BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

About the course

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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
  • Biosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology and communication
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • 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 either the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust or the East of England 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 will be either the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) or the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).
  • 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.

Entry requirements...

2017 entry

112 - 128 UCAS Points

UCAS have introduced a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff. 

A-Levels

  • Must include at least a grade B in a natural science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics). We do not accept General Studies.

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma (Nationals)

  • Must achieve 112 UCAS tariff points (equivalent to Distinction, Merit, Merit [D,M,M])
  • Must be in Applied / Forensic / Medical Science.
  • Other BTEC qualifications must be supported by an A-level (at least grade B) in a natural science.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Must be in a science-based subject, e.g. ‘Access to Science’, or medicine/nursing/allied health, e.g. ‘Access to Paramedicine’. We do not accept Health and Social Care.
  • Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with at least 18 at Distinction and the remaining 27 with an overall Merit profile.
  • You must have achieved, or be studying to achieve, GSCE grade C / grade 4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English in addition to the Access to HE Diploma.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Must achieve 112 UCAS tariff points. 1 HL subject at grade 5 or above and 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above – to include a natural science. Remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core subjects.

GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

  • All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, English and Double Science.

Level 4 / 5 / 6 qualifications

  • Graduates will be considered – a minimum of 2:2 (lower second class) undergraduate degree in a science or healthcare subject.
  • Health care professionals with relevant qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • We will consider applicants who have undertaken Open University modules / courses in science subjects.

International qualifications

International qualifications are considered on an individual basis for equivalency using the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC). For all applicants where English is not their first language, IELTS at level 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 achieved in any one band) is required. Other English language test are accepted. Please contact the International Office.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interview, occupational health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

Applicants must be in possession of a full UK/EU driving licence (with a maximum of 3 penalty points) with category B (car), by 31st August of the year of entry. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to have a provisional C1 category on their licence.

Applicants must be physically fit in order to undertake clinical placements, which will involve ambulance duties. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • lifting and carrying of equipment
  • climbing flights of stairs
  • moving and handling patients
  • undertaking a variety of shifts, including night-work

Professional Accreditations

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.

Careers

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Work Placement

Practice placement

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.

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional

Year 2

Core Modules

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional

Year 3

Core Modules

  • Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics

    This 15 credit Level 6 module will develop students understanding of clinical pharmacology as applied to paramedic's contemporary clinical practice. By integrating bioscience, pathophysiological and patient assessment knowledge, students will be able to critically consider the impact of these factors upon pharmacological interventions. The module will enable paramedics to acquire the appropriate underpinning knowledge, synthesised in a cohesive manner, to support the safe administration of selected pharmacological/non pharmacological interventions.

  • 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.

  • Patient Assessment and Management III

    This 30 credit level 6 module will further develop key concepts in the assessment and management of paediatric, obstetric and neonatal groups and patients with minor injuries and minor health conditions. Clinical assessment skills we be expanded through the acquisition of advanced clinical assessment techniques to underpin clinical decision making and enhance diagnostic capabilities. Clinical leadership in a range of settings will be explored, with particular reference to the role of human factors and crew resource management. Drawing on knowledge of physical assessment, therapeutic interventions, clinical skills, bioscience, pharmacology and psychosocial issues, students will be encouraged to employ diagnostic reasoning and critically evaluate a range of treatment, discharge and referral strategies to manage clinical risk.

  • Practice Education III

    Students will undertake the module predominantly in clinical settings supported by a Paramedic Educator. The focus of the students’ learning is to advance students’ clinical reasoning, knowledge and skills in patient assessment and management throughout their placement.

  • Research in Paramedic 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 paramedic 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 observational, research 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.

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2016

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,000 for the 2016 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,500 for the 2016 academic year

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,850 for the 2017 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Additional course-related costs

There may be some additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. These costs or charges may be compulsory (ie you have to pay them if you are studying this course) or they may be optional (ie you don’t have to pay them, but they may help you get the most out of your course).

Any such costs or charges will be outlined in the About your course factsheet that can be found on the course Overview page.

Additional course costs

Compulsory

Placement travel (average) depends where accommodation is situated £400

Optional

Student membership of College of Paramedics £30

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

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.

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How to apply

2017

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28/09/201723/09/2018Apply online (Full Time)
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01/09/201731/07/2018Apply online (Full Time)

2018

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28/09/201823/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
01/09/201831/07/2019Apply online (Full Time)