Open access to all staff & students – Academic study tool kit

web page of my cumbria resourcce
web page of my cumbria resourcce

MyCumbria – this is the resource page, specifically for Paramedics, includes academic skills tools, library access, links to other learning resources.

More specifically Skills@Cumbria has the links to study skills and other resources for supporting the completion of the portfolio, reflection and academic writing.

The resources are free & open acccess to all & cover topics such as:

  • Finding information
  • Reading & notetaking
  • Writing at University
  • Presentations
  • reflection
  • Dissertations & Research projects
  • Referencing, plagiarism & tutnitin
  • Being critical
  • Digital Skills
  • Headstart study skills course

CPD modules from Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) are mainly drawn from Health & Care Degree (BSc) or Masters (MSc) programmes. The programmes are made up of modular courses that add together to give enough credits to claim the award at the end.

Click the image below to see a Higher Education Qualification credit map

HE credit map

They are sometimes offered as a CPD module so people can either study a particular subject they are interested in as a standalone subject, or people can ‘module gather’ at their own pace and claim a generic award when they have enough credits. (If you don’t complete all the specific modules specified for a Programme, you cannot claim that award, but you can claim a generic award). e.g. You could complete a mix of modules from a Nursing degree and a Paramedic science degree; with enough credits then claim a Health & Social Care BSc. But you would need to complete the compulsory modules listed in the Nursing / Paramedic Science degree , and complete the placement to claim the specific degree. You would still have a valid BSc, just not in that specific subject, (and you would not be able to register as a professional in that field).

When it comes to a Masters pathway or programme, you have entered the realm of the Post Graduate. This can be different at different HEIs. Some will allow you to start a MSc pathway without a BSc, other will require you to have completed a BSc.

You can use a proportion of BSc credits towards a post graduate qualification, but you will need mainly MSc credits. This will depend on the HEI and the pathway.

Once you begin on a Post graduate (PG) pathway, you can ‘cash in’ your credits and ‘step off’ the pathway at certain points. You can stop and claim a Post Graduate Certificate (PG Cert), then a Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip), and then finally a full Masters award (MSc).

Then, if you still have a family life and any sanity left, you can start looking at a Post Graduate Doctorate (PHd).