Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)
About the course
This course is available to UK/EU students only.
Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree fulfils the requirements to be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
It is the first nationally to integrate full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council registration standards within a full-time degree programme.
The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course will give you the professional knowledge and clinical assessment skills you need to become a confident, autonomous paramedic working within the emergency environment.
We place a strong focus on the delivery of quality paramedic care within our contemporary society, taking into account rapid changes within the profession, from increasing medical technology to public awareness of healthcare issues.
Paramedic practice now spans a range of disciplines and our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course and covers areas including:
- Patient assessment and management
- Clinical skills
- Psychology and communication
- Sociology of health and illness
- Health policy
- Health promotion
- Medical design and technology
- Clinical / professional studies
To give you an understanding of the contributions that all professions make to patient care, some of your studies will be with students from other healthcare professions.
Evidence-based practice and research
A sound understanding of evidence-based practice and research is a fundamental part of your training and throughout the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, your theoretical studies will be interspersed with a series of practice placements.
These will be organised and supervised by the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in partnership with the University.
Why choose this course?
- Your learning experience is constructed from 12 years of professional leadership in paramedic education and development, specifically designed to support your studies and enhance your work experience.
- The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree is the first nationally to integrate your full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration standards within a full-time degree programme.
- Your vocational placement is with one of the busiest ambulance services in the world; the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS).
- You will be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified Paramedic on successful completion of this BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, which significantly increases your employability opportunities.
300 UCAS points to include a Grade B in a natural science* at A level or equivalent. General studies excluded. Plus five GCSEs grades A-C including English language, mathematics and Double Award science.
Only science based BTEC's accepted, plus GCSE mathematics, English language and Double Science (or 2 single sciences) grade A-C.
Access Diploma students must have 24 Distinctions at Level 3.
The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including IB – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications visit the UCAS website
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.
All offers will be subject to interview and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Applicants should be physically fit and have a full clean UK driving license with a provisional C1 entitlement.
*Natural Science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology.
- Full Time, 3 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. Over 72% of our graduates had entered employment six months after graduation, and a further 17% had gone on to further study or training.
You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on this course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy.
Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.
Throughout your BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, practice placements will be interspersed giving you the all important valuable work experience you need on graduation.
Placements will give you the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge you gain via lectures and seminars with your practical experiences, providing you with a complete understanding and application of patient care practices.
This strongly enhances your employability skills.
Eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a qualified Paramedic, enhancing your employability.
Throughout the programme some study is undertaken with other undergraduate health care professionals, which develops your understanding of common areas of health care delivery.
Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1a
This 15 credit Level Four module will introduce Student Paramedics to the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology essential to Paramedic clinical practice. Key concepts of cellular and tissue function will be explored relating these concepts to gross human anatomy providing the basis for continuing biosciences study. Study across these subjects will facilitate detailed knowledge acquisition by students and link with other subjects to form a cohesive learning experience. Module content has been designed to include relevant underpinning theoretical knowledge spanning cellular structure and organisation, function and structure of specialised tissue structures and functional human anatomy.
Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1b
This 15 credit Level Four module will further develop the knowledge and understanding acquired in Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1a. Student Paramedics will explore in detail organ system physiology and interplay whilst relating these systems and their physiological processes directly to Paramedic clinical practice. Modular content has been carefully selected to develop acquire relevant bioscience knowledge, which supports and enhances concurrent modules. The content of this module forms the foundations underpinning Level Six bioscience study.
Behavioural and Social Issues for Paramedics
The content is focused on health, illness and health care practices. The module will enable the student to appreciate the influence of psychology and social issues on health, illness and health practices and in particular, paramedic practice.
Practice Education I
This practice placement module focuses upon the development of the student’s knowledge, understanding and clinical competence within a wide variety of scenarios encountered in out-of-hospital unscheduled, urgent and emergency care settings. The student will also explore the concept of reflective practice and develop fundamental skills in application of reflection to inform future practice.
Patient Assessment and Management I
This level 4, 30 credit, module aims to introduce the student to the concepts of assessing and managing a patient in the out-of-hospital environment. It will provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake preliminary patient assessment and treatment, and will introduce them to the range of management options available for paramedics within a defined range of situations. This knowledge, and the skills gained during the module, will directly assist them in preparing for their placement modules.
An Introduction to Inter-professional Education
The module is designed to give students the opportunity to work in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding of a range of professional roles and encourage co-operative learning and working. The rationale for and benefits of inter-professional working within health and social care are explored. Learning will be through multi-professional group seminars and tutorials that require students to access and gather appropriate data from a range of sources and apply this to a series of practice-based, simulated scenarios and exercises.
Practice Education 1a Communication
This practice placement module focuses upon the use of communication and effective/ineffective communication strategies including all components of written, verbal and non-verbal whilst in the professional ambulance service environment. Students will encounter patients, relatives and other healthcare professionals and be expected to adapt their communication to each environment.
Practice Education 1b - Key Assessment
This practice placement module focuses upon developing accurate history-taking of a patient presenting to emergency ambulance services alongside developing a safe approach in acquiring essential observations/assessments to inform the pre-hospital clinician of the patient's physiological status across a range of patients and environments.
Pathophysiology for Paramedics 2a
This 15 credit Level Five module will develop the knowledge acquired by student paramedics in their Level Four bioscience studies; developing their understanding of the pathophysiological basis for disordered homeostasis encountered in clinical practice. Course content has been selected to explore pathophysiological processes that are relevant to student paramedics' clinical practice, exploring introductory concepts before focusing upon selected organ systems. The organ systems and associated pathophysiological processes selected are pivotal to student paramedics' clinical practice. This module forms the foundation of Pathophysiology for Paramedics 2b which further expands students' knowledge of alterations in homeostasis.
