Course Comparison

PgCert First Contact Practitioner in Primary Care (Paramedic) MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Physiotherapy
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Master of Science - MSc
1 year 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Part-time Distance learning Full-time, Part-time route available
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Plymouth Distance UK Plymouth
School of Health Professions School of Health Professions
Entry requirements
In order to commence this programme, applicants must meet the University’s entry requirements for study at postgraduate level. Applicants will normally have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above; or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice i.e. IELTS average of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each category.
In addition to the entry requirements above, there are a number of specific admission criteria for this programme that will ensure applicants access this programme at the right time within their professional practice. These align with national frameworks and will be clearly outlined to the student.
Specific admissions criteria are:
  • Applicants are able to evidence that they have the relevant paramedic experience, normally this is a minimum of 3 years post registration.
  • Applicants are able to provide evidence of registration as healthcare professionals.
  • Applicants must have the support of their workplace to enrol on the First Contact Practitioner in Primary Care (Paramedic) PgCert.
  • To enrol on ADV773 students must have, in addition to the above:
    - completed ADV781 Advanced Clinical Practice in Primary Care Module
    - completed the relevant e-learning modules (eLfH)
    - identified an appropriate CPD mentor for ADV773 The role of the first contact practitioner within primary care module.
  • To enrol on ADV777 First contact practitioner in primary care practice placement module, applicants must have:
    - successfully completed ADV773 The role of the first contact practitioner within primary care module
    - identified an appropriate clinical mentor in primary care.
Applicants to this programme may be sponsored or self-funded. All applications will be to the Professional Development Unit who work closely with the programme team. The final decision on acceptance to study rests with the FCP Paramedic lead for the University of Plymouth. Potential students will be assessed individually for their ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary.
The final module, ADV777 First contact practitioner in primary care practice placement module maps to stage 2 of the HEE verification process for First Contact practitioner (Paramedic). The placement module involves a number of hours of clinical practice and support of a clinical mentor. The First Contact Practitioners (Paramedic) HEE Roadmap requires students to be employed in a First Contact Practitioner (Paramedic) in a Primary Care setting in order to commence Stage 2, this is to ensure they are able to demonstrate their capability in practice. Workplace support and identification of a suitable clinical mentor will be part of the admissions criteria for enrolment on the First Contact practitioner in Primary Care (Paramedic) PgCert (as outlined above).
You’ll be required to have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent) in physiotherapy. Non UK based candidates must be recognised as physiotherapists within their own country.
You may be a health or social care professional with a first degree or with a related academic degree. If you do not hold a degree but with appropriate experience related to the programme or to any of the chosen pathways you may be eligible to apply.
Evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice – IELTS requirement is 6.5 average with a minimum of 5.5 in each category. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree programme at the University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course. You’ll be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and an interview may be necessary. You’ll normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.
Supplementary admissions form:
Applicants may be required to complete a supplementary admissions form as part of their admissions process.
Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS):
This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.
Successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the Health and Social Care Professions Council.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.