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Duration

Part time, flexible

Application Deadline

No deadline

Qualified paramedics only

Paramedics with a DipHE or FdSc or paramedics without formal higher education award

Paramedic Practice BSc and Paramedic Practice DipHE is designed for qualified paramedics only. It is available for both paramedics with a DipHE or FdSc looking to top-up to a BSc or by paramedics without any formal higher education award.

The course is delivered by a large team of paramedics and other health care professional lecturing staff and forms an ideal base to enhance skills, knowledge and career prospects. The course design allows for you to choose modules to suit your career needs whether you are interested in eventually specialising in primary or critical care or interested in the broad range of patients contacted in paramedic practice.

This course is currently offered through a partnership with Kingston University, the Joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education. For students enrolling from 2022, the course will be delivered through a structure which is the sole responsibility of St George's, University of London, our Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education. There will be no impact on the teaching or the award of the degree. See further information.

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Tuition fees

This course operates as a part time, flexible programme that has been designed for working paramedics. Because of this the course is not currently eligible for support from Student Finance loan schemes. Therefore, you are required to either secure sponsorship from your employer or arrange for your own independent funding prior to applying.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

The table below highlights the additional course-specific costs related to this degree. Visit the additional course-related costs for more information on general costs to consider alongside your studies.

Additional cost Description
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) RPL costs will be charged at £200 per module.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students on the Paramedic Practice programmes can apply to bring in credit from other providers. This has to be in increments of 15, 30, 45 and 60. The maximum credits you are allowed to bring depends on the awards you are enrolled in.

Credits must have been completed within 5 years of when you are applying for RPL.

Learn more about the RPL fee.

Term dates

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Highlights

  • Hospital-based campus with specialist paramedic simulation and teaching facilities.

  • Large team of experienced paramedic education staff with multidisciplinary members.

  • A range of different modules to meet your needs, including primary care and critical care.

  • Some modules use a blended learning approach to suit staff working full time, allowing you to learn from home where appropriate.

  • Flexible module selection designed to suit working staff.

  • This course is taught in partnership with Kingston University. You'll benefit from a large, multifaculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s, University of London.

The Paramedic Practice degree is relevant to two categories of qualified paramedics: graduates (DipHE and FdSc) and non-graduates (no previous higher education award).

Entry onto the level 6 Paramedic Practice BSc award is for FdSc or DipHE Paramedic Practice/Science graduates only. Paramedic applicants holding either of these qualifications can automatically enrol onto level 6 modules and will be required to study 120 credits to achieve the award of Paramedic Practice BSc.

All other paramedic applicants will be required to study 120 credits at level 5 to achieve the award of DipHE Paramedic Practice. They can then go on to access the Paramedic Practice BSc. Those applicants applying to study level 5 modules have to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Evidence of study at a higher education level. This will either be a degree in a non-paramedic subject or the successful completion of a stand-alone module. Typical examples include ECG or mentorship modules completed with other higher education institutions.

  • Evidence of successful completion of an appropriate access to higher education course

  • NVQ or BTEC at level 4 in a paramedic subject. Typically this may have been an accredited IHCD Paramedic qualification (Please note not all IHCD awards are credit bearing).

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs including English language, mathematics and science AND minimum 1 A level in a science subject studied in the last 5 years.

Alternative qualifications can be considered on application by the course director. The main rationale behind considering each applicant is to ensure that applicants have a reasonable chance of being able to successfully engage with all aspects of the course, which does employ academic writing as an assessment tool. We do not wish to set anyone up with an unreasonable challenge and with this in mind we may recommend that you complete some preparatory study before reapplying. This course is not awarded based on your valuable experience as a paramedic, instead it is distinct and bespoke academic award that examines paramedic practice and research in detail.

The course director may request that you submit an academic essay that will be marked against level 4 criteria to test your ability to be able to write before commencing this course. More details will be provided on application.

There are a range of modules available as part of Paramedic Practice BSc, with the option to tailor your module choices accordingly.

Below are a list of modules available that are delivered by the paramedic team and are designed specifically for paramedics.

