Why study with us?

Are you a paramedic looking for continuing professional development? 

This course has been developed in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service to meet the educational needs of paramedics. We understand the need for a flexible approach to learning and the demands of shift work. You may be in work and want to broaden your knowledge and skills and improve your career prospects. We can provide you with a flexible solution to your study needs. You would study this course part-time, through distance learning and work-based learning

Here at the University of Cumbria we have been providing continuing professional development for paramedics since 2000. The course is delivered by subject specialism team members with extensive experience in distance learning.

What can this course lead to?

Having completed the Graduate Diploma Developing Paramedic Practice, you could consider moving on to a Masters degree. The MSc Practice Development: Enhancing Paramedic Practice is an ideal progression.

We also have a good range of stand alone modules and awards, which could be supportive of your continuing professional development, on subjects such as:

  • Leadership and organisational change
  • Respiratory assessment and management
  • Service improvement
  • Teamwork Personal effectiveness
  • Pharmacology and prescribing practice
  • First contact and emergency care.

This qualification will enable you to pursue a career at more senior level. Graduates of this course have gone on to become Senior, Advanced and Remote Paramedics.

Students who exit the programme having completed 60 credits of study may be eligible for the award of a University Advanced Diploma Practice Development.

Resources and facilities

We are amongst the UK’s leading health and science faculties and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff.

If you join us you will enjoy great facilities and learn alongside caring, committed and experienced professionals. Our employment record is excellent. Recently, our NHS related provision underwent a major review by the Quality Assurance Agency and we achieved the highest possible rating.

Have a look at our learning resources for paramedics.


If you are employed within NHS North West and this module is to be funded by your employing Trust, please contact your Line Manager and CPD Lead for advice relating to funding and the funding application process.