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


  • Anticipating and Responding to Pain and Symptoms in Palliative Care (N3607)
  • Care for the Patient and Family in Palliative Care (N3608)
  • Using Person-Centred Communication Skills in Palliative Care (N3615)
  • Person-centred Palliative and End of Life Care into Practice - Work-based Learning (WBL)


For 2020/2021

Semester 1: Using Person-centred Communication Skills towards the End if Life (N3615)

Person-centred Palliative and End of Life Care into Practice - Work-based Learning (WBL)

Semester 2: Anticipating and Responding to Pain and Symptoms in Palliative Care (N3607)

Person-Centred Palliative and End of Life Care into Practice - Work-based Learning (WBL)



Key details

Outcome: Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Semester 1 dates: Thurs 1st October, Thurs 15th October, Thurs 29th October, Friday 30th October, Thurs 12th November and either Thursday 5th or Friday 6th November

Semester 2 dates: Thursday 28th Jan 2021, Thursday 11th Feb, Thurs 25th Feb, Thurs 11th March, Thurs 25th March

Duration: 1.5 - 4 years

Location/Attendance: Face to face sessions are held at St Columba’s Hospice Centre for Education and Research, 17 Boswall Road, Edinburgh.

Delivery: Modules may be studied:

  • Online only
  • A combination of online and face to face
  • Attend face to face days only with online exercises and discussion

Fees: TBC for 2020/2021 entry

For further information, including application process, please contact: Julie Young, Lecturer in Palliative Care/ Programme Leader,  St Columba’s Hospice Education Centre.jyoung@stcolumbashospice.org.uk  +44 (0)131 551 1381.


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