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Diploma in Paramedic Science

This diploma is designed for experienced HCPC-registered paramedic staff, who lack academic qualifications at this level or whose qualifications are out of date. It combines distance and work-based learning to underpin practice with relevant, up-to-date theory. You’ll study a wide range of topics around physical and mental health and illness; explore issues such as legal frameworks, ethics and codes of practice; and consider the implications for your own practice.

Key features of the course

  • Provides a thorough grounding in the science that underpins effective paramedic practice
  • Builds on your existing skills, enhancing your professionalism and employability
  • Practice learning takes place in your own work context
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study.

If you want to study paramedic science but are not yet HCPC-registered, we recommend the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences (X08) (or the Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences (W08) if you’re in Scotland).

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Diploma

Course code
V20
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
120
How long it takes
Part time – 2 years
Time limit – 7 years
Study method
Distance learning
Course cost
See Fees & funding
Entry requirements
For details see Am I ready?

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To register for this qualification, please refer to the entry requirements and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service (online registration is not available).

Next start date Oct 2014 - Registration closes 18/09/2014

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Course details

This certificate of higher education comprises 120 credits (equivalent to one year's full-time university study).                                   

Stage 1 (120 credits)

Practice learning focuses on legal and ethical issues, quality assurance and audit, evidence-based practice and research methodology, introductory biochemistry and enzymology, pharmacology and pathophysiology – and on practical applications like patient and wound assessment, trauma and advanced airway management, critical care transfer, clinical decision-making and managing conflict. You’ll also study modules in human biology and mental health.


Compulsory modules (120 credits)


The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

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

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

On completion

On completion of this undergraduate course, you will be awarded the Diploma in Paramedic Science.

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.


Entry requirements

This diploma is restricted to students who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.

General study skills

Anyone can study with The Open University, but if it's a while since you did any academic work it's worth checking that your time management, computing and English skills are up to speed. Visit Can I do it? to find out more.

How much will it cost?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

The fee information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2015. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

Additional costs

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how you can pay. That’s why we offer a wide range of flexible payment and funding options to help make study more affordable than you might think. Options include Tuition Fee Loans (also known as student loans), monthly payment plans and employer sponsorship. 

We’re confident we can help you find an option that’s right for you.

Just answer these simple questions to find out more about the options available to you.




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British Forces

  • Only currently serving members of the British armed forces, who are temporarily and unavoidably working abroad and using BFPO addresses, are eligible to pay UK course fees for the total time spent outside the UK. Other students who are able to use BFPO addresses need to contact the Student Registration and Enquiry Service (SRS) Pricing Area Team on +44 (0)845 300 6090 for UK fee eligibility to be assessed.
 

An OU qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.

Skills for career development

The Diploma in Paramedic Science was developed to meet the needs of experienced staff already employed in paramedic practice. 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.

Career relevance

As well as helping you to be more skilled and knowledgeable in your existing workplace, this diploma course is also relevant to people seeking a different role within or outside of the NHS. These include emergency services leadership and management positions, specialist work in rapid-response or air ambulance units, and careers in other uniformed services such as the armed forces, police and fire services.

Other careers

People with science qualifications are well placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific jobs. The logical, reasoned approach needed for science study is relevant to a wide range of financial, business and public sector employment.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills. 

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your diploma):

  • adult nurse
  • emergency planning/management officer
  • firefighter
  • health promotion specialist
  • health visitor
  • hospital doctor
  • mental health nurse
  • midwife
  • paramedic 
  • paediatric nurse
  • prison officer
  • ambulance care assistant
  • emergency services team leader
  • operational manager
  • paramedic science lecturer.

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.

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