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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: September 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:7V3R

About the course

The work of a paramedic is vital, rewarding and expanding, with increasing emphasis on clinical decision-making skills. It is the ideal career for you if you are looking for a central, varied role in medical care and thrive under pressure.

This dynamic course takes you beyond the old perception of the paramedic, called out purely for life-threatening situations. It develops your clinical knowledge and confidence, equipping you with the skills needed for emergency and unscheduled care, and ensuring you meet the requirements of the modern ambulance service and expanding paramedic role.

Taking you from novice to expert over three years of study, the course uses a blended approach to learning, ensuring theory clearly meets with practice. Each year, you undertake 750 hours of placement learning, spending around 50% of your time in supervised, supported practice so you experience the full 24-hour working pattern.

The course has been developed in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service. It is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and, on successful course completion, leads to eligibility to register as a paramedic.

Why choose this course?
  • Study a course at the cutting edge of paramedic science, developed in partnership with a Trust serving six million people over 7,500 square miles
  • Gain simulated and real-life supervised experience of the situations you will attend as a qualified paramedic
  • Due to professional standards and regulatory requirements, our course groups are small so you are able to build supportive relationships with other students and your academic team
  • Learn to work as part of the wider healthcare team in the modern pre-hospital world
  • Develop your clinical reasoning and critical thinking as well as your leadership skills
  • Explore service improvement with your final-year research project and present your findings at an annual conference
  • Our employment rate is high: 95% of our professional course students are employed in their chosen profession
  • On completion of the course, you can move into a career within the ambulance service or in one of the new roles now being offered to paramedics, in the community and other areas of the NHS

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

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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

The campus where this course is taught

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.

Why study in the School of Community, Society and Health?

  • Placements in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
  • Study in simulation labs for real life scenarios

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.

Your first eight weeks will be on campus for theoretical studies, then for the remainder of your studies, you will be rotating every four-weeks in different placements and theory blocks. If you do not have access to a car, you will need to ensure you have sufficient funds to pay for your travel. 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

Extra Costs

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