Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

Overview

Paramedics are the frontline of the healthcare system. If you want to join them in helping people at their most critical time, this is the course for you.

This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course prepares for you for a challenging and rewarding career as a Paramedic. It gives you the medical knowledge and wide-ranging professional skills you need to be an effective first responder. On successful completion of the course you'll be eligible to apply to register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use professional facilities including our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you’ll practice life-saving skills on manikins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment
  • Work through scenarios you'll experience in your career, acting out examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and our high-fidelity patient simulator
  • Get more than 2,000 hours of practical experience in a variety of clinical settings, including community medicine, emergency departments, pathology, maternity, and critical care
  • Enjoy support from a personal mentor from the ambulance service, and shadow trained paramedics and allied healthcare professionals
  • Receive a Trust induction and full uniform from South Central Ambulance Service

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Previous students have done placements at:

  • Portsmouth & Southsea Station
  • Basingstoke Station
  • Isle of Wight Ambulance Station

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice
  • Science Informing Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Acute Prehospital Care
  • Applied Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Patient Assessment

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Assessment and Care of the Older Adult
  • Enhancing Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Pathology & Therapeutics for Paramedics
  • Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work
  • clinical placements

There's an emphasis on applying theoretical and practical components to clinical placements, so you're well prepared for your future career.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • assignments
  • projects
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 42% by written exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Paramedic Science degree?

At the end of the course you’ll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified Paramedic. Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector.

You can also continue your study or take on roles in other areas first response or teaching.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent. Applicants must be 18 or over when the course starts. Applicants with a full, category B (car) driving license should have no more than three penalty points. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

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