FdSc Paramedic Science FdSc
About the course
This course is available to UK/EU students only.
If you are aiming for a career as a Paramedic but do not have the qualifications you need for our BSc course, this FdSc Paramedic Science foundation degree is an ideal route.
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.
Integrating full paramedic training to the Health and Care Professions Council registration standards, it is a two-year course run by the University in partnership with the London Ambulance Service NHS trust.
The course allows you to graduate with a FdSc Paramedic Science foundation degree, which you can choose to develop to a full Honours degree after further study (usually via a part-time route). The University offers a part-time BSc(Hons) in Applied Paramedic Science.
You will gain the professional knowledge and clinical assessment skills you need to become a confident, autonomous practitioner within the emergency environment.
The FdSc Paramedic Science course will give you a broad perspective of the profession and underpin your theoretical studies with plenty of practical experience.
The emphasis throughout is on the development of advanced knowledge and skills in patient care.
This FdSc Paramedic Science course builds on and enhances the capabilities you learnt in the previous year.
Taught modules include:
- physiology and altered physiology disorders
- disease and disease processes
- clinical skills
- patient assessment and management including pharmacological and other treatments
You will also study psychology, sociology, law and ethics in relation to the role of a paramedic.
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.
The ultimate aim of the FdSc Paramedic Science course is to promote patient well-being by developing you into a paramedic who can deliver holistic, efficient and sensitive evidence-based patient care.
Evidence-based practice and research
A sound understanding of evidence-based practice and research is a fundamental part of your training and throughout the FdSc Paramedic Science course, 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,
- It is specifically designed to support your studies and enhance your work experience through practice placements.
- Your practice placements are organised with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust - one of the busiest ambulance services in the world.
- 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 FdSc Paramedic Science degree, which significantly increases your employability opportunities.
180 UCAS points to include grade C 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 BTECs accepted, plus GCSEs grades A-C including mathematics, English language and Double Science (or 2 single sciences)
Access Diploma students must have 18 Distinctions at Level 3 .
All offers are subject to interview and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Applicants should be physically fit and have a full clean UK driving licence with a provisional C1 entitlement.
*Natural Science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology
- Full Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
As a paramedic, you will be expected to be able to provide immediate professional assistance to patients in all sorts of scenarios.
This FdSc Paramedic Science foundation degree has been developed with several Ambulance Service NHS Trusts to give you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to meet these expectations.
It will also give you a firm foundation for future development and the opportunity to advance your career into senior roles within the service.
First Year - The first year is primarily based in the University with short periods spent in the practice environment.
You will be taught alongside BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science students. In addition some modules will be studied with other healthcare students, which enhances your collective understanding of patient care processes.
Final Year - You will study modules on campus, combined with clinical placements interspersed throughout.
Your participation in this FdSc Paramedic Science foundation degree incorporates the competencies required for your qualification and professional registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Throughout your FdSc Paramedic Science foundation 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.
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 FdSc Paramedic Science degree, which significantly increases your employability opportunities.
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.
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 1a
This level 4, 15 credit, module is the first Patient Assessment and Management module on the programme, and forms the basis not only for the subsequent module in semester B, but also for the practice placement modules and the modules in following years. The 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 introductory 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.
Patient Assessment and Management 1b
This level 4, 15 credit, module is the second Patient Assessment and Management module on the programme, and follows on directly from the semester A module. The module aims to develop the knowledge of preliminary patient assessment and management gained from PAM 1a and apply it to assessment of the major body systems and management of common conditions. In developing the students knowledge and understanding this way it is hoped that they will be able to maximise their experience in placement.
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.
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,000 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: B781 Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science
- Course code: HHFDPS
- Course length:
- Full Time, 2 Years