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About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Allied Health Professions
- Three years; September, February and April intakes
- Blended Learning
- Programme leader:
- Gary Smart
- Key fact:
- Study modern paramedic theory and develop vital skills on this unique HCPC accredited course, designed to enable working ambulance staff to study whilst in employment and achieve eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a paramedic.
Page last updated 24 March 2017
Why study DipHE Paramedic Science?
Paramedics respond to acute medical or traumatic emergencies as part of frontline NHS ambulance teams. The role is physically and mentally demanding and involves delivering emergency treatment and life-saving procedures in challenging conditions. With ambulance services providing an increasing number of treatments, it is important that professionals have the right knowledge and skills to deliver these in a pressurised environment.
Why study our course?
If you already work in the emergency ambulance service, our DipHE Paramedic Science, which is accredited by the HCPC, will help you take your career to the next level. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in an expanding role in the emergency and unplanned care environments.
Taught by our supportive and highly experienced team, you will learn about the theory of paramedic practice and the subjects that underpin it. You will also develop critical interpersonal, problem-solving and decision-making skills for delivering safe and effective care. This will take place through a combination of blended learning, role-play and simulations in our world-class facilities.
Real world experience
Studying alongside work, you will apply what you've learned through structured work-based learning. Half of your time will be spent on placement, working with paramedics and healthcare professionals in the ambulance service and acute hospitals.
Where it can take you
On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also have a broader knowledge and skills base, giving you the opportunity to advance your career as a paramedic.
You will study the following compulsory modules:
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Science
- The Essentials of Prehospital Emergency Practice
- Communication Skills for Paramedic Science
- Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice (module concludes in Year two).
You will study the following compulsory modules:
- Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making
- Psychosocial Studies for Paramedic Science
- Emergency Care of the Older Adult
- Paramedic Clinical Practice (module concludes in Year three).
You will study the following compulsory modules:
- Prehospital Emergency Care of the Child and Adolescent
- Contemporary Paramedic Clinical Practice
- Research and Evidence Based Paramedic Practice.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
This course has been designed as a blended learning course. This means learning is delivered both in person and online.
The distance learning element of this course will allow you to study at a time convenient to you, from the comfort of your own home or workplace, while staying in regular contact with tutors and other students through the virtual learning environment. Typically, modules will start with technology-based activities. For example:
- Video-lecture captures
- Online interactive lectures
- Problem-based scenarios
- Case-based learning
- Directed reading
- Electronic journals and e-books
Alongside university attendance for clinical skills, you will be required to undertake a large amount of independent study for the theoretical components of the course. A range of methods will be used to support learning:
- Discussion groups
- Skills classes with demonstration and instruction
- Role Play
For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
This blended learning course employs both face-to-face teaching and the use of an online virtual learning environment. As such, you will only typically need to attend UWE Bristol for 20-25 days at each level of study. This equates to approximately four or five days attendance per module, enabling you to study alongside your work.
The methods you will be assessed through include essays, posters, presentations, written and electronic examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
During Level one, you will study reflective models and conduct assignments. These will encourage you to reflect on interpersonal skills, clinical decision-making and basic patient assessments.
Unseen examination assessments will test your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology. Your paramedic clinical practice and achievement of learning outcomes will be assessed and recorded in a practice placement portfolio, which you will take on placement.
During level two, assessment of your work will incorporate critical thinking and clinical reasoning through assignments. You will be encouraged to think about your future role as a paramedic mentor through developing teaching packs for level one students. Your advanced clinical interventions will also be assessed through OSCEs.
For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.
This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a paramedic with the HCPC.
Level one student placements are grounded in the NHS Ambulance Service: responding to emergency calls in the community setting. Strong Practice Placement Educator support for this approach is based on the perception and observation that, as a student paramedic, you will benefit from exposure to autonomous paramedic practice early on, as this will help you develop confidence and experiential learning through exposure to a range of urgent and emergency care situations. You will be required to complete a minimum of 750 hours of supervised practice placement in each year of the course.
When you progress onto level two, you will continue to be exposed to the full range of medical and traumatic conditions resulting from the 999 system. Alongside this, you will undertake additional clinical placements in acute hospital settings. This will guarantee exposure to specialist clinical conditions and enable you to gain experience of the following areas:
- Airway management
- Assessment and management of injury and illness affecting adults
- Children and young people
- Childbirth and the complications of childbirth
Hospital placements will include one week in each of the following areas:
- Children's Emergency Department or Acute Assessment Unit
- Central Delivery Suite or Birthing Unit
- Adult Emergency Department
- Operating Theatre or Operating Department
We provide world-class facilities to help you get the most from your course.
You will have access to extensive online library resources, including electronic learning materials, books, databases and videos, along with key publications such as the Journal of Paramedic Practice and Emergency Medicine Journal.
There will be an opportunity for you to gain confidence and experience through emergency response and urgent care simulations and role-play, using our dedicated ambulances, garage area and simulated home.
You will be able to develop study skills, including essay writing and referencing, in our library or through our interactive study skills portal.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.
Patient centred care
To make sure that the Paramedic course meets patients' requirements, we encourage local patient groups and individuals to get involved in course activity (e.g. those related to Diabetes, Asthma and Drug Abuse). Service users and carers are referred to as 'experts by experience' and our links with local groups have led to these being increasingly involved in learning scenarios.
Careers / Further study
On graduation, you will be eligible to register as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will also have a broader knowledge and skills base, giving you the opportunity to advance your career as a paramedic.
Award-winning careers service
Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.
Creating employable students
UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.
Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
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Supplementary fee information
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or an equivalent functional skills award.
- English Language Requirement:
If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section (or equivalent).
You must be employed in the emergency ambulance service in a role that requires you to attend to the acutely sick and injured.
If you are employed by the Ambulance Service, you can gain entry on to the course through one of the following two routes:
- If you have completed and achieved the Emergency Care Assistant award or the IHCD/Edexcel Ambulance Technician award and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in that role and meet the learning outcomes of the Accelerated Learning for Professional module UZTS75-20-1 or equivalent, you will receive accreditation for prior certificated and experiential learning for the level one modules (UZYRN4-15-1: The Essentials of Prehospital Emergency Practice, UZYRMW-30-1: Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Science, UZYRMX-15-1: Communication Skills for Paramedic Science and UZYRMY-30-1: Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice).
- If you have completed and achieved the Emergency Care Assistant award or the IHCD/Edexcel Ambulance Technician Award and have a minimum of one year experiential learning in that role, meeting the learning outcomes of the Accelerated Learning for Professional module UZTS75-20-1 or equivalent, you will receive accreditation for prior certificated and experiential learning for the level one module (UZYRN4-15-1: The Essentials of Prehospital Emergency Practice).
Additional selection criteria
- Confirmation from your employer that OH and DBS status is satisfactory (where this cannot be confirmed checking must be undertaken) is required.
- If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview.
- If you are a Prior Certificated Learning student wishing to transfer from another institution, you will be considered on an individual basis, provided you meet the course requirements and there is capacity available on it.
The core values of the NHS Constitution are embedded throughout the course and within its recruitment process.
How to apply
Please see the general information about applications.
For further information
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333