Why study Paramedicine Top-up Degree at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Part-time course with flexible learning options to fit around your shifts and other commitments
- Delivery methods including online and distance learning, as well as face-to-face sessions
- Develop your skills, knowledge and professional attitudes in order to provide effective, evidence-based care
- Convenient city centre location, with excellent facilities
About your course
This continuing professional development top up BSc (Hons) degree in Paramedicine is ideal for qualified paramedics who want to enhance their professional knowledge and career prospects, and meet the Health and Care Professions Council requirement for all paramedic education to be at the level of BSc or equivalent.
Applicants should apply by no later than 29th July for September 2023 entry. Applications submitted after this time may not be accepted. We encourage early application to ensure there is sufficient time for the RPEL process to be completed.
This is an exciting opportunity for existing practicing HCPC registered Paramedics to build and develop your knowledge, professionalism and research skills required to enhance your current and future practice. This programme will help you to achieve the high standard expected of today's professional, enabling you to deliver high quality patient care.
Each of the team here at LJMU want you to enjoy your learning and be able to see the relevance of the theory and the links with clinical application and patient care. We deliver our modules in a variety of methods. We appreciate that students learn in differing ways and we have the experience and understanding to support each individual through the programme.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
As a paramedic, you will start to build on your experience, and may consider progression into specialist paramedic roles within the ambulance service or with employers in the wider health service. You will develop wider skills and educational pathways, which may support your future development.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Reflecting on your own and and fellow students' simulated clinical practice is a great way to help you develop skills, build confidence and prepare for real-world placements. To do this in the best way possible, we have invested in state-of-the-art recording equipment in each of our clinical practice suites and other teaching spaces. During specific modules, you will be asked to take part in the filming of both yourself and other students. The footage recorded is strictly confidential and must not be shared inappropriately or released into the public domain. Being professional and having respect for others must always be maintained. This strict confidentiality ensures you can be at ease and fully engage with your teaching and learning experiences.
Each patient bay is equipped with two cameras and a microphone so you can record yourself completing a procedure - say practicing cannulation skills or wound dressing - and then watch it back to see how you did, spotting good practice or any areas for improvement. It's truly a transformative way to learn and hone your skills!
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the university 's approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Paramedic Approach within an Integrated Urgent Care Service
This module will enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the role of a paramedic within integrated urgent care and clinical assessment services.
Expanding Research in Paramedic Practice
This module aims to expand and further develop your research knowledge and ability to design and produce a research study proposal. The proposal should direct you towards an area of study to inform your dissertation.
This module will offer you insight into healthcare leadership and the effects on practitioners within the out of hospital arena.
This module will direct the student to undertake a structured critical review in an area related to paramedic practice.
Advancing Tissue Viability
This module will equip the student with the appropriate knowledge, skills and critical understanding of tissue viability required to improve the care of individuals with, or at risk from, tissue viability problems.
Infection Control for Healthcare
This module will enhance your ability to critically appraise current policy and practice in relation to Health Care Associated Infection Prevention and Control within your professional practice.
Palliative Care for Adults
The aim of this module is to introduce palliative care principles to health and social care professionals. The module promotes high quality care for all those approaching the end of their lives whatever their condition and whatever the setting in which they may reside.
Practice Education for Paramedics
This module will enable Paramedics working in a variety of settings to develop person-centred and reflective approaches to supporting and assessing learning in practice.
The aim of the module is to evaluate programmes of care for individuals with a diagnosis of dementia. You will critically analyse the care delivered to individuals with a diagnosis of dementia, recognising the need for mental health promotion of service users, carers and families.
Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness
The module will provide an opportunity for professionals who are the first point of contact for children, young people and their families to refine and enhance their skills in the clinical assessment of this group of service users. You will gain a clinical knowledge base and possess skills that will enable you to examine children, young people and their families safely on completion of the module.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That's because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a cafe and social spaces. The Schools flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Grades/points required from qualifications: N/A
GCSEs and equivalents
- Minimum number of A Levels required: N/A
- Is general studies acceptable? N/A
- Are AS level awards acceptable? N/A
- National Certificate (RQF): N/A
- National Extended Certificate: N/A
- National Diploma (RQF): N/A
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): N/A
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: N/A
- International Baccalaureate: N/A
- Irish Leaving Certificate: N/A
- FETAC acceptability: Not applicable
- Welsh Baccalaureate: N/A
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not applicable
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.
DBS, Occupational Health requirements
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: N/A
- National Diploma: N/A
- National Extended Diploma: N/A
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registrant
The applicant must be a registrant with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.
Is a DBS check required?
Can this course be deferred?
Paramedic related qualification
The applicant will have studied at level 4 / 5 FHEQ possessing a Foundation Degree or Diploma in Higher Education in a Paramedic related qualification. To achieve this, you may apply for LJMU's process of Recognition of Prior Learning.
Reduced offer scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.
The applicant must be a registrant with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.
The applicant will have studied at level 4 / 5 FHEQ possessing a Foundation Degree or Diploma in Higher Education in a Paramedic related qualification.
To achieve this, you may apply for LJMU's process of Recognition of Prior Learning.
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.