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BSc (Hons)

Paramedic Science

Paramedic

Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): B945
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 3 years

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.

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).

  • Year One, Level 4

    • 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)
  • Year Two, Level 5

    • 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)
  • Year Three, Level 6

    • Enhancing Paramedic Practice (20 Credits)
    • Preparation for Professional Practice (20 Credits)
    • Speciality Practice (20 Credits)
    • Managing Complexity in Practice (20 Credits)
    • Dissertation (40 Credits)

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

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

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.

Entry requirements

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 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.

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.

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.

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 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.

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.

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 any more help or information, please email us.

How to apply

This course is now closed for 2021 entry.

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.

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

This course is now closed for 2021 entry.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

Good luck with your application!

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

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

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.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

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.

A good supply of these essential text books are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

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 may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.  If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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.

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.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

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.

A good supply of these essential text books are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

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 may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.  If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Professional Courses Team
+44 (0)115 848 4460