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Paramedic Science Foundation Degree

UCAS code B780
Location Stafford campus
Duration

Direct entry pathway: 2 years, 3 terms per year over an extended academic year of 45 weeks

Fee

2014/15 Academic Year, Full-time

  • Home and EU students: £8,620 per year of study
  • International students: £10,000 per year of study

2014/15 Academic Year, Full-time

  • Home and EU students: £8,620 per year of study
  • International students: £10,000 per year of study
Course Start September
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location Mode Start date Apply
Stafford Full-time 2014/15 Academic Year Apply via UCAS
Stafford Full-time 2014/15 Academic Year Apply via UCAS

This Award is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council. It with provide you with the necessary knowledge clinical skills required for employment as a Paramedic within the UK. Should you wish to progress, it will also provide a foundation for the Paramedic Science BSc(hons) award.

Course outline

Paramedics play an essential role in the delivery of patient care in the complex and dynamic pre-hospital care environment. The role requires the application of potentially life-saving clinical skills and the administration of drugs to support the physiological status of patients. This will often need to be achieved under emergency conditions and with patients from across the age spectrum who may be suffering from a variety of medical problems and/or traumatic injuries.

This Award incorporates key areas of biological sciences; health and social policy; behavioural sciences; legal, ethical and professional issues and research and evaluation. Understanding pre-hospital care and related issues requires an appreciation of the inter-relationship of a number of theoretical perspectives including those arising from the disciplines of philosophy, social sciences, humanities and the life sciences. Paramedic practice is also an expanding area of the NHS with new roles and responsibilities constantly being introduced.

Whilst a proportion of the Award is devoted to essential underpinning theoretical principles, much of the time spent at university will be focussed upon allowing you to practice the clinical skills you will learn within the safety of dedicated skills-labs, Staffordshire University’s fully kitted ambulance, and problem-based scenarios which are set within a variety of simulated settings (including a converted and furnished house which is fitted with video and audio facilities for training purposes).

Whilst at university you will be taught by experienced paramedics and other pre-hospital educators – many of whom have had their work published in educational and paramedic related journals. You will also spend half of your time within the pre-hospital practice environment, linked to a paramedic mentor, who will guide and facilitate your development. Other placement opportunities are also available.

Graduate destinations

This Award meets the statutory requirements for paramedic education, with most graduates seeking employment as a paramedic within the NHS or the private sector. If you wish to progress, it will also provide you with the necessary foundations of knowledge for the Paramedic Science BSc(Hons) award (which requires an additional 120 credits of study at level 6).

Entry requirements

  • 160 UCAS points (which translates, for example, to A levels DDE or CC) AND 5 GCSE passes (or approved equivalent) at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics. Evidence of recent study is necessary i.e. within the last five years

  • If your GCSEs do not include English and/or Maths you will have to provide evidence of: 
    - Literacy at level 2 (for example the ‘Learn Direct’ Adult Literacy Certificate) 
    - Numeracy at level 2 (for example the ‘Learn Direct’ Adult Numeracy Certificate)

  • A QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Health or Nursing Course

  • Intermediate GNVQ (6 units studied) plus 1 GCSE A-C 

  • BTEC National Certificate (MM) or BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject

  • Degree or other Higher Education qualifications

  • Staffordshire University Foundation Certificate in HE Access to Higher Education course (QAA pass)

  • Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have:  IELTS 7,  TOEFL computer-based >250 

Additional criteria for admission

  • Applicants must be 18 years or over on commencement of the programme

  • Satisfactory health screening

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check

  • All students on Health and Social Care Pre-Qualifying Awards are required to sign a Contract of Professional Behaviour

  • Satisfactory attainment of a math test

Selection will normally be conducted with representation from the University and the partner Ambulance Trust

