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 Moduleb. 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 commissioned / 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 is 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).