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DipHE Paramedic Practice (level 5)

BSc Paramedic Practice (level 6)

Module title

Credit value

Notes

Cardiac Care for Paramedics

30

 

Clinical Decision Making for Paramedics

30

 

Evidence Based Practice for Paramedics

30

Mandatory for all enrolled students before completing the BSc (hons)

Resuscitation Theory for Paramedics

30

 

Paramedic Medicines to Practice

30

 

Healthcare Perspectives in Mass Casualty Management

30

 

Admissions Avoidance

30

 

120 credits are required at level 6. We also recognise the importance of being to study other modules delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE). This allows you flexibility to specialise in certain subjects such as primary care. Although there is a broad range to choose from, up to 60 credits can be selected from the BSc Health Care Practice.

We recommend the following modules for students hoping to specialise in the primary care practitioner role, which are delivered by other teams within the FHSCE.

Modules from BSc Healthcare Practice

Level

Credit value

Notes

Clinical Reasoning in Physical Assessment (CRIPA)

6

30

10 face to face days

Minor Injury Management

6

15

5 face to face days

Student must first complete CRIPA

Minor Illness: assessment and management

6

15

5 face to face days

Student must first complete CRIPA

Apply for this course directly through the workforce development (CPPD) team.

How to apply

Students need to submit their application online here:* https://applycpd.com/KUSGUL/courses/110162

*This link will change every academic year.

For any questions about the application process, please contact the WFD Admissions team at wfdadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk.

Further guidance notes

You can apply for modules one at a time or identify a number of modules when you first apply. Either of these options can be included on the application form.

You can book onto a module up to 4 weeks before it starts.

If you are paying independently or have received direct support from your employer (ie they have paid you the money towards fees), then mark the application form as self-funded.

If you are receiving a bursary or sponsorship where your employer will be paying your fees, please mark the form with this highlighted.

For London Ambulance Service staff who have or will be awarded funds from the 2015 bursary scheme, please indicate what percentage of your total fees will be self-funded and what percentage will be drawn from the LAS pre-paid account. We will then cross-reference your name against a list of names provided by the LAS.

If you have any further questions, please contact the course lead by emailing Matthew A. Thomas at M.A.Thomas@sgul.ac.uk 

Covid-19 safety guidelines

  1. Get your shot 
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can to protect yourself and others.
    • Vaccinations services are available in the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's hospital.
  2. Wear a mask
    • Use a face covering when in communal or crowded areas to protect our community.
    • Type II masks are required on campus and available on site.
  3. Make space
    • Keep your distance when possible to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  4. Take a test
    • Get tested twice a week to keep our community safe.
    • LFD test kits are available from the University reception Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. 

Our priority is to keep our students and staff safe and support their wellbeing, while protecting our community from the risks of Covid-19 on our site, based inside a hospital. We have listened to feedback and preferences from our student community about St George’s as a place to study.

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans, but our approach is designed to make it possible to continue with much of the on-campus teaching planned. If we do need to make changes, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

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Location of study

There are no changes to the location of study.

How the course is being delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place.

All students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas.

Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place.  

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress. 

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the university’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams. 

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders.

Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course.

Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere.

In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here.

There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team

There are no placements associated with this course and just 3 days are planned on-site for the academic year 2021/22.  

Course length

The course duration has not changed.

Assessments

There are no changes to course assessments.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on this course page.

Course timetable

Paramedic Practice is a WFD course and as such follows a timetable that is consistent with previous years. 

Students will typically undertake 2 30 credit modules in each academic year and therefore start/finish dates are impossible to predict.  

Module teaching days are once per week and take place on a Tuesday or Wednesday and run for between 6 to 8 weeks.  

Term dates

Consenting to these changes

At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited.

We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.  If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance.

We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.   

Making a complaint

If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.

If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure

“I have found online studying to be quite successful for me. You can interact with your peers and lecturers as you usually would, but all from the comfort of your home. ”

- Jennifer, Medicine (MBBS) student, 4th year

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Duration

Part time, flexible

Application Deadline

No deadline

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