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Start Dates: Sep
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:7V3R
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

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

 


  • 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.

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Units

  • Fundamentals Of Paramedic Practice (PAR003-1) Compulsory
  • Health Science For Paramedic Practice (PAR004-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Academic Studies (PAR001-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Clinical Assessment Skills For Paramedics (PAR002-1) Compulsory
  • Professional Values And Relationships (PAR005-1) Compulsory
  • Assessment And Management Of Long Term Conditions (PAR001-2) Compulsory
  • Leadership And Team Working For Paramedic Practice (PAR002-2) Compulsory
  • Mental Health Care For Paramedics (PAR004-2) Compulsory
  • Obstetric And Neonatal Care For Paramedics (PAR003-2) Compulsory
  • Trauma Management In Paramedic Practice (PAR005-2) Compulsory
  • Minor Illnesses And Injuries (PAR003-3) Compulsory
  • Quality And Safety In Paramedic Science (PAR004-3) Compulsory
  • The Critically Unwell Person (PAR001-3) Compulsory
  • Transition To Professional Practice For Paramedics (PAR002-3) Compulsory

The course assessment strategy is closely aligned to the teaching and learning strategy which is designed to have: immediate relevance to practice; draw on expertise-by-experience; foster active learning and be learner-centred in approach. A distinct feature of the course is the range of assessment tasks, including those that allow you to undertake workplace relevant assessments that can have an immediate impact in practice. Examples include: written assignments ranging from reflective pieces to academic essays culminating in a service improvement project, assessed practice within your placements; computer based examinations and oral presentations. Use of professional and theoretical literature will increase in complexity, depth and breadth as you progress through the course. In the first year, you will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the evidence-based literature and apply this to practice. In contrast, the second year will demand deeper analysis and evaluation of the literature and its applications. For example, you will develop your ability to study and practice more independently. You will be expected to identify a subject that particularly interests you based upon the NHS values, and propose a service improvement project supported by appropriate literature. Assessments of clinical skills will begin with observation of your participation in caring for patients/service users during practice. Expectations of the levels of skill demonstrated by you will increase over time and by the final assessments you will be expected to manage more complex and challenging encounters in a non-judgemental, empathic manner in accordance with NHS values.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 112 UCAS points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 UCAS points with Distinction, Merit, Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction*, Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • 112 UCAS points from a completed Access to Higher Education Diploma.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards can be considered.
  • All applicants must have A* - C GCSEs including Maths, English and a science or equivalent level 2 qualifications such as Functional skills level 2.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 112 UCAS points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 UCAS points with Distinction, Merit, Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction*, Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • 112 UCAS points from a completed Access to Higher Education Diploma.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards can be considered.
  • All applicants must have A* - C GCSEs including Maths, English and a science or equivalent level 2 qualifications such as Functional skills level 2.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


As a graduate of this course you will be able to work as the lead clinician in the ambulance service. Upon gaining experience, you could diversify in to areas such as Hazardous Areas Response Teams (HART), flight paramedics and management roles.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Additional NHS funding available. Click here to find out more.

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £14,300 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Additional NHS funding available. Click here to find out more.


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £14,300 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate equipment.

Your kit should include:

  • Stethoscope (£5-£60)
  • Watch (£5-£20)
  • Course Polo shirt (around £15)

DBS : You will need to pay 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 for 3.5 days a week for the first 6 weeks. Thereafter, years 1-3 will require 2 days at Luton campus and 2 days in placement (exact details available via timetables). Specialist learning may require learning to occur off-site when engaging with other services or disciplines; for these activities, car sharing is promoted.

Living costs

All of our campuses have full catering facilities where you may purchase meals or snacks. Likewise, if living in Halls, you will need to make your own arrangements for food etc.

Parking

The University does have a limited number of parking spaces available, price on request.

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

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here

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 as an International student

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 as an International student