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    An undergraduate qualification in Health and Social Care and Science.

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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Description

This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It values and builds on your experience to help you develop the knowledge, skills and competences that underpin effective practice across the paramedic science field. Your study will take an inter-disciplinary approach, with opportunities for specialisation where appropriate. You’ll also combine work-based with distance learning, enabling you to remain in employment while you study. The Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences is attuned to the NHS modernisation agenda, the Knowledge and Skills Framework and the Health and Care Professions Council’s standards of proficiency. Responsibility for your learning is shared between your employer and the Open University. We provide study materials, tutorial support and assessment, while your employer manages the practice learning element of the course. The OU can also offer support in training staff identified as workplace mentors. 

The same programme of study is also offered as the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences (X08).

Fees and facts

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Study method: Flexible, part-time study through distance learning.
Type of qualification: Diploma of Higher Education
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A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.

DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.

You can use a DipHE to:

  • change careers or progress your current career
  • gain technical and professional skills
  • gain a greater knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in
  • gain professional recognition
  • achieve a full honours degree through additional study.

The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.

Code: W08

Entry requirements

This DipHE course is only available to students in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
You must be employed in a paramedic science setting and be supported in your practice learning by your employer. For further information, employers and individuals are invited to visit the Health Sciences website or contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Career relevance and employability

This DipHE course has been developed to meet the needs of staff already employed as paramedic support workers in a health care setting, and will benefit both you and your workplace by enhancing your skills base.

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 OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Accreditation

This Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that on successful completion of the qualification, you’ll be eligible to apply to the HCPC for professional registration as a Paramedic.

Register your interest

For academic year 2014/15, registration opens on 24/04/2014. If you would like to be kept updated, you can register your interest now.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at higher education level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible, and before you register for this qualification.  

If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete this qualification. This may also mean that the next start date and the maximum time limit for this qualification are different to those shown above.

Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules students will be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences and will be entitled to use the letters Dip HE (Open) after their name.

Regulations

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:

Computing requirements

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.

Distance learning

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.

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