What you'll study
Taught in Mansfield, this course provides a full-time route to achieving the Cert HE Ambulance Technician Practice (ATP). It combines all the components you’ll need to practice as an Ambulance Technician in the modern NHS.
If you are looking for a rewarding vocation that involves helping others at their greatest time of need, able to keep calm under pressure, make good decisions and take control, a career as an ambulance technician could be the ideal choice. It’s a role that provides job satisfaction, excellent benefits and a wealth of opportunities to develop your skills further.
As an ambulance technician, you will act as part of the emergency team, working with emergency care assistants and paramedics, responding to emergency calls and delivering high-quality pre-hospital care. It’s a highly rewarding role, and one where you will assess, treat and manage patients at the scene of an accident or in their home, deciding if they should be transferred to hospital or other medical facility for further treatment.
You may operate as a single responder, work on a double-crewed ambulance as the lead clinician or support a paramedic in clinical practice. You will attain many of the same skills as paramedics, such as being able to assess, triage and provide lifesaving treatment. You will have responsibility for the direct clinical care of patients, service users and their carers and significant others.
You will study 120 credits at level 4.
Year One, Level 4
- Foundations of Ambulance Care Practice (40 Credits)
- Principles of Human Health & Wellbeing (20 Credits)
- Foundation of Professional Practice (20 Credits)
- Principles of Human Illness (20 Credits)
- Healthcare Law & Ethics (20 Credits)
How you’re taught
Your learning will include a blend of face to face tuition at university, alongside independent activities, such as case studies or problem-based learning scenarios. You will also spend a significant amount of time on placement, predominantly alongside your practice educator within the ambulance service.
Practice placement is a compulsory component of the course and enables you to link the theory to practice and develop the necessary competences needed to become an ambulance technician. You will not be paid for this time and travel expenses are not refunded as part of the course.
You will spend the majority of you time on placement working with your dedicated practice educator, who will guide and develop your skills and knowledge of the assessment and management of a wide range of clinical cases. You will follow the clinical shift patterns of your practice educator, which will include unsociable hours including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays. You will be expected to complete approximately 750 hours.
We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid-19.
Assessment methods on the course include but are not limited to:
- OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) - Practical demonstrations of skills in a simulated environment
- Practice Educators observations of competency in practice
- An E-portfolio (PebblePad)
- Case studies
- Reflective accounts
- Academic posters
- Multiple-choice and short-answer question exams.
- Simulated Multi-disciplinary meetings
Careers and employability
After graduating from this programme, you will be able to apply for employment as an ambulance technician with a UK Ambulance Trust or private provider. You will have the opportunity to progress to team leader, supervisor or other management roles.
Having consolidated your clinical practice, you will also be eligible to apply to train as a paramedic. This certificate allows you to apply for advanced standing entry into year two of either the L6 Paramedic Apprenticeship, or BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (subject to availability).
Other developmental roles include but are not limited to:
- Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART)
- Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
- helicopter / search and rescue
- wilderness / remote medical support
- telephone triage / 111 call advisors
- event medical technician.
For November 2020 entry you will need:
Three GCSEs grade C / 4 or above including Maths and English
(Passes in Functional Skills and Key Skills qualifications at level 2 in Maths and English can be accepted as equivalents)
Plus, one of the following:
A minimum of 48 UCAS points ‘D D’ (excluding General Studies, Key Skills and Music exams) One subject should be a natural science (Psychology is acceptable, or a Health-related subject or Public Services).
Typical Offer 'PPP' – BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science / Health / Public Services
Access to HE Diploma
Pass in the QAA Access to HE with at least 45 credits at Pass. English and Maths GCSEs required as separate qualifications.
Alternative Entry Approaches
NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.
All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.
NTU we recognise the commitment and achievement required to take part in national voluntary adult and cadet programmes, particularly those with a focus on health and first aid, such as St John Ambulance, Territorial Army, Army Cadets, 999 Academy or Community Responder programme.
If you do not have 48 UCAS points, we will still consider your application if you meet the following requirements:
- You can demonstrate over two years of commitment to a programme (and were aged 15 or older when this started).
- You can provide a supporting letter of recommendation from your unit manager, youth team or commanding officer.
Please note: the GCSE entry requirements will still apply.
We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants when supported by relevant work experience.
Disclosure Barring Service
In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:
- an understanding of the role of the Ambulance Technician and current issues in pre-hospital care
- any evidence of health-related work (paid or voluntary)
- How your personal values align to the NHS Core values
You will also need to:
- undertake an interview with a lecturer
- confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet, and word processing
- provide evidence of vaccination against Hep B, or undergo a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.
The UCAS Tariff
We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.
Getting in touch
If you need further help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200
How to apply
Writing your application and personal statement
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.
Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.
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