Enhanced Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons)

Enhanced Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons)
The aim of this top-up programme is to give existing paramedic practitioners the opportunity to widen their academic portfolios, as well as build upon clinical knowledge through the integration of theory and practice. It aims to enable the Paramedic to lead and develop out-of-hospital care, and to be able to critically appraise their own and others’ practice.  

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: Two to five years.


School of Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

January, September,

Entry Requirements:
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a paramedic.

Minimum of 12 months post-registration experience working as a paramedic.

Evidence of achievement of a DipHE in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

Evidence of continuing professional development during clinical career.

DBS Checks:

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The aim of this course is to enhance the knowledge and skills of the paramedic. It aims to enable the Paramedic to lead and develop out-of-hospital care, and to be able to critically appraise their own and others’ practice. 

Just over a decade ago the Government published The Plan: a plan for investment and a plan for reform (DoH 2000) with the aim of creating a health service fit for the 21st century. This vision shaped the beginning of a climate of change by examining the service's responsiveness to the needs of its users, measured levels of quality, widened its accessibility and provided guidance for the service and its staff in accomplishing its target. Key components of the guidance included clear leadership, new ways of working and most importantly investment in its current workforce to develop skilled practitioners and teams with the knowledge and skills required to deliver excellence in care.

Peter Bradley’s document - Taking Healthcare to the Patient (DoH 2005) endorsed the need for a transformation of current service provision and for the development Paramedic practice. This became the corner stone of modernisation within the Ambulance Service, not only in relation to clinical practice but academic development and career pathways for Paramedic practitioners. With this in mind the BSc (Hons) Developing Paramedic Practice has been designed not only to develop individuals, but to influence the NHS service as a whole.

The programme is made up of 5 core modules which accrue a total of 120 credits at Level 6. The programme is designed to offer a two or three year part-time pathway, however these options are not prescriptive and some flexibility is available for students with up to a maximum of 5 years in which to complete the programme. Students choosing to adopt an alternative pathway would need to speak with the course leader to discuss the practicality of their proposed plan of study.

Modules (pathway is tailored to the individual)
  • Pathophysiology Applied to Practice (20 credits) 
  • Developing Leadership Skills (20 credits) 
  • Valuing Research (20 credits)
  • Enhanced Clinical Paramedic Practice (20 credits)  
  • Work based Project (20 credits)

Option module (20 credits) including:
  • Safeguarding and protection of Children
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Safe and Effective Transfer
  • Multiprofessional support for learning and assessment in practice
  • Minor Injury Management
  • The Trauma Care Continuum

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Classroom based learning will be interspersed with practical demonstrations and practice within the clinical skills laboratories.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including exams, essays, presentations, posters, case study analyses and clinical examinations.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

This course is designed for qualified paramedics who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills in order to be potentially eligible for senior paramedic positions at AFC Band 6.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the College of Health and Wellbeing.

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839