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2019/2020 entry

DipHE Paramedic Practice

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed

The government has not yet confirmed fee information for 2019/20.

Course type

DipHE

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: H148

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Two years full time

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. The course starts in January 2019.

  • 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 £1.6 million 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

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
  • Complexities 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

​We are looking for evidence of understanding the wider context of the role, as Paramedic practice involves working individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The aim is to provide care, treatment and support to people who have experienced unexpected health problems.

We want applicants to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the profession, who will provide excellent care and treatment. We also require evidence of relevant experience in the field of health care. This may have been paid employment, voluntary or personal experience, but we will expect you to be able to communicate specific details of these caring opportunities.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a student and ultimately as a registered paramedic. In addition, essential aspects are excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns.

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to balance and combine academic study, clinical work and family/social life.

At the present time, LJMU are able to offer direct entry to the second year of the programme under existing RP(E)L arrangement with North West Ambulance Service to existing Emergency Medical Technicians Level 2 and Emergency Medical Technicians Level 1. The Emergency Medical Technicians level 1 must hold a Certificate in Higher Education in Urgent and Emergency Care.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission. Failure to confirm you hold a full driving licence on your personal statement will result in your application being unsuccessful.

What happens if you are shortlisted:

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection process consisting of an individual interview which will include questions about the values and principles of the NHS Constitution.

Other information:

If successful, in addition to any conditions, all offers will be subject to: Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you direct to undertake this.

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure (formally CRB)

We will contact you direct to undertake this and further information can be found at www.disclosure.gov.uk

You hold a full UK manual driving licence and provisional/full C1 entitlement. In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions if successful after interview.
Important information about the programme:

There is an expectation that you will fully prepare for employment with the ambulance service over the two years of the programme. You will be expected as part of the programme to complete a series of assessments involving moving and handling techniques. The assessments will be on going, in practice and within the university. This is necessary to ensure that you have sufficient physical ability to cope with extreme work demands as and when these occur and to minimise the health risks / injury known to exist within low fitness groups when regularly engaged in such hard physical work. The university will offer support through theory and practice.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
  • Average A Level offer: BBC

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area. Points can be gained from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
  • FETAC acceptability: The following modules must be achieved at Distinction:
  • Introduction to Nursing, Human Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology

Additional entry requirement information

​All applicants are shortlisted based on qualifications (achieved and/or predicted) in the first instance. We will then check you have evidenced that you hold a full UK manual driving licence as part of your personal statement. If you meet the crtieria in terms of qualifications and you have evidenced that you hold a full UK driving licence, we will then shortlist on the basis of your personal statement and reference. If you are invited to an interview you will need to produce your full driving licence. Following a successful interview you will need meet all the additional criteria above including evidence of holding a provisional C1 driving licence.
 
Failure to confirm you hold a full driving licence on your personal statement will result in your application being unsuccessful. Failure to meet any of the conditions above will result in your application being unsuccessful. Please note: The full C1 element on your licence is required at the point of employment with an Ambulance Trust, C1 training is not part of the paramedic programme at the university.
 
We accept Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) and Extended Project Stand Alone qualifications. We will also accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications.
 
Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.

Emergency Medical Technicians Level 2 must have more than two years’ experience. Emergency Medical Technicians Level 1, who hold a Certificate in Higher Education in Urgent and Emergency Care, will also be eligible to apply if they have had a minimum of two years’ experience within the emergency and urgent care setting. 

Will I be interviewed?

Interview required

IELTS

Overall score is 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component

Can this course be deferred?

No

Is a DBS check required?

Yes

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees - 2019/20 fees are not currently available

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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 within six months of graduating (DHLE 2016/17).

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.

International study

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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