Learners who complete this level 5 Palliative Care course will obtain knowledge and understanding relating to the care of people with life-limiting conditions.

Palliative care is an approach to care focusing on promoting comfort through relieving pain and other symptoms. The aim of palliative care is to enhance the quality of life of those living with life-limiting progressive conditions and their families.

This course can enhance skills and employment opportunities for those working in the area of care support. Other learners who choose to do this course may include those who are close to a person receiving palliative care.

On completion of this course, learners will be issued with a QQI Level 5 Component Certificate in Palliative Care. This course is worth 15 credits and can also be used as credit value towards a variety of QQI Major Awards.

Programme Profile and Timeframe:

This programme module endeavours to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to care for and address the needs of a person and their family after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, in a dignified, inclusive and holistic manner.

This course is run over either 8 evenings, one evening per week, or four days. It is a blended learning programme and learners will complete reading and assignment work at home, between classes.

Palliative Care training programme

Entry Requirements:

Learners must have completed their Leaving certificate, a Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Special Needs/Childcare/Healthcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please contact our office to discuss more about this.

English Language Proficiency: Learners entering programmes leading to Level 5 awards are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, stable broadband connection, email, Microsoft Office or Google Documents, 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.

Work Experience:

Work experience is not a mandatory requirement to pass this programme.

Course Materials:

Currently, learners are emailed the handouts required weekly. Please note that while you may like to print out your handouts, laptops and tablets are welcome in class. We are currently working on an online platform for course materials and hope learners will be able to avail of this in 2019.


All tutors on this programme are qualified in their specific fields to a minimum level of two above that of which they are teaching. Our tutors also have practical experience in their individual fields along with experience and qualifications in adult training and development.

Tutoring Methodologies

A variety of methods and approaches are used including: practical demonstrations, oral presentations / interviews, individual tutorial support, assignments and projects, work experience, discussions and debates, role play and attendance by specialist guest speakers.


The cost of this module is €250.00.

Payment is made in two instalments as follows:

Payment 1: €100.00 Booking deposit, this is payable when booking to secure your place.

Payment 2: €150.00 payable before your first class.

Please note that deposits are non-refundable, unless the course is changed or cancelled by ourselves. Refund of fees is not payable to learners who do not complete the course or assessments.


If you are in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, on a CE Scheme or participating in activation schemes, you may be eligible for some funding. Please contact the office for further advice in relation to this.

Click on the link below if you would like to secure your place on this training course: https://www.aspiretraining.ie/registration-form/

Next Steps Following Course Completion

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 FETAC award in any of the Major awards mentioned below:

Nursing Studies 5M4349.
Health Service Skills 5M3782.
Healthcare Support 5M4339.

Protection for Learners

In compliance with Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 Part 6, where Midlands School of Childcare (t/a Aspire Training) offers training programmes of 3 months duration or more, arrangements have been made with similar alternate providers to allow learners to complete programmes on which they are enrolled, in the event of Midlands School of Childcare ceasing to trade.

Reasonable Accommodation

To reinforce inclusion for all our learners we offer customised learning support for individual applicants who require accommodations. Aspire Training provide a range of supports for learners to ensure that our programmes and services are accessible to all.

Upon registration for a course or programme with Aspire Training, learners will be asked to state any additional requirements needed so that the appropriate supports for teaching, learning and assessment can be considered. It is important that you discuss your needs with us as early as possible. If you would like to discuss this prior to registration, please contact info@aspiretraining.ie