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DipHE Paramedic Practice

Two years full-time
UCAS code • B780 | Location • Collegiate Campus

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Paramedic Practice degree overview

This course has start dates in September and March.

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 Yorkshire and East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trusts, which means that your course fees are paid for and you receive some financial support. Employment prospects for graduates are very good.

• 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.
• Study a course that has achieved 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey results.

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

Fees – home and EU students

For further information see the Department of Health section on our fees and funding pages.

Course description

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.

What you study
Learn how to combine theory and practice to meet the challenges of providing pre-hospital 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.

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

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 • clinical decision making • management and leadership.

Placements and work experience
Your studies are based on a mix of university-based education and placements. This may mean attending block teaching in university and then spending block time on placement, and at other points in the calendar learning part-time in university and part-time on placement.

Your clinical placements are either with Yorkshire Ambulance Service or East Midlands Ambulance Service. This enables you to gain experience and apply your university-based learning to real life situations. Clinical placements are subject to mentor availability and can be in any of their ambulance stations, not just those close to Sheffield.

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.

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


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

Entry requirements

2016 entry requirements

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and have a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

You must hold a full UK driving licence by the time you attend the interview stage.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics and a science (single or double) or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 280 points from GCE/VCE A2 levels including at least 100 points from a natural science or social science (psychology or sociology), or relevant BTEC National qualifications. AS levels and general studies do not count towards the points total.

• Access – Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 30 credits should be graded at distinction level. 15 of the level 3 distinction credits must be from science units.

• other equivalent qualifications are considered individually, and include previous degrees that are grade 2.2 or above

*GCSE maths and English equivalent
• equivalency test from

*GCSE science equivalents
• OCR science level 2
• science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from


If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Care experience
Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Personal qualities
We select our students based on their knowledge, experience and interpersonal skills, not just academic ability.

You need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

The selection event
If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

You need to
• have been living in the UK for over three years and have indefinite leave to remain or refugee status or be a resident of the EU
• have a reference from a current or recent employer or from an educational institution where you have completed recent study
• have a C1 provisional driving licence and have completed the medical before the course pre-induction (in July)
• complete emergency driving as an integrated part of the course in partnership with the ambulance service

Course enrolment – professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by the University.
• a pre-course day

If you fail to comply with any of these requirements your offer could be withdrawn.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

Disability support
If you are a disabled person or have a long term health condition, you are advised to read the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) booklet: A disabled persons guide to becoming a health professional.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement. You can contact our disability co-ordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) to discuss any queries you may have.

The Disability Disclosure booklet also provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day
As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

Course content

Year one modules

• preparation for placement and learning in higher education • learning in practice 1A • learning in practice 1B • anatomy and physiology in paramedic practice • pathophysiology to inform clinical decision making in paramedic practice • interprofessional practice

Year one placements

• clinical education including 750 hours of clinical placement

Year two modules

• learning in practice 2A • learning in practice 2B • law and ethical dilemmas in paramedic practice • management and leadership in clinical practice • pharmacology and pathophysiology in paramedic practice • interprofessional practice

Year two placements

• clinical education including 750 hours of clinical placement


This qualification leads to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a career as a paramedic with the ambulance service.

There is demand for paramedics across the country in a growing range of clinical settings within the NHS and independent sector.

A career in the operational ambulance service offers secure employment, continuing education and training, excellent working conditions and the prospects of promotion.

Career progression can follow a number of routes into areas such as operational management, control, education and research. Some ambulance services offer staff opportunities to train to become a • member of a helicopter air crew • critical care paramedic • rapid response unit operating a car or motorbike • specialist or advanced practitioner.

The starting salary for a qualified paramedic is in the region of £21,000.

Further information is available on the NHS careers website at

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