Apprenticeships combine university study and workplace learning to enable you to gain a Higher Education qualification.
This provision of the Higher Education qualification is integrated with experience, practice and further learning undertaken in the workplace. The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is set in each Apprenticeship Standard and is based on a minimum 30-hour week.
An apprenticeship programme integrates the provision of higher-level academic knowledge, understanding and skills with the opportunity to contextualise this provision in the workplace and thus to develop occupation competency at a professional level in specific job roles.
This programme takes a unique approach to paramedic education, where the paramedic is seen as playing an integrated role within the wider NHS.
This means that our programme is designed to provide knowledge and experiences of the different areas of the NHS. This, in turn, will ensure graduates are ready to undertake a variety of jobs within the NHS ranging from the more traditional frontline paramedic to an urgent care practitioner with a GP Practice.
This programme offers a good range of employment opportunities, within the NHS and within other organisations which deliver pre-hospital and emergency care, such as offshore sites as a remote medic, within rescue services and disaster management.
The Programme also reflects the key initiatives outlined by the NHS England (2017) Integrated Urgent Care Service Specification document, where it is recognised that interconnectivity with other services is crucial to the experiences of patients and clinical outcomes patients receive.
It is recognised that the largest workload for Paramedics is based upon Primary/Urgent care, hence this programme instils core knowledge and skills which equip you to provide a 'complete episode of care', including assessment, management, advice, in-transit care or according to referral to the most appropriate health care professional for further assessment and treatment.
The knowledge and skills developed will equip you for front line ambulance service.
Development of Academic Skills and Reflective Practice - Develop study skills that will enhance your ability to develop self-awareness as a reflective lifelong learner
Fundamental Practice and Protection of Service Users in Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care Environments - Explore the basic principles of practice for assisting in pre-hospital and emergency care, focusing on core aspects of professional conduct, behavioural emergencies and legal aspects of care and multidisciplinary team working.
Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - Learn about the structure and function of human anatomy and physiology inclusive of the major body systems.
Clinical Knowledge and Skills for Assisting with Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care - Develop your clinical knowledge and skills for assisting in a range of pre-hospital and emergency care situations, with a focus on acute exacerbations of medical conditions, conditions affecting infants, children and older adults, trauma, acute emergencies and basic life support.
Foundations for Decision Making and Legislative Aspects of Pre-Hospital Care - Develop your understanding of the processes that facilitate and influence decision making practices.
Pre Hospital and Emergency Care: Developing Evidence-Based Practice - Explore pre-hospital and emergency care, the professional roles of registered health professionals and the importance of their supporting role, including the use of therapeutic and pharmacological interventions.
Constructing Values, Skills and Competencies for the Emerging Paramedic - Undertake a period of practice development enhancing the professional values, skills and competencies essential for the Emerging Paramedic.
Developing Clinical Care, Judgement and Competence in Paramedic Practice - Develop competence in the core clinical and interpersonal skills necessary within paramedic practice for patients across the lifespan (childbirth to old age).
Pre Hospital Recognition and Management of Acute Illness and Long Term Conditions - Develop your understanding of the recognition and management principles of a range of conditions, both acute and chronic, commonly encountered in a pre hospital care environment.
Pre Hospital Care and Management of Trauma and Environmental Emergencies - Develop a deeper understanding and level of skill in the assessment, care and management of patients who have sustained traumatic injuries or who are involved in emergency situations.
Pre Hospital Care of Paediatric and Obstetric Patients - Develop an understanding of the normal physiology of the child and the pregnant woman.
Research Methods - Understand evidence based research in Paramedic Practice.
Developing Values, Skills and Competencies of the Paramedic - Undertake a period of practice development to become competent in a range of expected professional values, skills and competencies for the Developing Paramedic.
Enhancing Clinical Practice and Decision Making for the Contemporary Paramedic - Enhance your clinical decision making, assessment, and patient management skills, in relation to the contemporary role of the paramedic in providing person centred care.
Preparing the Professional Practitioner - Prepare for the professional, legal and ethical aspects that underpin autonomous practice following registration.
Holistic Approach to Patient Health and Wellbeing - Develop an understanding of the assessment, management and individualised needs for patients with mental health presentations and health and wellbeing needs.
Understanding Primary and Urgent Care - Prepare to assess the needs of a population/community both locally and nationally.
Consolidating Values, Skills and Competencies of the Paramedic - Undertake a period of practice development to become competent in a range of expected professional values, skills and competencies for the Paramedic.
Programme specification (PDF)
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
112-128 UCAS tariff points. This must include either a natural science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics or a social science (such as Sociology or Psychology). General Studies is accepted and a maximum of 16 UCAS Tariff points from one AS Level
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For more information please see the programme specification.
Please see the programme specification
Unlike conventional degrees, you will not pay tuition fees. Instead, students will be paid a salary in line with or above National Minimum Wage. The exact salary will depend on the employer.
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
There will be additional costs associated with the course including stationery, textbooks, field trips and membership fees although some of these features are optional. Books are reviewed annually and are therefore subject to change. Course welcome information will provide an indicative list for the year.
Books and Journals
Most core text books are available via the University's library, however you may wish to purchase a copy. This could cost between £50 - £100 per year.
Students should budget for stationery and consumables, such as notebooks, pens and pencils, USB pen drives, and printing costs. Expect to pay around £30 - £40 per year for these items.Additional costs
Resources and facilities
The University has a good selection of Paramedic and wider health-oriented books you can access, a large number of which can be downloaded as e-Books.
The University has an excellent library search engine, OneSearch, where books, e-books and e-journals can be searched for and downloaded to help your development. The University also has an array of lecturing facilities ranging from standard classrooms and lecture theatres to computer-based facilities. You will have access to a huge resource of library and IT facilities whilst studying at the University of Cumbria.
The University has over 15 years' experience of teaching Paramedic students who are based off-campus. The University has an Online First policy, where an online version will always be bought if available. The Library team have created specific resources that you can access from any location at any time. This not only benefits you as distance learners but also as those who are working whilst studying.