Paramedic Science - DipHE

Full Time (1 year)
August 2016
£8,000 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)
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The Dip HE Paramedic Science programme is only open to current qualified IHCD* Ambulance Technician, via direct application. The programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Paramedic and upon successful completion have eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.

The programme consists of two modules at level 4 and five modules at Level 5.

Collaboration between the University and clinical partners will aim to ensure students develop the skills and knowledge they need as a Paramedic and the programme team are committed to providing the support and encouragement required by students to achieve their individual personal and professional development goals.

We are committed to developing Paramedic professionals who are capable of independent practice and also being members of interprofessional teams, while responding to the dynamic nature of professional practice.

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

We offer extra learning and technical support.

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities that you can get involved in.

*IHCD; Institute of Health Care and Development

What's covered in the course?

  • Developed in partnership with students and practice partners, the course aims to produce suitably qualified Paramedic graduates who are fit for practice, eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and capable of life long learning.
  • We aim to provide students with the support and environment to develop personally and professionally in order to meet the needs of modern Paramedic practice
  • Students spend a substantial amount of time on placement, working with Paramedics and seeing first-hand the day-to-day challenges of the job.
  • The role requires quick thinking, initiative and great team working skills, you’re trained to work independently and with professional colleagues developing interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A variety of teaching approaches are used including simulations using our ambulance and extensive skills facilities
  • On successful course completion, students have eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).

Why Choose Us?

  • Health programmes are based in the £30 million award-winning Seacole Building, which includes fully equipped Emergency Ambulance, mock hospital wards, mock Operating Theatre, Home Environment and Laboratory.
  • Extensive skills facilities and equipment are utilised in all Health programmes, an example of which is the use of SIM Man - a breathing and talking mannequin attached to monitors replicating conditions such as falling blood pressure and cardiac arrest – these help create real-life situations which require your response.
  • Students consistently give positive feedback on our skills teaching and simulations and the benefit it provides in creating real-life experiences in a safe environment.
  • SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) is a bookable learning facility that enables you to further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience. This facility is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, chest decompression, and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
  • Moodle – the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – complements your classroom learning, allowing you to access learning materials online and interact with staff and student colleagues.
  • Annual Health and Social Care Awards invite nominations for, among others, exceptional performance by students on placement.
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Entry Requirements

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

Direct application only
  • Must be employed in a Trainee Paramedic role
  • Be working in an appropriate area of practice
  • Have the full support of your Line Manager and Trust to undertake the course
  • Have access to a mentor who has received/ or is prepared to receive prior to commencement of the programme training from Birmingham City university in regard to the specifics of the course learning outcomes, competences and requirements of the programme.
  • Hold IHCD Ambulance Technician Award

All candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:

  • Attend a joint university/placement partner selection day.
  • Whilst not essential it would be beneficial for applicants to possess a full clean UK manual driver's licence and where possible have provisional C1 entitlement added to their licence. Prospective students should be aware that whilst a driving license and category C1 are not requirements for acceptance onto the programme you should be aware that to improve your employability prospects following completion of the programme these should be considered as essential.
  • You must be physically fit and have the strength to lift and carry patients and equipment.
  • You must be able and prepared to undertake shift work e.g. night duty, evenings, religious festivals and weekends.
  • Evidence of good health and good character are required which are assessed by occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service report .
  • Candidates whose first language is not English are required to provide the original language test certificate to the Admissions Tutor as evidence of their proficiency and must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Profession Council upon successful completion of the full learning programme.

Claims by students who wish to APEL are approved by the Personal Development Department on an individual basis.

Evidence of Literacy and Numeracy (Minimum of GCSE A* to C in Maths and English or Adult Training Scheme key skills level 2 in literacy and numeracy)

New UCAS tariff

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
DipHE Aug 2016 FT 1 year £8,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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This course is not available to International Students

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Grants and Scholarships

Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.

*(criteria will apply)

Level four modules

Course delivery will be in blocks of study alternating with clinical practice placements.

Modules include:
Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Science
15 credits
Knowledge and Skills for Paramedic Science
30 credits

Level five modules

Modules include:
Evidence Based Paramedic Practice
15 credits
Negotiating Health and Social Care Needs
30 credits
Paramedic Care of the Trauma Patient
15 credits
Pharmacology for Paramedic Science
15 credits
Pre Hospital Coronary Care
15 credits
Women and Children's Health
30 credits

Accreditation for prior learning

The following modules you will be credited during the APEL process, in consideration of your application to continue studying with us.

Assisting the Paramedic
15 credits
Introducing Physiological Measuring Skills
15 credits
Foundations of Paramedic Practice
30 credits
Intermediate Life Support
15 credits

Course structure

Applicants will be expected to complete a portfolio to substantiate evidence of skills equivalent to the IHCD Technician Award (Institute of Health Care and Development). This will then be used towards the APEL procedure in order to complete the remaining modules of a DipHE programme.

The modules you will be expected to complete will cover; applied anatomy and physiology knowledge and skills for Paramedic science. You will also explore paramedic care of the trauma patient, pre-hospital coronary care, and women and children’s health. Other modules include Evidence-Based Paramedic Practice, Negotiating Health and Social Care Needs, and Pharmacology for Paramedic Science.

You also develop the interpersonal and communication skills that complement your science-based knowledge, and which are crucial in putting your patient at ease and making you an effective collaborative member of your professional team.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Student stories

The Dip HE Paramedic Science programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Paramedic and upon successful completion have eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.

Graduate Mark McDonagh tells of the helpfull staff and excellent facilities on the DipHE Paramedic Science course at Birmingham City University.

Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Student stories

Stuart Batham

Graduate Stuart Batham gives us a 30 second review of the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree course at Birmingham City University..


The duration of time students spend in clinical placement during the programme, equates to a minimum of 750 hours upon successful completion of the programme.

You are expected to arrange your own pre-hospital care placements, however the University will try and facilitate Hospital based placements within the West Midlands area, or you are welcome to make your own arrangements for hospital based placements.

The University will need to audit all clinical placements before students commence their placements.

Your mentors in the placement areas are prepared for their roles and understanding of the course by the university, and the ongoing suitability and availability of learning opportunities is assured by placement audit, evaluation and liaison meetings between university staff and practice partners.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Being a paramedic science student

Senior Lectuer Tony Spence explains the entry routes and study requirements for the DipHE Paramedic Science course at Birmingham City University.

Student Sgt. Barry Kirklnd of the Royal Airforce explains the challenges he faced on the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree at Birmingham City University, especially coming from a non academic background.


We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.


Our real road going ambulance allows you to gain experience working in a confined space using real ambulance equipment. You can actually practice driving (under normal conditions) and treating patient in the back of a moving ambulance as your colleagues drive through the streets of Birmingham.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

What is a paramedic?

Paramedics are senior ambulance service health care professionals who attend an accident or a medical emergency.

Paramedics work on their own or with an Emergency Care Assistant or Ambulance Technician, they assess the patient's condition and then give essential treatment.

They use high-tech equipment, such as defibrillators, spinal and traction splints and intravenous drips, and as well as administering oxygen and drugs.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

+44 (0)125 350 2917

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389


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Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295