Course Description

Palliative Care Support (QQI Level 5)

The Open College

This Palliative Care module is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills of the palliative care approach to enable them to care for the person diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and, in the last days of a person’s life and also his/her family in a dignified and holistic way.

Course documentation for this, QQI accredited course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read. This distance learning QQI accredited course means that students can study flexibly at home or at work, while gaining a nationally accredited qualification.


Learners who successfully complete this module will:

  • provide holistic care for persons diagnosed with a life- limiting illness and in the last days of a person’s life and also for their families, carers and significant others
  • communicate effectively with persons with a life-limiting illness and in the last days of a person’s life and also with their families, carers and significant others
  • enhance the quality of life of the person with a life- limiting illness
  • recognise and respect the uniqueness of each person’s approach to death
  • work effectively as part of the healthcare team.


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Working with a Palliative Care Approach
  • Unit 2: Communication Skills
  • Unit 3: Death, Dying and Bereavement Care.


Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 5N3769
College Name The Open College
Course Category Health Care, Palliative Care
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 314
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This QQI Palliative Care course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 Component Certificate in Palliative Care (5N3769)
Entry Requirements Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare/Childcare/Sports) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. Learners will be required to undertake a practical supervised work placement (30 hours minimum over the duration of the programme – approx. 4-6 hours per week) within the relevant vocational area. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Garda Vetting is required for all Childcare placements and students can apply for this through The Open College. Please ask for details. Certain assessments require completion of work, which must be observed and evaluated by a Supervisor or Line manager. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative. Be competent in both written and spoken English.
Career Path This course leads to a Level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 credit towards completing a Major QQI award in any of the Major awards mentioned below: Nursing Studies 5M4349 Health Service Skills 5M3782 Healthcare Support 5M4339.
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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