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DipHE Paramedic Practice

Two years full-time

UCAS code • B780

Location • Collegiate Campus
Subject area • Paramedic practice

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At a glance

This course has achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the latest 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) results released this month.

Learn the essential lifesaving skills required to work as a paramedic on this well-established course. All places are currently commissioned by the Strategic Health Authority, and clinical placement is provided by ambulance trusts, which means that your course fees are paid for and you receive some financial support. Employment prospects for graduates are very good.

Key points
• Your course fees are currently paid for by the strategic health authority.
• Clinical partnerships and placement is provided by either Yorkshire or East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trusts.
• Benefit from expert training on one of the first established UK paramedic course.

What is a paramedic?
Paramedics are the senior members of accident and emergency ambulance crews. They are trained in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care and deal with emergency medical illness and traumatic injury.

Paramedics treat and stabilise patients at the scene of their accident or illness. In dealing with seriously ill or injured patients, your skills as a paramedic can often mean the difference between life and death.

About this course

Learn how to combine theory and practice to meet the challenges of providing prehospital care on this well-established course. You learn important skills as a paramedic that gives you the ability to treat and stabilise patients at the scene of an accident or emergency. This training gives you the knowledge to perform potentially lifesaving procedures whenever they are needed.

All places on this course are currently commissioned, which means that as a student you do not pay any course fees.

Most weeks you study for two days at the University and spend two days on placement. Your clinical placements are either with Yorkshire Ambulance Service or East Midlands Ambulance Service. You can be placed in any of their ambulance stations, subject to mentor availability. This enables you to gain experience and apply your university-based learning to real life situations.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. The course is based in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Campus. Clinical suites in the building replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work.

You study some interprofessional education modules alongside students from other health disciplines, such as nurses, radiographers and midwives. This shared learning experience allows you to develop teamworking and understand the contribution different professionals make. This understanding is vital to modern healthcare practice.

Additional qualifications
As well as your paramedic qualification you also gain other certificates important for your career. As part of the course you complete a level two award in health improvement, which provides you with a certificate from the Royal Society for Public Health. We are currently the only university in the UK that offers this as part of our healthcare courses.

Key areas of study
Key areas include • anatomy and physiology • pathophysiology and pharmacology • core and advanced skills in preparation for placement and paramedic practice • professionalism • law and ethics relating to paramedic practice.

CPD online
CPD Online, part of our CPD Anywhere™ framework, is being offered free to new graduates of this course for 12 months, as part of our commitment to support your lifelong learning.

CPD Online is an online learning environment which provides information to help your transition into the workplace. It can enhance your employability and provide opportunities to take part in and evidence continuing professional development to help meet professional body and statutory requirements.

For further information, visit the CPD Anywhere™ website at

Every two years, students from this course take part in Doncaster Airport's major incident exercise in partnership with the fire and police services. We also hold practical events at the Lifewise centre in South Yorkshire, 

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Fees – home and EU students

2014/15 academic year

If you are studying a course funded by the Department of Health you will not normally pay any fees yourself, as they will be paid for you by the Department of Health.

You will receive a non-means tested bursary from the partner Ambulance Service Trust/Department of Health. However, please be aware that there is a DOH consultation in progress regarding the paramedics inclusion in the NHS bursary scheme.

Membership of a professional body is included in this course.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.
Get further information on fees and funding here.


• scenario-based practical assessment • essays • presentations • examination • practice assessment on placement

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Professional Recognition

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them and also apply to become members of the College of Paramedics. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a paramedic in the UK.

Health and Care Professions Council

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