Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP)

Approved by the UK AACE and UK NHS Ambulance Trusts

The new Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) course has been written in partnership with multiple Ambulance Services around the country with a view to achieving a recognised qualification to replace the former IHCD Ambulance Aid award. This new Level 4 regulated Diploma allows candidates to achieve a recognised qualification, allowing progression to the higher education framework to gain Paramedic qualifications.

Through this apprenticeship style of blended learning you will gain the skills and experience required for working within the Ambulance service, military and many other pre-hospital sectors. Training has been designed to enable maximum learning opportunities with a range of methods for learning including; Classroom sessions, Practical application, Situation awareness training, Casualty simulation training, e-learning and work-based learning.

Our team of ex-NHS Ambulance tutors and assessors offer extensive practical, clinical and educational experience, ensure professional delivery, mentor support and guided learning throughout your course. Specialist subject tutors will enhance your learning with realistic casualty simulation actors providing you with the chance to practice your new skills in realistic situation awareness scenarios.

Awarding Body: FUTUREQUALS
Award type: Regulated
Level: 4
Credits: 145
Course length: Approx 12-18 months
Delivery method: Blended learning
Group size: 6+
Cost: POA

Course Breakdown

0 Modules
Virtual Classroom Learning
0 Weeks
Classroom based learning
0 hours
Practice Placement

Unit 1 – Patient Assessment & Medical Conditions
Unit 2 – Trauma Injury & Management
Unit 3 – Older patients & Paediatrics
Unit 4 – Pharmacology and Incident Management

Course Syllabus

Communication | Equality & Diversity | Medicolegal and Ethics | Conflict Resolution | The Respiratory System | Airway Management BLS & Defibrillation | Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System | ECG Recognition | The Nervous System | Primary & Secondary Survey | Patient Assessment | Endocrine System | Poisons & Sepsis | Thermal Injuries | Musco-skeletal System | Trauma Management | Respiratory pathophysiology | Cardiovascular pathophysiology | Nervous system pathophysiology | Focused patient assessment | Paramedic Skills | Pharmacology & Medicines management | Major Incident Medical Management | Reproductive system Elderly patients | End of life care | Mental Health & patient assessment | Paediatric BLS/ILS | Paediatric assessment | Obstetrics

Level 4 Diploma for Associate Ambulance Practitioners

Course Information
Course Dates

Frequently Asked Questions…

Learners must be 18 years of age.

There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and occupational competence in manual and patient handling. Basic First Aid knowledge is advised with a view to working within the medical sector.

Your competencies and clinical hours must be signed-off by a qualified clinician, this includes but is not limited to; IHCD Ambulance Technician, HCPC registered Paramedic, NMC registered Nurse or FREC level 5.
Absolutely, this course was written in partnership with the AACE (Association of Ambulance Chief Executives) and NHS Ambulance Trusts throughout the country to provide a replacement, regulated award to replace the former BTEC level 3 Ambulance Aid qualification and provide progression routes to university.
The qualification has been developed in conjunction with the NHS Ambulance Services and has been signed off by NENAS and AACE (Association of Ambulance Chief Executives) and College of Paramedics.

The qualification is nationally recognised by the NHS Ambulance Trusts, MOD and Private Ambulance Services.  AACE have publicly said that FutureQuals are the preferred Awarding Organisation to work with for the Ambulance qualifications.

The delivery consists initially of 490 hours of classroom time/distance learning combined with simulated practice and thereafter the completion of 750 placement hours in the workplace being observed, assessed and supervised by an experienced practitioner whilst completing evidence log books which will include practice hours.  The classroom time covers the underpinning knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the job.

Learners must complete 750 hours on practice placement of which a minimum of 50% or 375 Hrs (10 weeks) must be on accident and emergency duties in a Double Crewed Ambulance.  If the remaining 375 hours or any part thereof are not in an Emergency or Urgent Care role then clear rules need to be adhered to for the hours to be relevant and counted towards the overall total. A maximum of 10% of this time may be spent in each type of setting.

You will be provided with an evidence log book, this allows you to gather evidence for all of the Learning Outcomes within the qualification as well as an additional log book for the practice hours which can be signed off.

During placement you must be supervised by someone at the same level or higher on a day to day basis, you will be observed and generate evidence which needs to be recorded.  There will be a practice hours logbook to be completed which will allow the expert witness to confirm that you can replicate the required skill/procedure in the workplace to allow your assessor to make an assessment decision for each of the “be able to” outcomes.

Clear guidance will be provided to the expert witness on their role in the process. The record of placement hours should detail the clinical exposures of each period (shift) which can be referenced back to the outcomes in your logbook.

On completion you will have at least two reviews and a final assessment at the end of the placement hours with your assessor, any Learning Outcomes unlikely to be confirmed in the live environment can be signed off after confirmation of competency in an alternative placement setting or if permitted by simulation.

We also accept BACS, Cheque and Cash.

Payment plans are available with payments taken via GoCardless using the Direct Debit scheme.

ELCAS_logoYes we offer ELCAS funding our ELCAS number is: 4187

You may wear whatever you wish throughout the course appropriate for the environment, uniform and other PPE should be provided for clinical placements by your employer. Please contact your placement provider for further details.

The placement must be organised within an NHS Ambulance Service or CQC Registered private ambulance service prior to completing the classroom elements. Since a minimum of 50% of the practice placement hours must be undertaken within the environment of emergency ambulance 999 response, you must have completed your Emergency driving qualification to do this. Placements won’t commence until the classroom has been completed.

Yes. We provide a week in-hospital placement on completion of your classroom phase, followed by 750 hours of pre-hospital clinical placement. When completing frontline emergency ambulance shifts, you will be paid! Please note that it will be your responsibility to complete required inductions and provide documentation to the placement provider to fulfil statutory requirements.


I have a question…