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Paramedics are autonomous practitioners, who are often the first point of contact for a patient requiring emergency or urgent healthcare. They work in a variety of settings and deliver patient care in situations that can be complex and highly pressured. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to manage patients with illness or injury, including assessment and diagnostic skills through to treatment or referral to other healthcare professionals. The course has strong emphasis on high-quality care, taking into account rapid changes within the profession. A sound understanding of evidence-based practice and research is a fundamental part of your education. Your studies will be interspersed with practice placements, facilitated by local ambulance services.

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.
  • 100% of our Paramedic Science graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

Upon graduation you'll be eligible to register as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council. Paramedics work in ambulance services, other NHS Trusts and the private sector. You can go on to specialise in urgent or critical care, research, management or education.

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.

Course details

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.

100% of our Paramedic Science graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

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

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1a - 15 Credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1b - 15 Credits
  • Behavioural and Social Issues for Paramedics - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education I - 30 Credits
  • Patient Assessment and Management I - 30 Credits
  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Patient Assessment and Management II - 30 Credits
  • Practice Education II - 30 Credits
  • Pathophysiology for Paramedics - 30 Credits
  • Evidence Based Practice and Research - 15 Credits
  • Law and Ethics for the Paramedic - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Research in Paramedic Practice - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics - 15 Credits
  • Practice Education III - 30 Credits
  • Patient Assessment and Management III - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £14550 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*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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Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

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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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

104-168 UCAS Points

A-Levels

Must include a grade B in a natural science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics)
 

BTEC

Must include a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points in Applied / Forensic / Medical / Sports Exercise Science. (not Health and Social Care).

International Baccalaureate Diploma

1 HL subject at grade 5 or above and 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above, one of which must be a natural science.

Find out more here 

or

Access to HE 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. Must achieve a minimum of 18 Distinctions, and the remaining 27 at Merit.
  • 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. Literacy and numeracy credits taken as part of the Access course will be accepted.
  • There is no GCSE Science requirement for those taking an Access course.

Other qualifications listed in the UCAS tariff will be considered.

GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

• 5 at Grade 4 t(to include Eng, Maths and Science)

Please note, 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.
 

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

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 should 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.

Offers are subject to interview, Enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health screening.

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

How to apply

2019

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28/09/201923/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201923/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
01/09/201931/07/2020Apply online (Full Time)

2020

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28/09/202023/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202023/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
01/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Full Time)