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BSc (Hons)

Paramedic Science

BA Paramedic
  • UCAS code(s): B945
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: TBC

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.

*This course is subject to validation. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course web page for the latest developments.

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

      • 3 GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 and above including mathematics, English Language or literature and a science subject.
      • Plus 112 CAT Points typically from:
      • 3 A-levels – BBC / ABD / ACC; or
      • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM;
      • and GCSEs – English and Maths 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.

        • 3 GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 and above including mathematics, English Language or literature and a science subject.
        • Plus 112 CAT Points typically from:
        • 3 A-levels – BBC / ABD / ACC; or
        • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM;
        • and GCSEs – English and Maths 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

For further details please contact s3.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk.

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

For further details please contact s3.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk.

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

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019 entry (2020 fees TBC)

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)
Full-time£9,250

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.

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.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
Study routeInternational
Full-time£13,900

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.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

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