Paramedic Practice

Paramedic Practice DipHE

Delivered in collaboration with North West Ambulance Service, our 2-year diploma programme is delivered by a team of highly experienced paramedics, critical care nurses, a dual qualified paramedic/midwife and the Trustee Official for Education with the College of Paramedics.

With a focus on pre-hospital care, you will learn and develop your clinical and critical thinking skills over the course of the programme. Our programme places you in a variety of educational settings, which, in addition to traditional lectures, include simulated settings (on-campus) and clinical placements with the North West Ambulance Service, as well as a variety of other health care providers. The programme is specifically focused on enhancing your educational experience and preparing you for the transition into professional practice.


North West Ambulance Service and the Practice Educators work closely with us throughout the programme enabling a student/employer relationship to begin very early in the academic process.


Academic progression opportunity to BSc (Hons) Top Up in Enhanced Paramedic Practice.


The course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • UCAS Code:

    B782 (Please note: The course starts in January 2019 but applicants will need to apply for B782 Sept 2019 start on UCAS)

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS Points)
Pass Access Course: 30 level 3 credits


GCSE: Maths and English at grade C/4 or equivalent (functional skills level 2 or key skills level 3)

Driving Licence needs to be passed before interview

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DBS Checks

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty 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 Faculty 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.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Learning to Learn
  • Introduction to Paramedic Practice
  • Medicines Management
  • Law and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children

Year 2

  • Assessment and Management of the Acutely Unwell Adult
  • Emergency Care of Children and Women
  • Managing Traumatic Injuries
  • Applying Evidence and Research to Paramedic Practice
  • Community Engagement


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.

Practice placement accounts for 50% of the programme, with North West Ambulance Service, and other providers, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient transport services
  • Mental Health
  • Emergency Department
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics

Rob Evans

Paramedic Practice, DipHE 2014

With a Diploma from UCLan, Rob gained employment with North West Ambulance Service as a paramedic working in Manchester before joining the ambulance service in Lancashire. Rob was drawn to UCLan because he knew it was aware of the University's strong track record of paramedic education and its current delivery of paramedic practice courses. In addition, he adds that UCLan "had very good links with the local ambulance service offering a good degree of varied clinical placements."

Ruth Thomas

Paramedic Practice, DipHE 2014

Paramedic Practice graduate Ruth Thomas explains what she enjoyed the most about her course and what skills she gained.  I enjoyed learning the theory and the reasoning behind why certain drugs or treatments are appropriate in different situations.  It helped me move from knowing what treatment to administer, to knowing why that treatment was appropriate, and being able to bring the theory and practice together, allowing me to feel confident in my role and my actions in practice.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Health Sciences
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 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 2018/19 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.