Diploma in Paramedic Science
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The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose qualifications are out of date. This diploma course shares the same modules as the Level 2 component of the Foundation Degree and Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences, and offers a similar higher education experience. In particular, the combination of theory and work-based learning promotes the underpinning of practice with relevant, up-to-date theory.
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OU Diplomas are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the most popular route into a career in teaching at secondary level in Scotland.
You can use an OU Diploma to:
enhance or progress your current career to gain professional recognition.
This diploma is restricted to students who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.
Additional information about this diploma, including its registration requirements, can be found on the Health Sciences Foundation Degree and Diploma of Higher Education
Career relevance and employability
The needs of experienced staff already employed in paramedic practice are central to the development of the Diploma in Paramedic Science. It values and builds on your existing experience, and will benefit both you and your workplace by enhancing your skills base. This diploma course offers a continuing professional development opportunity for practising paramedics who are already HCPC-registered. It will be especially valuable if you feel that your professionalism would be enhanced by a more thorough knowledge of the science underpinning your practice.
There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the
OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication and look at our OU study and your career subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
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It is not possible to apply online to study for this qualification. For more information, read
our entry requirements for this qualification.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
You cannot count credit for study you have already completed elsewhere towards this qualification.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Diploma in Paramedic Science and will be entitled to use the letters Dip Para Sci (Open) after your name.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our
Essential Documents website.
If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read
Distance learning explained.