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BSc (Hons) Practice Development – Paramedic Practice [progression route] *

Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Two years part-time. 

Typical Offer: 

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

Introduction

This course is designed for current Paramedics registered with the Health Care and Professional Council wishing to enhance their academic standing with a degree. The course recognises that while you have extensive experience as a paramedic, in order to enhance your practice and position yourself for new and emerging roles a degree is becoming a pre-requisite.

This top up degree builds upon your existing knowledge, enhancing your practice in preparation for the future by exploring theoretical and practical elements of the profession.

You will be assessed by written assignments, a clinical report and a portfolio of developmental evidence culminating in a dissertation that seeks to develop an aspect of practice. This course provides access to a range of modules that are relevant across a variety of healthcare settings, along with the 40-credit ambulance service specific module exploring leadership and management. This course is specifically designed to ensure that qualified staff can top up to degree level from their original diploma or equivalent.

The teaching team comprises of lecturers with extensive clinical and professional expertise and experience. Guest lecturers with specific subject and clinical speciality from health and business disciplines will also contribute to the richness and variety of the programme.

Course modules

Mentor and coaching module (20 credits)

Will aim to develop your capability to act as a coach and mentor ensuring commitment to the support of students encouraging success and gratification in their current goals and challenges. Overall good mentoring requires empowerment of the mentee to develop their own strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes. This module will allow you to consider and reflect upon current associated educational theories. The theory-based work will enable you to work with any student to develop their leadership skills and support their career development. The assessment for this module is a 3000 word assignment.

Portfolio of Evidence: Reflecting on Practice through Case Analysis (40 Credits)

Reflective practice is a paperwork requirement of your career progression in health care and for successful revalidation, if completed well it can greatly improve your skills as a health care provider. For this module you will aim to develop a portfolio of evidence showcasing reflections in and on practice utilising a variety of reflective theories. It allows you to recognise your own strengths and weakness, and use this to guide on-going learning. By reflection you will develop your skills in self-directed learning, improve motivation, and improve the quality of care you are able to provide. The assessment for this is module is the portfolio of evidence.

Leadership and Management: Ambulance Services (20 Credits)
Dissertation (40 Credits)

This dissertation module offers you, with the support of an academic supervisor, the opportunity to develop your ability to independently produce a sustained piece of work.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • Applicants will have achieved 240 credits, 120 each at levels 4 and 5 (or equivalent) in a related subject e.g. DipHE Paramedic Science.
  • Applicants who do not hold 120 level 5 credits, but can demonstrate through submission of a portfolio of evidence, an equivalent level of prior knowledge obtained from relevant qualifications and/or experience, may be considered. This decision will be at the discretion of the Course Leader with recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL) and a statement from your current employer offering evidence of your professional competence.

Facilities and Resources

Offering some of the best facilities for Health Sciences students, the modern campus ensures a relaxed and inviting environment with small class sizes that ensures a personable experience.