This accelerated programme has been specially designed for currently practicing pre hospital care practitioners from a range of backgrounds; including Institute of Health Care and Development (IHCD) Ambulance Technicians, Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) and Combat Medical Technicians (CMT1), to prepare for practice as a paramedic.
On successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.
This course will enable you to become a knowledgeable, skilled and competent Paramedic - able to practice both within the NHS and other sectors.
You'll need to apply directly to the University for this course.
“The staff are approachable, knowledgeable and most importantly have all recently worked on the front line and practice at an advanced level, which means relevant and realistic advice and education of a higher standard as you prepare to take on a huge responsibility.”
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 4 November. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.
Hold one of the following qualifications or an equivalent (equivalents will be considered)
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
|DipHE||Aug 2017||FT||1 year||£9,250|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
If you are not being accredited for prior learning you will need to complete the level 4 module for which there is an additional fee of £626.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
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Course delivery will be in blocks of study alternating with clinical practice placements.
Transition to Academic and Professional Practice
This module focuses upon the principles and responsibilities that underpin your practice as an aspiring professional registrant with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will also introduce you to some of the topics that underpin care within the National Health Service (NHS). This Module is delivered online, with a minimum of 2 face to face sessions at the University and must be completed successfully in order to progress to Level 5 modules.
This module builds on your experience, it allows you to explore the application of this knowledge in situations of injury and illness. You will have the opportunity to investigate the use of pharmacological interventions specific to Paramedicine and its use in effective care delivery, this knowledge will then continue to develop throughout the other modules you will engage in throughout the year.
Clinical Decision Making and Diagnosis
This module is designed to enable you to develop relevant knowledge and skills relating to the safe management of acute medical emergencies, with a key focus on advanced diagnostic testing in Paramedic practice
Using the Evidence Base to Support Practice
The focus of this module is on finding, critically reviewing and selecting from the available research to identify credible evidence for your professional practice and personal development.
Effective Pre-Hospital Care Across the Lifespan
As a paramedic, you will need to engage with a variety of patients and carers in your communities and the focus of this module to explore specialist areas of pre-hospital care across the life span including gynaecology, pre- and post-natal emergencies, paediatric and elderly care
Transition to Paramedic Practice
This module is intended to build on the fundamental knowledge and skills you have already developed and allow you to work towards achieving the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council.
Introduction to Bioscience
A sound understanding of applied human physiology, organic chemistry and pharmacology is essential for developing a high standard of patient care in clinical practice and thus an important part of your role as a future registered Paramedic
Preparation for Clinical Practice
The module will prepare you as a novice clinician to participate safely and effectively in clinical care and to support the paramedic in the pre-hospital environment.
Foundations of Paramedic Practice
The module will prepare you as a novice clinician to participate safely and effectively in clinical care and to support the paramedic in the pre-hospital environment.
Community Based Practice
This module is designed to allow you to explore how biopsychosocial models and determinants of health, including the factors that influence social differences, needs and inequality, impact on an individual in health and illness.
Developing Clinical Practice
This module is intended to further develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required for paramedic practice at level 4, and allow you to work towards achieving the competencies outlined by the College of Paramedics’ Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of proficiency: Paramedics
We offer a balance of both the academic, evidence-based approach to health care but also the hands-on real-world training you will need to enter this vital and fast-moving part of the health service. In all, you are required to undertake a minimum of 225 demonstrable supernumerary practice based hours; and students should consider that outside of this requirement extensive further experience, as a supervised student Paramedic, may be required in order to demonstrate practice competence in the clinical setting.
You’ll learn via a carefully designed mix of academic and clinical modules and a rolling series of practical placements, with a mixture of lectures and project work designed to help you become employable within the NHS– capable, competent practitioners steeped in the ‘6 Cs’ values of the NHS Constitution. To get there, we’ll teach you applied anatomy and physiology knowledge and skills for Paramedic science, as well as paramedic care of the trauma patient, pre-hospital coronary care, and women and children’s health. We will also expose you to issues around evidence-based paramedic practice, negotiating health and social care needs, as well as pharmacology for paramedic science.
You’ll also build on your research, leadership and clinical reasoning skills, while discovering the legal and ethical framework of today’s healthcare culture.
You will develop the interpersonal and communication skills that complement your science-based knowledge - crucial when it comes to putting your patient at ease and making you an effective collaborative member of your professional team.
