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)



Key details

Outcome: Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Start date: The next start dates for this course will be confirmed shortly and posted here.

Fees: £620 per module

For further information, including application process, please contact: Julie Young, Lecturer in Palliative Care/ Programme Leader,  St Columba’s Hospice Education, E: jyoung@stcolumbashospice.org.uk or T: +44 (0)131 551 1381


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