DipHE Paramedic Practice

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UCAS Code:B780
Course Length:2 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:St James', Manchester

The final intake to this programme is for September 2017 entry, for which the course is closed to further applications.

For September 2018 entry, you should refer to course information for our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice.

  • Join a subject area at Edge Hill University ranked top in the UK for overall satisfaction and organisation and management and in the top two in the UK for academic support and assessment and feedback in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • A programme delivered primarily in Manchester in collaboration with The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC);
  • Qualify as a paramedic to the required clinical, professional and academic standards.

Paramedics are highly skilled practitioners who work in challenging, exciting and dynamic environments at the frontline of the NHS, ensuring patients are provided with the best possible care outside the hospital environment. The role requires knowledge and skills in areas such as anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, illness and disease, clinical assessment, legal and ethical issues and teamwork. This popular programme is taught primarily at our Manchester City Centre location and includes placements across the Greater Manchester area. It is for anyone seeking a career at the frontline of healthcare and enables you to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a qualified paramedic. The programme also includes approximately three weeks of study at the Edge Hill University campus in Ormskirk.

Student Profiles

  • Michael Foster

    DipHE Paramedic Practice
    This course has taught me to grasp every opportunity and turn it into a learning experience.
  • Samantha Lailey

    DipHE Paramedic Practice
    The hard work is all worth it when you get to make a difference and deliver the right care, at the right time and at the right place.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This programme provides a high quality education for paramedic students and integrates theory and practice. Practice placements take place throughout the year and practice experience are analysed and reflected upon within the theoretical modules of study. You will be expected to attend the full range of shifts applicable to practice placements, including nights, weekends and bank holidays.

The programme team have developed theoretical content to complement relevant practice experience, ensuring that the programme has not only a strong academic base but recognises the value of vocational competence.

Your development of paramedic knowledge and skills will be guided by the programme and specific module learning outcomes. The modules have been designed to develop and assess your intellectual skills, such as the ability to gather and analyse appropriate information; subject specific skills such as the ability to identify, assess, implement and evaluate the health care needs of clients; and key skills such as clinical skills development, communication, learning skills and multidisciplinary learning.

How will I study?

To ensure that you are competent both academically and professionally, a wide range of learning experiences, teaching and assessment methods will be used, including: keynote lectures; group discussion and debate; student-led seminars; structured reflection; directed study; enquiry-based learning; skills teaching; and learning in practice. You need to be responsible for your practice, be able to recognise the limits of your expertise and be capable of challenging practices and initiating care, which is patient-focused and based upon appropriate evidence.

Placement areas are located across Greater Manchester with a main hub placement being with emergency ambulance crews. Practice learning will meet your learning needs and give you supportive and diverse experiences across the health and social care provision. These include main hub placements at ambulance stations and bespoke placements in NHS hospitals, community trusts, social care services and the independent sector. Placements will include weekends, early mornings, evenings and night work to ensure a full range of practice experiences.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment process includes written essays, case studies, written examinations, practical examinations (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), student presentations and practice assessment documentation.

Who will be teaching me?

The main teaching team for this programme are paramedics. In addition, nurses, anaesthetists and other academic members will be involved in elements of teaching and assessment. In the workplace you will be supported by paramedic mentors, practice supervisors and qualified paramedics who will guide and supervise you during your training. The programme team will support you through the provision of a module leader, personal tutor and link teacher who are able to offer academic and pastoral support as required.

A Great Study Environment

DipHE Paramedic PracticeThis programme is delivered primarily at St James’ in central Manchester.

St James’ provides an extensive modern clinical simulation suite, including a mock operating theatre, simulated ambulance bay and clinical skills stations, in addition to an open plan library and extensive IT facilities.

Approximately three weeks will also be spent at the Edge Hill University campus when focusing on particular specialist subjects, such as counselling and maternity care. The clinical skills facilities at Edge Hill University include ward simulations and operating theatres with industry standard equipment, as well as robot-style mannequins that can simulate a wide range of symptoms, from pregnancy to a temperature.


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Year 1

HEA1076 Personal Development for Paramedics (20 credits)

Personal Development for Paramedics supports you in gaining essential study and communication skills, as well as providing you with knowledge, skills and competence in clinical mathematics. Communication is central to care delivery and is at the heart of best practice for health and social care professionals.  Numeracy skills are also taught and assessed as it is essential for you to have competence in applied clinical mathematics in order to administer drugs safely.

HEA1077 Bioscience for Paramedics 1 (30 credits)

Bioscience for Paramedics 1 introduces the knowledge of the basic scientific principles that enable an understanding of the structure and function of the body in health and disease. The aim is to enable you to develop an understanding of the principal concepts underlying cell biology, human anatomy and physiology, the basic physical and biochemical principles, laws and measurement, together with an understanding of normal physiological values of humans across all ages.

