Level: 5
Credit: 30
Notional Learning Hours: 300
Guided Learning Hours: 70

Purpose and Aims:

The purpose of the Level 5 Medical Educator’s course is to provide the participant with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to develop their practical teaching skills in order to work in a paramedic training environment.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study
  • Teach and/or support learning
  • Assess and give feedback to learners


The course is designed around the requirements of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, which is recognised as providing a valuable measure of success as an educator and is increasingly sought by employers across the higher education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions. Completion of this course should enable you to complete a portfolio of evidence to enable you to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

A partial mapping of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and training is available for reference; please note that completion of this course will not enable participants to fully achieve Components 1 and 2 of that qualification.

Who is the course for?

HCPC registered paramedics, registered medical professionals and those working in a clinical setting who are;

  • considering a career in teaching or are new to teaching (including those with part-time academic responsibilities);
  • members of staff who support academic provision (e.g. learning technologists, learning developers and learning resource/library staff);
  • members of staff who undertake the role of demonstrator/ technician with some teaching-related responsibilities;
  • experienced staff members working in a relevant professional area who may be new to teaching and/or supporting learning;
  • practice educators who want to extend their skills to more formal teaching and/or assessment activities.

What does the course cover?

  • Planning lessons both face to face and online
  • Delivering lessons in classrooms, online and outdoor activities
  • Teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • The pedagogy of learning and teaching
  • Groupwork skills
  • Using taxonomies such as Bloom and Biggs’ SOLO
  • Supporting students with additional learning needs, such as dyslexia
  • Assessment for learning, and assessment of learning
  • Using rubrics for marking
  • Using Turnitin (the plagiarism software)
  • Using online platforms such as Moodle to engage learners
  • Giving feedback in informal and formal activities
  • Using research to inform learning and teaching activities

How long is the course?

There will be four days of attendance (by negotiation with participants and could include two weekends, or four single days spread over a month) together with at least 40 hours of online study.

The duration of the course is six months to enable participants to build a portfolio of evidence of successful practice which will include written assignment work, lesson preparation, formative and summative tasks and reflection on practice.

You will be required to;

  • undertake at least 20 hours of teaching practice which will be supervised / mentored;
  • deliver 8 observed and assessed teaching sessions, of a minimum of one hour in a variety of settings including classrooms, practice environments or outdoor settings;
  • Give both formative and summative feedback on practical and assessed tasks to students undertaking training to meet the pre-registration requirements for HCPC paramedics;
  • Mark a sample of written assignment work on a variety of topics, but within the Scope of Practice for HCPC paramedics

The course will comprise around 300 notional learning hours, of which 70 will be contact (guided learning) hours.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered using direct teaching, peer assessed learning, reflective learning and experiential learning. In addition, a meta-cognitive approach will be used to critically evaluate the teaching and learning strategies presented, to consider their application within theoretical, practical, operational and clinical settings.

How much work will I have to provide?

  1. Observe and review an experienced tutor’s practice;
  2. Act as a trainee alongside an experienced tutor on both an indoor and an outdoor teaching activity (20 hours minimum);
  3. Plan and deliver 8 assessed teaching events in both the classroom and a practice setting, and reflect on the delivery of the lessons and the feedback of the observer;
  4. Act as a trainee alongside an experienced tutor giving feedback both on an indoor and an outdoor assessed activity;
  5. Undertake marking of at least 10 pieces of written work from three cohorts at Level 5 – Level 6 (SCQF Level 8-10);
  6. Give formative feedback on three performance activities, such as OSCEs;
  7. Provide two written pieces of work of 2,500 words each on applied educational theory in the context of the delivery of paramedicine in theory and practice environments.

I don’t want to teach, but I do want to assess. Do I have to do all the course?

You would have to meet the requirements of A1 and A3 on the HEA’s Areas of Activity, and K1 and K2 of the HEA’s Core Knowledge and Understanding. Full details are in this document from the HEA [link]

Where will I undertake Teaching Practice?

Teaching practice will be offered at the Outreach Rescue Medic Skills training centre at Llanllechid, Bangor, North Wales on the Hazardous Environment Medicine – Paramedic and BSc Paramedic Practice – Remote and Hazardous Environments courses.

Participants working in a suitable training setting can use this as long as it falls within the scope of practice for UK Paramedics. Where observing tutors are required to attend a different location to assess teaching practice, there may be a charge for mileage, subsistence and accommodation.

For further details, contact us here [link]