Pathophysiology for Paramedics 2b
This Level Five module will build upon the anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological principle education undertaken by student paramedics at Level Four and during Pathophysiology for Paramedics 2a. During the module underpinning pathophysiological knowledge will be synthesised and expanded by focusing upon specific organ systems. In addition to pathophysiological processes related to organ systems and neurological dysfunction, pain is a key topic. Module content and delivery will link with student paramedic's theory acquisition horizontally and vertically across the curriculum to equip them for professional practice.
Professional and Contemporary Issues in Paramedic Practice
This 15 credit Level 5 module examines a range of topics, which have a direct impact on the scope of paramedic practice. It is acknowledged that the delivery of an effective emergency ambulance service is dependent on many dimensions including economics, demographics, technological change and hyperspace.
Evidence Based Practice and Research
The focus of this module is to develop a critical understanding of research principles, processes and methods and their application within the health setting and more specifically to paramedic practice. The module develops knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and facilitates the students' understanding of the philosophy behind evidence based practice.
Principles of Pathophysiology for Paramedics
This 15 credit Level Five module will build upon knowledge acquired by student paramedics during their Level Four studies. Module content has been designed to equip students with principle concepts relating pathophysiological processes, whilst synthesising and relating these to specific organ system dysfunction. Concepts have been selected for their applicability to clinical practice and their alignment with other modules horizontally across the curriculum.
Principles of Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics
This 15 credit Level 5 will develop students understanding of clinical pharmacology principles as applied to paramedic contemporary clinical practice. It will supply student paramedics with appropriate underpinning knowledge to support their safe administration of selected therapeutic interventions.
Practice Education II
This practice placement module continues to focus upon the development of the student’s knowledge, understanding and clinical competence within a wide variety of scenarios encountered in out-of-hospital urgent and unscheduled emergency care settings. Students are expected to build on their previous learning from Level 4 and utilise a wide range of evidence to enhance their knowledge, understanding and expertise in patient assessment and management.
Patient Assessment and Management II
This 30 credit level 5 module builds upon the level 4 modules from year one. The focus will be on current evidence informing approaches to patient encounters in the out of hospital arena. The module will build students’ abilities in developing sound clinical reasoning skills in complex situations in order to prepare them for contemporary clinical practice.
Patient Assessment and Management 2 (FDeg)
This 30 credit level 5 module is the final patient assessment and management module delivered in the final year of the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science, and builds upon the level 4 modules from year one. The focus will be on current evidence informing approaches to patient encounters in the out of hospital arena. The module will build students’ abilities in developing sound clinical reasoning skills in complex situations in order to prepare them for contemporary clinical practice.
Practice Education 2b - Management and Therapeutic Interventions
This practice placement module aims to prepare students further for practise as an autonomous registered Paramedic. Students will draw upon theory to support decision making in management strategies for the variety of conditions seen in prehospital emergency settings. Consideration to the various alternative care pathways will also be explored in providing the most appropriate care for each patient.
Sandwich Year - Paramedic Science
This year enables the student to gain appropriate experience in the emergency field and undertake the required instruction by the London Ambulance Service to enable registration with the HPC as a Paramedic
Research in Practice
This 30 credit Level 6 module will enable students to reflect upon and critically appraise the evidence base of their own practice. The module will further develop students' knowledge and understanding about: key aspects of systematic and narrative critical reviews of literature; research design and methodologies; methods of data collection and analysis; ethical, professional and practical considerations in health care research; and issues relating to implementation of research in practice. This module allows students to select (in negotiation with the Module Leader), arrange and undertake an elective of 2-weeks duration. This elective provides a unique opportunity for students to focus on aspects of patient care/healthcare provision in which they have a particular professional interest and to further develop their knowledge and insight into this area of healthcare drawing on a relevant evidence base to support their learning.
Paramedic Skills Development 3
This Level 6 module is designed to promote critical thinking and synthesis of the participants' skills, knowledge and understanding as well as to enable students to demonstrate competence in reflective clinical practice, clinical leadership, mentoring and clinical decision making in order to provide effective healthcare in out-of-hospital unscheduled emergency care environments as an autonomous practitioner.
Advanced Patient Assessment and Management
This 30 credit Level 6 module builds upon previous modules facilitating development of students' knowledge, skills and understanding of advanced patient assessment and management of patients' care in out-of-hospital emergency care settings. Focusing on current and appropriate models/frameworks for assessment used in out-of-hospital emergency care, this module will facilitate the student to advance their clinical reasoning skills, informed by available evidence, enabling them to undertake comprehensive, advanced level patient assessment informing their decision-making processes involved in management of patient care. Students will be encouraged to explore, reflect upon and share their clinical experiences to illustrate issues relevant to advanced patient assessment and management in out-of-hospital emergency care.
Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics
This 15 credit Level 6 module will develop the student's understanding of clinical pharmacology and enable this to be applied to their practice. It will provide the necessary background knowledge in areas of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in order to allow the safe administration of medicines from an agreed list.
Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education
The module is designed to give students further opportunities of working in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding across professional boundaries and encourage collaborative learning and working that will bring benefit to patient/service-users. The justification for inclusion of inter-professional working within health care is addressed. The module requires students to bring specialist in-depth knowledge of their profession and professional codes of conduct to a group setting so that health and social care pathways are critically reviewed in the context of professional practice.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 for the 2014 academic year
Full time: £10,600 for the 2014 academic year
Additional course costs
Placement travel (average) depends where accommodation is situated £400
Student membership of College of Paramedics £30
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
Key course information
- Institution code: H36
- UCAS code: B780 BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
- Course code: HHPAS
- Course length:
- Full Time, 3 Years