This course has been fully assessed and validated by an educational consultant. Please read the comments below.
Preparing for Paramedicine – Independent Quality Assurance Evaluation
The Preparing for Paramedicine Course has received quality assurance, examination and scrutiny from an experienced practitioner of Further and Higher Education (FE/HE). The practitioner has a broad experience of qualifications, development and delivery as a senior manager in the college sector for more than 25 years. In that period he developed, wrote and delivered courses within the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) framework and has led and participated in SQA Qualifications Validation panels for new awards over a range of curricular subjects. He has developed and delivered high quality apprenticeship training and qualifications, notably BBC Scotland’s highly acclaimed Apprenticeship Programme in conjunction with a range of partners including: Creative Skillset, Skills Development Scotland, Edexcel and SQA. He also verified the quality assurance arrangements for the new Personal and Social Development course currently being delivered to the Army Reserve Force in Scotland.
Further, he has significant experience of external and internal audit requirements in respect of FE/HE qualifications delivery, participating in audits by Education Scotland (HMIe), Skills Development Scotland the SQA and others. He has developed and delivered innovative programmes for Glasgow City Council, RSBI and other partner organisations as well as delivering a broad range of apprenticeship training for organisations as varied as CITB Scotland and Creative Skillset.
Third party review of course content and standards: 2015
"This three week course is written and delivered by a highly experience practitioner in paramedicine. It is very well written and presented with good visual photographic content and detailed information on what it takes to become a paramedic and work within Emergency and Essential Services.
At its core, the course is learner-centred. The on-line nature of the course makes it very accessible for the learner and is straight forward and easy to negotiate. It provides the learner with a simple method for submitting course work and for receiving feedback and support. The communication between learner and provider is private.
Throughout the course learners are encouraged to “find out more” about the subject and to take notes, answer questions and submit work that demonstrates that they have a good understanding of Paramedic Services. Learners are clearly stretched and tested and are encouraged and supported at every stage. The course work submissions are an essential element and the provider provides detailed feedback to learners. It is clear that learners are required to research and carry out detailed reading prior to submitting work and in this respect learners need to put the work in to complete the course with any degree of success.
There is a good range of supportive information and material on: roles and responsibilities, training, current challenges, resources and equipment. Those learners who complete this course will have a very good understanding of the knowledge, skills, training and academic qualifications required to become a paramedic. Learners completing this course will be able to demonstrate that they have a high degree of interest in the Paramedic Service and further demonstrate that they can undertake and complete a course of study that is both interesting and testing.
This last factor should prove interesting for higher education establishments delivering degrees and training within this subject area when it comes to recruiting candidates for their programmes. Clearly, learners who complete the ‘Preparing for Paramedicine’ course should stand a good chance of completing a programme of studies a higher level, given that they have demonstrated that they have interest, knowledge and importantly, commitment in respect of the subject.
This is a good, solid attractive course, highly detailed and informative, where the quality is demonstrated throughout. It is also a course that clearly sets the learner at the centre and in particular, provides a good pre-recruitment experience for those learners with a desire to become a paramedic."