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Diploma in Paramedic Science: Standard pathway

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This OU diploma is made up of 120 credits.

What you will study

Stage 1

There are three compulsory modules in this diploma.

In the first – Human biology (SK277)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V20-1,module,SK277,,1 (30 credits) – you’ll explore human biology in relation to health and disease, how systems of the body interact, how they can fail, and how medical interventions can help. We recommend that alongside this, you study Developing your paramedic practice (S211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V20-1,module,S211,,1. This 60-credit work-based module will improve your practical paramedic skills and develop your understanding of the science and theory that underpins them.

The final module The science of the mind: investigating mental health (SDK228)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.V20-1,module,SDK228,,1 (30 credits) looks at mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia, and questions the traditional medical model of mental health, with its reliance on drug treatment – comparing it with alternative ideas, including the biopsychosocial model.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes two years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take up to seven years. 


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