Why Herts?
  • We have dedicated clinical skills facilities, including indoor and outdoor simulation areas, managed by qualified academic and technical staff, utilising innovative technologies to enhance the learning experience of students
  • Have access to our embedded Paramedic Clinical Research Unit, led by an internationally renowned Professor of Paramedic Science
  • Be part of a prestigious alumni body across the globe; many of whom have achieved senior positions of responsibility in the National Health Service or have been instrumental in the continuing development of the paramedic profession

About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

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.

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. 

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.

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1a 15 Credits Compulsory
    Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 1b 15 Credits Compulsory
    Behavioural and Social Issues for Paramedics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education I 30 Credits Compulsory
    Patient Assessment and Management I 30 Credits Compulsory
    An Introduction to Interprofessional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Patient Assessment and Management II 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education II 30 Credits Compulsory
    Pathophysiology for Paramedics 30 Credits Compulsory
    Evidence Based Practice and Research 15 Credits Compulsory
    Law and Ethics for the Paramedic 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research in Paramedic Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Practice Education III 30 Credits Compulsory
    Patient Assessment and Management III 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

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

    Compulsory

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

    Optional

    Student membership of College of Paramedics £30

    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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Scholarships

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    Other financial support

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    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

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    112BBC - B in a Natural Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Physics)DMM - BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Other Science BTECs will be considered (e.g. Sports and Exercise Science). (Does not include Health and Social Care.)

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201923/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201923/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)

    2020

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

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202123/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202123/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    01/09/202131/07/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students