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Certificate HE - Pre-hospital Emergency Care

Would you like to become a paramedic? This one-year programme, run in partnership with the South Western Ambulance Service, provides a unique opportunity to enter the ambulance service and will help you gain access to a paramedic career pathway.

On successful completion of the course, you will have completed the first year (120 credits) of a BSc Paramedic Science course and will be offered a role as an emergency care assistant with the South Western Ambulance Service (subject to pre-employment checks). Within 6-18 months of completion of this course, you will be offered a place on the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science Degree Level Apprenticeship, which will complete your paramedic training, enabling you to qualify as a paramedic.

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Course Overview

This programme has been co-created with ambulance partners to provide an alternative route into the ambulance service, where you will be supported by the university to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge to access employment.

You will be taught by both university staff and experienced paramedics from a range of clinical backgrounds, with teaching delivered both online and face-to-face at Wiltshire Air Ambulance base. This blended learning provides flexibility, allowing you to fit your learning around other responsibilities, such as caring responsibilities.

As part of the course, you will gain real-world experience of pre-hospital emergency care through placements with the South Western Ambulance Service in Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, or Dorset.

On this course you will...

  • Learn online and also through face to face sessions at Wiltshire Air Ambulance Station.
  • Attend placements located at ambulance stations within Wiltshire, Somerset, or Dorset (SWAST area).
  • Be provided with blue light training (the emergency driving qualification) as part of this programme designed to prepare you for employment within the ambulance service.
  • Upon successful completion of the programme and subject to pre-employment checks, you will be offered a role as an emergency care assistant within South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. This opportunity will be based within Wiltshire, Somerset or Dorset.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

On this programme, you will gain experience both clinically and academically, in pre-hospital care in both the ambulance service and in other clinical settings. As part of the programme, you will be provided with blue light driver training course.

Within 18 months of successful completion of this programme you will be offered a place on the BSc Hons- Paramedic Science (degree level apprenticeship).

Year one

This programme comprises 5 modules that have been directly taken from our BSc Paramedic Science programme. The selection of modules will develop your knowledge and understanding in order to work effectively within the ambulance service.

  • Developing Person-centred Care in Paramedic Practice 1
    This module will enable you to demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of person-centred care, communication and your own wellbeing and mental health.
  • Physical and Clinical Sciences
    This module will enable you to demonstrate foundational knowledge of the structure and function of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Clinical Practice 1
    This module will enable you to undertake a period of development in the clinical practice environment.
  • Professionalism and Followship
    You will develop your understanding of professionalism, leadership and followship.
  • Introduction to Research and Evidence-based Practice
    You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the evidence base for pre-hospital and emergency care.

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An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

Take the next step towards achieving your dreams.
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