Enhanced Paramedic Practice

Enhanced Paramedic Practice BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

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. The course is designed to integrate in-depth clinical knowledge with core skills, such as management and leadership. 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.

The BSc (Hons) Enhanced Paramedic Practice has been designed not only to develop individuals, but to influence the NHS service as a whole.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Two to five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Post-registration

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    January, September

  • A chance for paramedic practitioners to widen their academic portfolios and build their clinical knowledge.
  • Enables the Paramedic to develop out-of-hospital care, and the skills to critically appraise their own and others' practice
  • A flexible programme that offers a two or three year  part-time pathway to study around your professional career.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC
Fees for international students

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.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

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.

How to Apply

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, Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839 or Email: healthcpd@uclan.ac.uk

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Paramedic Suite

Clinical Skills Suites

Opportunities on the course

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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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.