AdvDip(CPD) Bereavement and Loss HE6

Are you a nursing or health and social care professional involved in the care of individuals who are experiencing loss, in the final stages of life or who may be bereaved If so, this stand-alone professional development course explores best practice for the effective management of bereavement as defined by the Northern Care Alliance (2012) SWAN Model of Care.

Bereavement and Loss HE6

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Mode of Study:



14 weeks


The University of Bolton

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Course Details

High quality bereavement care requires a pro-active, compassionate approach that is driven by, research-based best practice, and continually strives to deliver patient and family focused care, that centres on meeting the unique needs of each individual and their loved ones. This professional development course looks at all the issues involved, drawing on the long-standing experience, expertise and up-to-date research skills of our team of health tutors and practice partners.

Our experienced team will focus on the Northern Care Alliance (2012) SWAN Model of Care, which highlights the need to provide excellent, individualised end of life and bereavement care for every patient and every family, every time. The course explores best practice for the effective management of bereavement and loss, with the aim of improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing loss, death and dying.

We’ll support you to gain a systematic understanding of bereavement management through critical evaluation of the knowledge and skills required for effective service delivery and support of the bereaved. Reflecting on your practice will help develop your knowledge for effective delivery of high quality physical, social, spiritual and psychological care to those nearing the end of life, their families and care providers. We’ll cover areas such as verification of death, do not attempt cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR), family support, resilience, police and forensic intervention and the role of the coroner.

We’ll also focus on helping you develop a deeper understanding of the importance of inter-professional, multidisciplinary and multi-agency working as this is so crucial in effective bereavement management. Skills in this complex and sensitive area of contemporary health and social care are in increasing demand.

  • The course is delivered by a variety of professionals, with a wealth of knowledge of current practice from health and social care backgrounds.
  • The course is flexible and designed to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, you’ll be encouraged to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, such as the 6C’s, action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect and commitment to quality.
Key Features
  • We’ve been offering high-quality courses, specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector, for over 30 years.
  • We have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to change. Our courses and programmes respond directly to the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which is at the heart of the career and pay progression strand of Agenda for Change.
  • The course curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that contemporary theories are adopted.
  • You may be given financial support by your employer to undertake this course, or you may be self-funded.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an Advanced Professional Development qualification in Bereavement and Loss worth 20 credits at Level HE6.

  • You must have an appropriate health and social care related qualification; for example, registered nurse, assistant practitioner, allied health professional, or paramedic.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in the specialist field of bereavement and loss.

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £800 for the academic year 2020/21.


The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.


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You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

We’ll use strategies for teaching and learning that reflect your experience, role and build upon your previous knowledge and experience. We’ll encourage you to engage in reflective learning through the analysis of experience from the working environment. You’ll also be given the opportunity to receive in class tuition from guest speakers from a variety of practice settings. Your studies will be further supported by accessing learning resources and websites via our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Our coursework-based assessments will allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the intended learning outcomes of the course. You’ll be expected to develop a portfolio that evidences the understanding of the key elements, principles and approaches to end of life care and bereavement that you’ve developed through critical reflection.

The programme involves seven full days’ attendance at the University of Bolton. During the remainder of the programme, you’ll be expected to study independently and work on your coursework, before submitting your work for assessment.

  • Bereavement and Loss
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 79%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Sue First
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903755

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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