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Palliative Care Practice PGCert


Course facts

  • Name: Palliative Care Practice
  • Qualification: PGCert

Patients expect palliative care services to be of the highest quality and to be well coordinated in whichever area they choose to be cared for i.e. hospital, home, care home or hospice. In order to support and staff to provide excellent palliative care, this programme has been developed in partnership with St David’s Hospice, Llandudno, with expert staff who can share their experiences and knowledge in the field of palliative care.

This programme builds upon existing theoretical perspectives and research evidence underpinning applied health and social care practice in the field of palliative and end of life care. It critically examines current theory, practice and policy in order to advance appropriate approaches to palliative care from the disciplines of specialist and generalist perspectives. It will include contemporary approaches to palliative care grounded in actual practice and in harmony with reality.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Core Modules:

  • Foundations in Palliative Care  
  • Advances in Palliative Care    

Optional Modules:

  • Work-based Learning or
  • Legal Concepts - End of Life    

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This programme provides student-focused learning that critically examines both the theory and practice framing contemporary approaches to health and social care management for people in need of palliative care. It has no placements or clinical competencies, making it suitable for local and international candidates who wish to study at this level as a career requirement or for academic progression.

The modules under the pathway will use a variety of assessments such as assignments, online assessments etc.

Entry Requirements

  • A degree in a relevant subject from a recognised institution. Degree subjects suitable for all courses: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Medicine/Dentistry, Psychology, Radiography, Paramedics. 
  • English language standard – an IELTS score of 6 with no individual score less than 5.5 (or equivalent).   

Please ask for advice as your Bachelor degree or diploma may be sufficient to meet this requirement. All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

The School will consider working professionals with non-graduate qualifications on an individual basis.


If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Ben Turton on +44 (0)1248 383140 or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer. If you are making an application for one of our professional courses, which has limited place availability, you are advised to contact the academic school for advice on the final dates for applications.

Careers and Employability

Education and lifelong learning are key to delivering a workforce with the right skills, knowledge and attributes to support the delivery of excellent patient care. This post graduate programme will provide healthcare practitioners to deliver services which prioritise the palliative care requirements of both the patients and their families. Practitioners who complete this programme will exit with enhanced skills and confidence, and their employability and career opportunities will be greater within this specialist and demanding area of practice. 

The programme will enable the individual to develop graduate, lifelong learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and the use and of evidence based practice to enhance current professional and academic skills; this in turn will develop transferable skills which will enhance the employability of the registered professional overall.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this course have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the 3rd sector, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. They are also all experienced Nurse practitioners and healthcare sciences researchers who still have active links to the local NHS trust ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme.

St David’s Hospice

St David’s Hospice and Bangor University have announced a partnership that to improve palliative care education for the people of North West Wales. The relationship will help provide the best possible palliative care by using the latest research to inform staff, train students and helping to share knowledge and expertise across the two organisations.

One of the major developments is a new position of ‘St David’s Hospice Lectureship in Palliative and End of Life Care’. This will help facilitate, support and strengthen palliative care training and education for hospice nurses, student nurses and the generalist healthcare workforce.


Please visit our course fees page to see fees for overseas students.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail Ben Turton.

If you haven't already do have a look at this page for a list of reasons that we think mean that if you are interested in this Post Graduate Certificate you should consider studying with us.

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