Paramedic Practises - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

DipHE Paramedic Practice

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: NHS-funded

Course type


UCAS info

UCAS code: B781

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

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About your course

The DipHE Paramedic Practice at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to help you acquire the critical skills, experience and confidence needed to work effectively at the frontline of patient care.

  • Course developed in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)
  • 50% of the course spent in supervised and supported clinical practice
  • Practical placements in A&E departments, ambulances, health centres, operating theatres and critical care facilities
  • Graduate eligibility to apply for Health and Care Professions Council registration
  • New £1.6million clinical practice suites on campus

I feel that this programme really makes a difference in enabling the student to acquire the knowledge, skills and professionalism required to fulfil the role of a HPC registered Paramedic.

Jason Comber, Practice Education Facilitator , Cheshire & Mersey Area, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS

The tutors really prepared me for the challenges I would face as a Paramedic and made sure I was supported every step of the way. I’m thankful for the part they played in landing me a job that I love.

Ellie McKechnie, graduate

Work-related learning

Your practice placements are integral to this programme and you will spend 50% of your time in supervised and supported clinical practice.

You will experience a range of shift patterns. Placements will include frontline emergency care, accident and emergency departments, health centres, ambulance control centres, hospital operating theatres, and critical care facilities.

Placements will be in Merseyside and Cheshire, we cannot guarantee that all placements will be close to your term time address. Your term time address must be within 1 and a half hours travel of the campus.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will have support from paramedics and other healthcare staff who will be your mentors during your clinical placements. In addition, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor at LJMU, who will give you feedback on how you are progressing with your studies and help you to plan for your educational and career development.

Course details

Paramedics have a highly responsible and demanding professional role and working in this dynamic and unpredictable environment calls for the ability to think laterally while working within clinical guidelines.

You will learn how to assess and treat a wide range of patients with a variety of acute and long term conditions, both medical and trauma-related. Working alongside other health professionals and emergency services, you will develop strong leadership skills and the ability to work independently, as well as being a member of a team. A good level of physical fitness is paramount as moving and handling of patients and equipment is an essential part of the role.

We have developed this course with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust in response to the demands of the continuously developing role of the paramedic. NWAS is the largest ambulance service outside London, providing emergency care for 7 million people across the region and responding to 952,000 calls each year.

As you progress under supervision you will be challenged to adapt quickly as situations change. The course will help you develop the clinical skills, underpinning knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to care for people in distressing circumstances. Ultimately you will have the confidence to work effectively and independently.

We utilise many practice areas within the Merseyside and Cheshire area, which include NWAS, accident and emergency departments, health centres, hospital operating theatres, maternity units, paediatric facilities, mental health facilities and critical care facilities.

The University has recently invested nearly £4 million pounds refurbishing the Faculty teaching and learning spaces including a £1.6 million refurbishment to provide excellent practice suites, including:  

  • Eight Professional Practice Suites equipped with an extensive range of clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in nursing, paramedic practice and midwifery
  • One of the suites includes a fully fitted replica ambulance

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

The following modules are subject to validation and may change.

Level 4

  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Sciences
  • Perspectives of Health
  • Professional Studies
  • Foundations of Patient Care
  • Developing Paramedic Practice
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Developing Patient Care

Level 5

  • Applied Paramedic Science
  • Research Methodologies for Paramedics
  • Mentorship for Paramedics
  • Essential Paramedic Practice
  • Advancing Paramedic Practice
  • Application of Pharmacology
  • Complexiites of Paramedic Practice

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Work-based learning is integral to this programme and you will spend 50% of your time in supervised and supported clinical practice, experiencing the full 24-hour working pattern.

LJMU’s new clinical practice suites will enable you to train on-campus using hospital-standard facilities, including virtual patients. The Suites show a patient’s journey from a home environment through to rehabilitation. They cover a range of areas with the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development. This environment will help prepare you for the rigours and realism of actual practice, giving you the confidence to deal with real service users in the NHS, private and voluntary settings.

Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

You will be taught by a combination of experienced academics, paramedics and other health care professionals. Paramedic practitioners will act as mentors to help you develop professional skills during clinical practice.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the module being studied.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include essays, portfolios, projects, seminar presentations, scenarios, clinical appraisals, examinations and demonstration of practical competencies.

You will get detailed feedback from all assignments. For written assignments this is through a report from your module leader and you will receive a specific mark. Some aspects of the programme involve pass or fail assessments, these usually relate to practice. The team will fully prepare you to manage these varying methods of assessment.


The Diploma in Higher Education in Paramedic Practice has been developed in conjunction with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) which means it is funded a bit differently from other LJMU courses.

New entrants on this course will be funded by a combination of support from the Department of Health (who will fund your tuition fees) and the Student Loans Company who will fund your living costs via grants and loans

This means you should apply for your living cost support via the website.

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria your tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU by the Department of Health.

Please note: If you have studied at university before (regardless of where in the world this study took place and however it was funded), you should seek advice before starting another course as you may not be funded for any further study.

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Career prospects

You will enjoy excellent career prospects after graduation with a diploma in Paramedic Practice.

Successful completion of the course will mean you are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a paramedic. You may wish to top up your qualification by progressing onto a one year BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development. Recent graduates all secured employment with the NWAS NHS Trust.

You may wish to top up your qualification by progressing onto a one year BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development. Recent graduates all secured employment with the NWAS NHS Trust.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.


Professional accreditation / links

The Paramedic Practice programme at LJMU is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a regulatory body that approves education programmes. It is endorsed by the College of Paramedics (CoP), the professional body that represents and leads the paramedic profession.

Please note that successful completion of a programme does not automatically lead to being able to join the HCPC register but it does ensure that you are eligible to apply for it.

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International Scholarships

International and non-UK EU nationals should check the NHS bursary website for details on residency conditions:

NHSBSA website

If you have any further queries, please contact the International Office on 0151 231 6357.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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