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Duration

Part time, flexible

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

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.

The course is awarded by St George's, University of London and delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

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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.

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

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 BSc (hons) Paramedic Practice 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 BSc (hons) Paramedic Practice.

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 BSc (hons) Paramedic Practice. 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. Please note that additional modules will be made available in the 2016-2017 academic year. Subject to change, these are likely to be modules in Mentorship and Leadership and in Environmental and Violent Incidents delivered at level 6.

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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

You will need to fill in an application form.

The application form and all supporting documentation should be emailed to: ppdadmissions@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 8 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 alan.rice@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

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Duration

Part time, flexible

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

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