These are more formal sessions that will introduce new information.
Collaboration is central to the work of all health care practitioners and underpins the delivery of high quality care. You will experience working and learning with other professional groups.
You will complete placement hours in areas that have been deemed safe, suitable and which offers the best opportunities for your education and support
The Dip HE Paramedic Science programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Paramedic and upon successful completion have eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.
Graduate Mark McDonagh tells of the helpful staff and excellent facilities on the DipHE Paramedic Science course at Birmingham City University.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
Graduate Stuart Batham gives us a 30 second review of the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree course at Birmingham City University..
While there is no formal placement opportunity overseas; we'll support you find placements outside the UK if this is something you're interested in.
Some of our previous paramedic students have briefly studied in countries like Vietnam, for instance, while some students choose to get exposed to third world healthcare delivery via short trips to places such as Nepal, though these are not classed as part of your official training here.
After graduating from this undergraduate degree in Paramedic Science, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The modern paramedic is faced with new challenges of working in a wide variety of situations traditionally staffed by other health professionals and our course reflects this changing picture. That means you'll be able to work in the NHS, as part of an ambulance crew, or in one of the many emerging roles; for example in a minor injuries unit.
The independent sector is also rapidly developing and actively seeks to employ HCPC paramedics; giving opportunities in areas across the UK and abroad. There is also a requirement for off shore installations and ships to have medics on board and UK paramedics are filling these posts and finding themselves working on oil platforms in the Middle East and ships ranging from pirate patrols to cruise ships.
If you want to stay closer to home, the TV and film industry, motorsport event and music festival organisers all have a need for paramedics to ensure that the crew and crowds remain safe and are well cared for in case of an emergency.
Please note that you must have access to a clinical mentor who has received or is prepared to receive training from Birmingham City University in respect of the programme and support processes to maximize your clinical achievement.
There is a requirement that 750 hours of clinical exposure through practice placements is met during this course to compliment the learning at University.
While 375 (50%) of these hours can be within specialty placements, 375 (50%) hours must be with a trained and registered paramedic on an ambulance.
It is expected that a minimum of 225 hours (30%) will be undertaken as supernumerary practice based hours; and students should consider that outside of this requirement extensive further experience, as a supervised student Paramedic, may be required in order to demonstrate practice competence in the clinical setting.
We want you to be exposed to other health professionals right from the start of your career, enabling you to build a multi-disciplinary understanding of the pressures of the role. Therefore you are expected to have identified placement opportunities in operating theatres, obstetrics and ED, to support your clinical learning; the paramedic team can advise further on the processes, once you have achieved your place on the programme.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Senior Lectuer Tony Spence explains the entry routes and study requirements for the DipHE Paramedic Science course at Birmingham City University.
Student Sgt. Barry Kirklnd of the Royal Airforce explains the challenges he faced on the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree at Birmingham City University, especially coming from a non academic background.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Our teaching staff have extensive clinical and academic experience; including advanced practice and critical care which directly relates to your clinical development, as well as fostering your academic progress.
The dedicated paramedic team have not only worked in core areas of paramedic practice within the ambulance service, but also in advanced practice settings, emergency care and critical care - experience that they'll be able to share with you on the course.
We also have close ties with the College of Paramedic Practice, the professional body for the sector, and have a very active research culture.
Alex is a Specialist Paramedic with over ten years’ experience of pre-hospital practice. He joined the NHS in 2004 after a career in the private sector, and spent his early career working as an IHCD emergency medical technician in Dorset. He remained in Dorset upon completing paramedic training and later undertook post-registration development with Plymouth University in mentorship at level 6. He then worked as a Paramedic Practice Placement Educator for Student Paramedics in Dorset.
His career then moved into leadership and management, taking up various officer and management positions within the local Ambulance Service whilst continuing to practicing as a Paramedic. Having completed a BSc (Hons) with first class honours in Emergent and Urgent Care Practice (which aligns to the Skills for Health ECP framework), Alex worked as a guest lecturer at Bournemouth University and also was responsible for Open University Training within Dorset through the local ambulance service. With a commitment to developing others Alex moved full time into academia in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Education with Birmingham City University
To maintain current proficiency, Alex also continues to practice with South Western Ambulance Service as a Specialist Paramedic and Learning & Development Officer. Alex is currently engaging in his Master’s in Education.