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Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): B945
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Today’s Paramedic is a highly skilled healthcare practitioner, who provides high quality urgent or emergency care to patients in a wide range of exciting, fast-paced and challenging environments. The Paramedic profession is at the forefront of the developing modern NHS, with paramedics extending their role in to an increasing range of new and exciting areas.

Upon successful completion of this 3-year BSc (Honours) Programme, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.

Course accreditation

  • HCPC Logo

What you’ll study

This course aims to provide a full-time, three-year route to achieving the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science by combining all the components required paramedic registration in this unified programme of study.

120 credits will be completed at each level (4, 5 and 6).

  • Foundations of Paramedic Practice (40 Credits)
  • Human Life Science (20 Credits)
  • Personal and Professional Identity (20 Credits)
  • Biopsychosocial Basis of Disease (20 Credits)
  • Legal & Ethical Practice in Care (20 Credits)
  • Developing Paramedic Practice (40 Credits)
  • Pharmacology in Practice (20 Credits)
  • Research and Evidence Based Practice (20 Credits)
  • Public Health & Wellbeing (20 Credits)
  • Paediatric and obstetric practice (20 Credits)
  • Enhancing Paramedic Practice (20 Credits)
  • Preparation for Professional Practice (20 Credits)
  • Speciality Practice (20 Credits)
  • Managing Complexity in Practice (20 Credits)
  • Dissertation (40 Credits)

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Jessica Czykita

Paramedic Science

As I am a mature student and a mother. I appeal to the ‘older’ generation… what are you waiting for? go and do it! I am so happy I took this step at my age where I am doing something for me, for once!

Alex Stockwell

Paramedic Science

Any problems or concerns that I may have had during the course, either placement or academic based, the lecturers have been able to support me and push me in the right direction.

Beth Griffiths

Paramedic Science

The most memorable moment from placement was my first baby delivery! Having the feeling of bringing a new life into the world is not something every 21 year old can say! It was truly amazing.

How you’re taught

Delivery mode

Your learning will include a blend of face to face tuition in university, alongside blended and independent learning activities to support your learning. You will also spend a significant amount of time on placement, predominantly with your practice educator within the ambulance service but also in a range of additional placements that will compliment your experience.

Placement

Practice placement is a compulsory component of the course to enable you to develop the necessary competences required for registration and practice as a registered Paramedic. You will not be paid for this time and travel expenses are not refunded as part of the course.

You will spend most of you time on placement working with your dedicated Practice Educator who will guide and develop your skills and knowledge. You will follow compulsory clinical shift patterns of your practice educator and this will include unsociable hours including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

You will be expected to complete approximately 1,500 hours over the 3 years.

Assessment

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
  • Presentations
  • Academic posters
  • Essays
  • Multiple-choice and short-answer question exams.
  • Simulated Multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Moot Court case

Contact hours

Facilities

As a paramedic student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the newly refurbished Clinical skills centre in the Lionel Robbins building and other facilities at Clifton campus, including:

  • clinical skills areas
  • lecturer theatres and teaching classrooms
  • open access PC's and secure wireless points
  • study areas and social spaces
  • Pavilion cafe,
  • The Point Student Union

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms, Laptop loan stations and PC clusters are distributed across the Clifton Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services

Book and Library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Paramedicine. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books

We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Careers and employability

After graduating from this undergraduate degree in Paramedic Science, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Your career prospects in this field are excellent because of the current high demand for registered paramedics in urgent and emergency care settings, locally, nationally and internationally.

Following the completion of your Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) programme in addition to the traditional roles of the Ambulance paramedic there are many other roles available to you as your experience grows.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Paramedic (AP)/ Specialist paramedic (SP) Specialising in Emergency Department, Prehospital or Primary care
  • Critical care paramedic (CCP)
  • Hazardous area response teams (HART)
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
  • Helicopter / Search and rescue
  • Wilderness / Remote medical support
  • Telephone triage /111 call advisors
  • Event medics
  • Primary care paramedic (GP or Community)
  • Emergent or Urgent care (Hospital)
  • Mental Health Specialist

Further details are available from the College of Paramedics.

Campus and facilities

The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP).

Entry requirements

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; (including A-level equivalent in a health, science or social science subject) and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4.
  • We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

    If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

    You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user,
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • 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.
  • Personal Statement

    In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:

  • an understanding of the role of a Paramedic and current issues in Paramedicine
  • any evidence of health-related work (Paid or voluntary)
  • How your personal values align to the NHS Core values
  • Important Information

    IELTS

    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.

    Other qualifications and experience

    We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

    We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

    Contextual offers

    As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

    Getting in touch

    If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

    This course is not suitable for Student visa (tier 4) applicants.

    For this course, you need one of the following:

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4.
  • We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

    If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

    International qualifications

    We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

  • Entry requirements by country
  • You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user,
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • 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.
  • Personal Statement

    In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:

  • an understanding of the role of a Paramedic and current issues in Paramedicine
  • any evidence of health-related work (Paid or voluntary)
  • How your personal values align to the NHS Core values
  • Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

    If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

  • Foundation courses leading to undergraduate study at NTU
  • English language entry requirements

    You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

  • English language requirements
  • Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)
  • Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

    You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

    Would you like some advice on your study plans?

    Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

  • Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students are recommended to purchase essential equipment for placement, including:

  • Pen torch
  • Stethoscope
  • Scissors/sheers

Prices vary dependant on supplier, and we recommend the purchase of a quality stethoscope for longevity of use.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Study routeInternational
Full-time £15,600

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Students are recommended to purchase essential equipment for placement, including:

  • Pen torch
  • Stethoscope
  • Scissors/sheers

Prices vary dependant on supplier, and we recommend the purchase of a quality stethoscope for longevity of use.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of 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.

Diversity of our students

We are committed to promoting a diverse and representative body of teacher trainees. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.

All applicants welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications. All applicants will need to apply through UCAS.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

This course is not suitable for Student visa (tier 4) applicants.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

The University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.