Portsmouth University – Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Paramedic Practice

This page has been created to provide you with all of the relevant information about the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Paramedic Practice Programme that the Trust supports and runs in conjunction with Portsmouth University.

Please note that the application window for this programme is currently closed. Any future cohorts will be advertised via the Bulletin and on Aspire where an application can be made.

We have now established links with Portsmouth University, who provide an intensive 42 week Certificate of Higher Education Paramedic Practice Programme.

In partnership with the University of Portsmouth, successful applicants will undertake a HCPC accredited CertHE programme which will enable them to apply for HCPC registration and ultimately secure a Paramedic role with the Trust. The programme involves 10 weeks of face to face delivery at the Portsmouth campus with nine days prior to course commencement for the access course.

The essential criteria that applicants need to meet to apply are:

Your formal shortened application form via Aspire must meet the below criteria:

• Current NHS IHCD qualified Ambulance Technician or experienced ECA with one year minimum post course experience
• Currently hold 3 x GCSE Grades A*-C or the equivalent Functional Skills certificate, and/or O-levels Grades A-C (must include Maths & English) – it is a requirement of Portsmouth University that you can evidence the essential criteria of relevant qualifications. You will need to provide physical evidence of the required qualifications to the University before any offer on the CertHE programme.

Application Requirements:

Any application you submit to be considered for the Portsmouth programme will require you to summarise outline what makes you the ideal candidate for the CertHE Programme and why you feel you are the best candidate to be offered a place on this programme. Before you complete your application, you are required to email your Line Manager to request a reference.

When shortlisting applications, we look at the following criteria:

– Whether you meet the essential criteria,
– The summary you have provided on your application,
– Your Line Manager reference,
– Whether you are currently in the talent pool.

Each of these elements will be measured against a weighting criteria and will be taken into consideration when shortlisting.

Both an application and accompanying Line Manager Reference need to be returned to people.development@swast.nhs.uk. It is your responsibility to ensure this documentation is returned by the required date, failure to do so may result in your application being withdrawn from the selection process.

Once shortlisting has taken place, Portsmouth will provide a link for staff to officially apply for the programme with them directly. Once formally applied for the programme to Portsmouth University, a conditional offer will be given to you by the University and then at this point you will progress onto the Preparing for Paramedic Practice (PPP) access course where you will be required to successfully pass all of the requirements of this course. You must successfully pass the PPP course in order to progress to interview stage.

Preparing for Paramedic Practice (PPP) Access Course

Prior to being offered a place on the CertHE programme, you will be required to undertake a Preparing for Paramedic Practice (PPP) Access Course at Portsmouth University. Please note that attendance on the dates set for the PPP course is mandatory.

You will be required to attend and successfully pass a PPP course in order to be considered for this Paramedic programme. The PPP course will prepare you for academic study at level 4, preparation to sit the Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) exam and will provide you with guidance and support to develop a portfolio for submission.

The PPP course requires 100% attendance and will take place at Portsmouth University. You will be required to attend this in your own time by using either annual leave/shift swap/toil/rest days.

Portsmouth directly manage their own courses and processes which includes; conditional offering, management of the PPP course, marking of the portfolio, interviews and the final the offers onto the CertHE programme.

We would like you to be able to view the frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) for each cohort as a point of reference. There are differences between each of the cohorts therefore each FAQ document will provide different information. This is particularly useful for managers and the students on each course. Please be aware that email points of contact in some of the answers may now be out of date and therefore if you have any queries at all please contact people.development@swast.nhs.uk

Please click on this link to see FAQs

The application window for this programme is currently closed. Any future cohorts will be advertised via the Bulletin and on Aspire where an application can be made.