HEA1078 Preparation for Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

Preparation for Paramedic Practice prepares you for undertaking inter-professional practice in the context of health and social care. The module will cover your accountability and responsibility in the areas of ethics, legislation and professional duty of care. You will explore what constitutes a professional, through the examination of personal and professional values and beliefs. Identification of the commonalities and differences between professional knowledge bases and the various legal and ethical codes of conduct will also be considered, while aspects of record keeping in relation to patient information/records will be subject to analysis.

HEA1079 Patient Assessment in Paramedic Practice 1 (20 credits)

Patient Assessment in Paramedic Practice 1 will develop your knowledge, understanding and psychomotor skills in pathophysiology and patient assessment, enabling you to begin to safely and accurately assess a patient in the out-of-hospital care environment and accurately interpret results and report/relay your findings. The basis for this module is that paramedics are often placed in the position of caring for patients in situations away from the support of other professionals in the hospital environment.  Patient assessment skills are therefore crucial in the early care of the patient.

HEA1080 Paramedic Skills Development 1 (30 credits)

Paramedic Skills Development 1 enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding related to the fundamental principles of paramedic practice and required to achieve the standard of clinical competence expected of a student paramedic. You will also begin to understand the scope of clinical practice undertaken by a paramedic. The module will be supported by both simulated and real practice experiences.

Year 2

HEA2091 Bioscience for Paramedics 2 (30 credits)

Bioscience for Paramedics 2 begins to develop your understanding of the biological processes underlying decreased states of wellbeing. Understanding the disease process and recognising signs and symptoms is an essential element of effective healthcare. The module will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of patient assessment with regard to the various developmental stages in human life and reflect how knowledge of a wide variety of theoretical perspectives on assessment will promote and enhance individualised patient care. In particular, you will learn to recognise signs of deteriorating disease situation that require prompt intervention.

HEA2092 Patient Assessment 2 (20 credits)

Patient Assessment 2 enhances your knowledge, skills and understanding of patient assessment and management appropriate to recognised key stages of the developmental human life cycle. This module further explores and develops keys topics such as pathophysiology, patient assessment, interpreting results and reporting findings to enable you to carry out systematic and detailed patient assessment.

HEA2093 Applying Evidence in Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

Applying Evidence in Paramedic Practice helps you to gain an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, in addition to the application of research evidence to practice. The pace of change in paramedic practice means that knowledge may quickly become obsolete and that new knowledge and reassessment of existing knowledge and practice is required to ensure the continuity of safe and effective patient care. The Health Professions Council’s Standards of Proficiency state that the ability to audit, reflect on practice and utilise research evidence is of prime importance in such a dynamic environment. You will enhance your skills in analytical thinking and the identification and critiquing of research literature. The approach to the module will encourage you to consider what constitutes good practice and how to disseminate the evidence to inform clinical effectiveness.

HEA2094 Exploring the Scope of Paramedic Practice (20 credits)

Exploring the Scope of Paramedic Practice enables you to function efficiently in the practice setting through demonstrating desirable professional traits and appropriate communication strategies. The module is designed to develop specific knowledge, competencies and skills that you will require in order to fulfil your role and responsibilities in the practice setting.  Additionally, you will discuss and analyse your understanding of key legal and ethical issues within paramedic practice.

HEA2095 Paramedic Skills Development 2 (30 credits)

Paramedic Skills Development 2 helps you to further develop the knowledge, understanding and skills related to the fundamental principles of paramedic practice and required to achieve the standard of clinical competence expected of a student paramedic. You will also explore and analyse issues relating to professional practice as a paramedic. Furthermore, the module will enable you to manage a wide range of common clinical presentations found in the pre-hospital environment.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the five years prior to application. The selection process includes aptitude tests and an interview.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. Additional criteria for this programme include permanent UK resident status and possession of a full clean UK manual driving licence which must be presented at interview. Please note, holding a provisional driving licence at the time of interview is not sufficient. In addition, a provisional C1 entitlement must also be held by the course commencement date.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Your career prospects on completion of the programme are good because of the high demand for qualified paramedics.


Tuition Fees

If you are a UK student joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, you can expect your tuition fees to be paid by the Department of Health.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK students can apply for funding from the Government to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/paramedicfinance2017.


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time Paramedic Practice students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of undergraduate courses before you apply, you can order a prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

27th July 2016 - Change to Entry Requirements

The entry requirement that eligible candidates must provide evidence of study within the three years prior to application has been extended to five years.

1st March 2016 - Clarification of Entry Requirements

The entry requirements state that a full clean UK manual driving licence must be presented at interview. Please note, holding a provisional driving licence at the time of interview is not sufficient.