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Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences: Standard pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory work-based module Health sciences in practice (S110)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,S110,,1 (60 credits), which will develop your understanding of the science underpinning your professional practice. You’ll also learn valuable transferable skills, including IT skills to help you operate effectively in the modern workplace; and numerical skills enabling you to make essential calculations with accuracy and confidence. The module explains the regulations and science for safe working, enabling you to become a safer practitioner. You’ll improve your teamwork and communication skills (vital to effective healthcare practice); develop your problem-solving abilities; and learn how to make evidence-based decisions.

Alternatively, if you are an experienced paramedic practitioner, we recommend that you study the work-based module Demonstrating practice in health sciences (SZL110)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,SZL110,,1 (60 credits) which will allow you to use your prior emergency care experience to demonstrate your understanding of the science underpinning your professional practice.

Alongside S110 or SZL110 we recommend that you study the 30-credit module Introducing health sciences: a case study approach (SDK125)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,SDK125,,1. This key introductory module explores the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability in a global context, through seven case studies: water and health in an overcrowded world; pain; alcohol; screening for breast cancer; chronic lung disease; trauma and accidents; and visual impairment.

You’ll complete your Stage 1 studies with the 30-credit module Topics in health sciences (SK143)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,SK143,,1, covering topics such as cardiovascular diseases and understanding cancers.

Stage 2

Stage 2 begins with Developing your paramedic practice (S211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,S211,,1, a work-based learning module covering legal and ethical issues in practice; quality assurance and audit; evidence-based practice and research methodology; introductory biochemistry and enzymology; pharmacology; and pathophysiology. You’ll also study practical applications such as patient and wound assessment, trauma and advanced airway management, critical care transfer and clinical decision-making – and you’ll learn how to manage conflict. Finally, you’ll research and write up a project on a health topic that particularly interests you.

Your health sciences theoretical study will be covered by two 30-credit modules. In Human biology (SK277)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,SK277,,1 you’ll examine the physiology of different body systems and the coordination between them; how systems can fail; and which medical interventions can be successful. The science of the mind: investigating mental health (SDK228)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W08-1,module,SDK228,,1  looks at mental health conditions such as depression and dementia and challenges the medical model of mental health with its reliance on drug treatment, contrasting it with ideas from the field of health psychology.

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 four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take up to 12 years.


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