Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)





About the course

The role of a paramedic is vital, rewarding, and expanding – with increasing emphasis on clinical decision-making skills – offering you an ideal career if you thrive under pressure and want a varied role in medical care.

This innovative course, developed in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service, will develop your clinical knowledge and confidence in simulated situations.

Spend around 50% of your time in supervised, supported practice, enabling you to experience the full 24-hour working pattern.

Your final year research project will enable you to progress to employment as a professional paramedic with a strong research base and potential for professional development.

The course is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council and leads to eligibility to register, on completion, as a registered paramedic.

NHS Constitution

The NHS constitution brings together details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS "aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. "

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. View the Constitution here



Accreditations

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Paramedic Science - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - 7V3R
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Mar,Sep
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn to work as part of the wider healthcare team in the modern pre-hospital world through simulation and supported practice, and develop your leadership skills
  • Study a course which is at the cutting edge of paramedic science, developed in partnership with a Trust serving 6 million people over 7,500 square miles
  • Develop clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills
  • Gain simulated and real-life supervised experience of the situations you will attend as a qualified paramedic
  • Explore service improvement with your final year research project, and present your findings at an annual conference
  • Benefit from a course which enables progression into a profession offering a varied and rewarding career

The course goes beyond the vision of paramedics of old, focusing purely on emergency life threatening problems. This new dynamic course sets to tackle the requirements of the modern ambulance service and paramedic role. The course aims to equip you with skills in emergency care as well as unscheduled care. 

The basic course design will take you from novice to expert over the course of three years of study.  This will be completed using a blended approach to learning ensuring that theory clearly meets with practical learning and each year you will be expected to undertake 750 hours of placement learning.

On completion of the course you will be able to consider both work in the ambulance service but also differing roles now being offered to paramedics both in the community and other areas of the NHS.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice
  • Introduction to Academic Studies
  • Introduction to Clinical Assessment Skills for Paramedics
  • Professional Values and Relationships
  • Health Science for Paramedic Practice
Year 2
  • Assessment and Management of Long Term Conditions
  • Leadership and Team working for Paramedic Practice
  • Trauma Management in Paramedic Practice
  • Obstetric and Neonatal Care for Paramedics
  • Mental Health Care for Paramedics
  • Minor Illness and Injuries
Year 3
  • Minor Illness and Injury
  • The Critically Unwell Person
  • Transition to Professional Practice for Paramedics
  • Quality and Safety in Paramedic Practice



Discover the School of Healthcare Practice

The School of Healthcare Practice provides contemporary education and training for students wishing to qualify as adult, mental health or children's nurses, midwives, paramedics or operating department practitioners.

It also supports the education and training of Healthcare Assistant Practitioners wishing to gain a foundation degree.

All students studying within the school spend at least 50% of their time in practice settings working with a practice mentor. All academic staff  are link lecturers to practice partners, supporting students in the practice areas.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in theoretical knowledge through essays, oral examinations (discussions with lecturers and mentors), presentations (individual and group presentations), unseen short and long-answer written examinations, multiple-choice examinations, OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical Examinations) and report writing.

You will also be assessed in practice by your mentors on a regular basis against a range of criteria that test your growing ability to make clinical judgements, act in accordance with the standards of behaviour expected of a professional, communicate and work in partnership with other health professionals, and other related criteria specific to the skills in question.

Formative assessments are also built into every practice-based and some theory assessments to ensure that you are fulfilling your potential and are receiving the support to enable you to succeed.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. The grades you can achieve in your level 3 qualifications will not change – only the tariff point attached to that particular grade will change.

    Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or grade C if taken before 2016), including English language or literature and mathematics and a science subject, plus one of the following:

  • 112 points with at least 96 points from 2 A Level or BTEC level 3 qualifications and other qualifications in the UCAS tariff. AS levels and General Studies A Level do not count towards this score.
  • Access to HE Diploma for a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science- based course. Normally we require 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 credits should be graded at distinction level
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate.
  • IELTS Grade of 7 overall and 6.5 in each area where English is a second language
  • NVQ Level 3 is not accepted for any of our professional healthcare courses.

    Additional:

    1. A full driving licence at point of interview. You will then need to gain your C1 driving licence during the course as your future employment may require you drive C1 vehicles.

    2. Undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to registration.

    3. Undergo health screening to assess your fitness to join the course, including an approved course of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health.

    For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The challenge in paramedic practice is now going beyond the basic skills of the registered paramedic. The College of Paramedics has clearly identified a progression pathway into advanced roles. 

Through the basic knowledge gained whilst studying at the University of Bedfordshire you will be prepared to move on to more advanced topics and education within your career development.

Several advanced paramedic roles are being developed and require transition of the knowledge gained at BSc level to be transferred and enhanced to take on further skills and knowledge of a higher order. The roles being developed are around critical care and supporting the sickest patients to ensure they get to the best hospital to support their ongoing care. This requires further assessment and clinical skills e.g. ultrasound.

Through being a paramedic you are continually learning. The BSc course is designed to keep your interest in learning and development, provide you, both with the desire to further develop and to provide the best care at all times to your patients.

The Paramedic Science degree is designed to be inclusive and provides the basis for excellent pre-hospital care. Lectures take many different forms and small cohorts allows for more practical hands-on approaches to education. As the University looks to the future, we aim to be educating the student paramedic for changes that will occur in the next five years.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate equipment.

Your kit should include:

  • Stethoscope (£5-£50)
  • Watch (£5-£20)

DBS - 2017 entry: You will need to make a £13 contribution annually towards a Disclosure and Barring Service check update.

DBS - 2018 entry: You will need to pay £44 for the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check plus an annual update charge of £13.

Occupational Health Clearance: You may need to pay for some additional services and vaccinations if not available through your GP.

Study materials

  • Stationery (printer ink, paper, pens, USB sticks, files etc (£30-£50)
  • Books (£50-£200)

Travel costs

You need to ensure that you budget for travelling from your home to the University; between academic sites and to and from placements. You need to budget for travel costs to ambulance station placements on a daily basis. Some NHS Trusts issue free permits for parking at NHS sites. Ambulance sites have free parking. In year 1 you need to come to Luton campus once per week.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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