Paramedic Practice DipHE

Paramedic Practice DipHE

School of Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    B781; Short form: DipHE/Para

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

If you like variety, work well under pressure and want to work in medical care, this could be the perfect course for you. Learn the essential lifesaving skills required to work as a paramedic practitioner on this popular and well-established course. Delivered in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), you’ll be involved in clinical simulation and placements in the NHS preparing you to deal with a range of situations, from minor wounds to serious injuries caused by a major road or rail accident. This course will prepare you to work in challenging and constantly changing environments; to interact with the public and other emergency staff and to contribute to out-of-hospital care in the future.

The current 2 year DipHE course in paramedic practice delivered at UCLan is currently under review. We are currently developing a 3-year BSc (Hons) programme in paramedic science to commence September 2018 (pending successful validation). More information will be found here in the very near future. 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

300 points at A2
BTEC: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access course with Distinction in 30 Level 3 Credits
GCSE Maths/English (Functional Skills 2 Maths & English, Key Skills 3 Communication & Application of Number)

Aged 18 years or over at the start of the course
Permanent UK resident status
Full and clean UK manual driver’s licence which must be presented at interview
Provisional C1 entitlement must also be held by the course commencement date

Entry Requirements 2017/18

120 UCAS tariff points at A2
BTEC - Distinction, Distinction, Merit = 128 UCAS tariff points
Access to HE Diploma: with Distinction in 30 Level 3 Credits
GCSE Maths/English at Grade C or equivalent (Functional skills L2 or Key Skills L3)

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Learning to learn
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ethics, law and professionalism
  • Introduction to paramedic practice
  • Applying skills in the out-of-hospital setting
  • Safeguarding vulnerable people in the out-of-hospital setting

Year 2

  • Emergency care of children and women
  • Assessment and management of the acutely ill adult
  • Managing traumatic injuries
  • Applying evidence and research to paramedic practice
  • Community engagement

Further Information

The course will offer you the opportunity to develop a wide range of clinical skills each year, with underpinning theoretical knowledge. The focus is on the out-of-hospital emergency care and primary care setting.

Our student selection process is underpinned by  the National  Values Based Recruitment strategy .The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is  consistent with the NHS values i.e : working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts. 


All our lecturers are either qualified paramedics or specialists in emergency care.

In Year 1 you will study a broad range of clinical scenarios found in the out-of-hospital setting and gain relevant knowledge, clinical skills and behaviours for initial scene and patient assessment, and appropriate therapeutic interventions. This is supported by an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. An introduction to the development, structure and function of contemporary health services, alongside preparation for practice within complex multidisciplinary teams, completes the year.

In Year 2 you will develop their skills further to help prepare for the transition into professional practice. This will be supported by focused modules on accident and emergency care ensuring a broader understanding of medical problems and illnesses that will be encountered in practice. Broader themes are developed in exploring research and evidence-based practice alongside the development of organisational and management themes.

Gain a University award and register as a Paramedic with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) upon completion of this diploma.

In clinical practice, you’ll be allocated to Lancashire or Cumbria Divisions of NWAS, and will experience a range of supporting clinical placements in the Ambulance Trusts, in hospitals and in primary care settings.

The diploma runs over two full years and provides a balanced theory and practice focus throughout. 

Useful links

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: Non-standard fees apply to this course.

Successful applicants will have their fees paid by the Health Education North West (HENW) and you will need to apply for a Student Loan via Student Finance England for living costs.

Please note that fees are under review.

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the College of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The College of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Industry Links

This course has been designed and developed in partnership with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

Learning Environment and Assessment

Each year you will be based both at the University and in practice placements. Placements will be provided across a wide geographical area. You will be observing practice, working under supervision and participating in practice at different times of the day and night. Weekends may also be utilised on occasion. To facilitate a broad range of practical experience, you may be required to travel some distance to your clinical placement. You will learn by lectures, practical skills based training, seminars and group activities. You will also be required to compile a course profile throughout the course that will provide a complete picture of all activities and learning achieved over the programme. You will use eLearn to access web based information and materials.

During both years of the course, a number of modules are assessed in both theory and practice. Theory assessment is by essays, reports, case study analysis and examinations. Practical skills will be assessed using simulated clinical incidents and clinical examinations. Clinical practice will be assessed in practice by paramedics, nurses and doctors as appropriate. You must complete a practice assessment document and produce and maintain an e-portfolio.


Successful completion will enable you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and follow a career as a paramedic within the ambulance service. A career in the operational ambulance service offers secure employment, continuing education and training, excellent working conditions and the prospects of promotion.