Certificate of Higher Education in Ambulance Clinical Technician Practice

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  Full-time Duration:   1 year
  School:   School of Health and Social Care
  Validation Status:   Validated
  Fees:   £9,250 for the academic year
  UCAS Code:   Z780
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Ambulance Clinical Technicians work with paramedics on the frontline of healthcare, looking after those in need and responding to a wide range of situations, from minor wounds and conditions to more serious, life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, provide basic treatment and assist paramedics in referring patients to the most appropriate care pathway. The theoretical and clinical elements of the course are intended to meet all of the key areas required by the National Education Network for Ambulance Services (NENAS) in order to meet the role specification for Assistant Ambulance Practitioners.


The Cert HE Ambulance Clinical Technician Practice has been developed in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, and practical work experience needed to provide high-quality and responsive healthcare whilst working on an emergency ambulance.

Ambulance Clinical Technicians help to deliver a broad spectrum of healthcare in a range of situations - from giving lifesaving medical help at the scene of an accident to supporting a patient who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Students should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, research and one-to-one learning. Study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

How You Study

The course is divided into theory and clinical practice learning. The two aspects will be closely integrated to facilitate the successful transfer of theoretical knowledge into practice, and learning from practical experience in the classroom.

A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used to cater for the individual needs of students on the programme. These strategies may include lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, self-assessment, case studies, reflective accounts, library based resources, skills sessions, virtual learning, peer to peer learning, high fidelity simulation, and practice based learning. In addition, the course offers a buddy system between students from different cohorts.

Module Overview

You can find out a little more about our modules below and discover key aspects covered during your studies.


This module will provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of behavioural science. It will assist you in your assessment of the behavioural and psychological issues relating to health and give you an understanding of the issues surrounding a range of mental health conditions. You will learn how to recognise signs of stress in yourself and others, identify where to access the different types of support available and explore and develop personal resilience strategies.

The module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the core skills required for becoming an ambulance clinical technician, including mandatory education relating to placement. This module introduces you to patient assessment, essential clinical skills and clinical decision making and involves completing clinical placement hours with a mentor within the ambulance service.

This module begins by developing an appreciation of how the human body is organised from a cellular to a systems level. Using a systems based approach, you will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology developing a sound knowledge of how systems function together in order to maintain homeostasis. The module includes an introduction to medical terminology and management of some specific conditions in an emergency. This module will form a basis in order that you can understand normal patient presentations, thereby linking closely with practical modules.

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction for a range of specialist populations and circumstances you will encounter in practice. The module will introduce you to paediatric assessment including paediatric intermediate life support. It will invite you to learn about obstetrics including stages of labour and complications. You will learn how to work interprofessionally and collaboratively with professionals and service users upholding standards of professionalism and promoting person centred care. The module introduces you to care of the older person including End of Life Care and breaking bad news. The module also prepares you for dealing with major incidents including interoperability and the control and command structure within the ambulance service. 


You will be assessed both formally and informally throughout the programme to support your learning and development. The assessments will take place both within the University, and practice placement environments. Some of the assessment will be led by your tutors but you will also be encouraged to engage in peer and self-assessment to help you develop the skills of reflection and evaluation which are essential for lifelong learning and development.

Some of the assessments focus on theoretical knowledge and the application of theory, others on the practical performance of technical skills and application of patient management. Detailed guidance of what is expected, and the assessment criteria will be provided for each module.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications

A levels: DDD (or equivalent 72 UCAS tariff points)

Please also note the following requirements:

  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

When you apply to study this course, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here, you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk.

In line with their preparation for a career as an Ambulance Technician, students should gain a full category C1 driving licence by the end of the programme at their own cost.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

If your application is not successful, you may be offered the option of changing your application to either the BSc in Nursing (Adult) or BSc in Nursing (Mental Health). Any offers made would be subject to a successful interview (where an interview has not already taken place), spaces available, and meeting the course entry requirements.



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View our campus pages to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Students successfully completing the Cert HE may also be eligible for interview with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) NHS Trust, dependent on vacancies at the time and subject to normal employment checks including occupational health, enhanced DBS, satisfactory references and a provisional C1 driving licence. Graduates would also be supported through preceptorship with EMAS who offer 300 hours with a qualified clinician prior to working independently as a qualified Technician.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information.

Driving Licence Guidance

It would be beneficial for you to have a full clean driving licence on registering for the course with an aim to satisfy C1 criteria by graduation.

For employment, ambulance technicians need to be ‘DVLA category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries) due to the weight of most ambulance vehicles.

For reasons of preserving safety, DVLA guidance around medical conditions that might prevent an individual from possessing Group 1 or Group 2 DVLA clearance (e.g. epilepsy; diabetes; narcolepsy) may be used by an ambulance trust as criteria that will exclude students from employment in certain roles. You are advised to review the DVLA’s ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals’ prior to starting.

Placement elements within the programme may require travel outside scheduled public transport timetables. It is important to note that we are unable to guarantee that you will be placed at a particular ambulance station on the basis that you are unable to drive.

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Students will be required to cover the costs associated on placements such as transport and accommodation. Please contact us if you require further details about the associated costs of placements.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Certificate of Higher Education

As part of the University’s commitment to widening participation, our Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Ambulance Clinical Technician Practice offers an alternative route for students wanting to access higher education whilst collaboratively working with NHS partners to fulfil workforce needs for the future.

Learn more about a Certificate of Higher Education from the University of Lincoln.