Accreditation

This Award meets the statutory requirements for paramedic education, and successful completion entitles you to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration, a prerequisite for employment as a Paramedic within the UK. It incorporates relevant aspects of the College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidance and meets the HCPC's Standards of Education and Training and the Quality Assurance Agency's Benchmark Statements.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning strategies focus on the role of the paramedic practitioner in the provision of high quality care in the pre-hospital setting. The Award will be delivered over two extended academic years and consists of a minimum of 1500 hours of university-based learning and 1500 hours of practice-based learning (50/50 split), with additional placement opportunities in specialist placement areas.
The principal teaching and learning methods include, lead lectures, workshops, seminars, student led activities, group work, tutorials, clinical laboratory practice and placement-based learning. Problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios will feature throughout the Award to encourage integration of subject matter studied on different modules, concepts of team working, and application of knowledge to practice. The teaching and learning is intended to integrate theory and practice, promote an evidence based approach and promote greater learner independence as the award progresses. Support and guidance materials will be accessed via the University's virtual learning environment (VLE).

The university-based elements will primarily take place at the Stafford campus, although some scenario sessions will take place at Stoke on Trent. Simulated practice of clinical skills will take place in the Faculty of Health Sciences well equipped clinical skills laboratories, and various other specialist facilities/locations are used to promote realistic scenarios. These include, the University's fully-kitted ambulance, a "community house" (which has been furnished and fitted with audio and video facilities), casualty extrication training with Staffordshire Fire Service, and scenario training at the Safeside at Eastside village site.


Some teaching sessions may also be undertaken with students preparing for other Health Care professions, affording opportunities for inter-professional education. Please note that during practical sessions you may be requested to take on the role of pre-hospital service-users to support your learning.

With reference to Staffordshire University's new training ambulance, Aimee Trimbee - OD Officer for West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Practice Placements) said: "The new vehicle will provide the students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working within this environment and provide a chance for them to familiarise themselves with their surroundings before they take on their student placements out of the road. We work extremely closely with Universities and students to ensure they get the best training possible, helping them on their way to a career within the service."

The practice-based learning elements are a key feature of the Award and are normally facilitated within West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. It is here (whilst under the mentorship of an experienced paramedic) that you will respond to urgent and emergency calls, and apply the theoretical knowledge and the clinical skills that you have learned at university. In addition, within this element there is the opportunity to experience additional potential placements, such as Theatres, and Accident and Emergency. The clinical focus of the practice-based element is designed to enable you to meet the competency requirements identified within the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency.

Assessment

The assessment strategy for this Award is underpinned by the need to ensure fitness for practice by meeting the specified academic and professional outcomes and competences. Assessment is an essential part of the learning process. It is the process which measures educational attainment on the basis of your performance and provides you with feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of your performance. In order to provide this feedback you will experience a variety of methods, which aim to give both a formative (developmental) and summative (for final grading) evaluation of achievements and progress which may include self and peer assessments.

The purpose of this assessment strategy is to ensure that the defined outcomes of the Award are explicitly and appropriately tested through a variety of assessments which may include essays, workbooks, posters and power-point presentations, portfolios, analytical learning logs, reflective case studies, critical appraisal, practical assessments and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). It has been designed to actively promote learning and to provide an opportunity for the student to demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes.


This strategy facilitates your personal, educational and professional development whilst undertaking the Award. It also contributes to maintaining standards and assuring the safety of patients, pre-hospital service-users, and carers. The assessment strategy is intended to ensure that appropriate attention is given to assessing theoretical and practical elements of the Award, and allow you to develop a body of knowledge in the context of clinical practice. University-based and practice-based assessments are intended to ensure that you have developed, as a minimum, the threshold level of skills and knowledge required to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Employment opportunities

This Award is intended to develop a paramedic who is fit for purpose, role and employment and is eligible to apply for paramedic registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Whilst the NHS employs the majority of paramedics and paramedic practitioners, a significant number also work in private practice. The defining features of paramedic care is that it is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and focuses on meeting immediate emergency care needs in the pre-hospital setting.

Key features

  • This Award meets the statutory requirements for paramedic education, and successful completion entitles you to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration. A prerequisite for employment as a Paramedic within the UK

  • This Award is split between 50% university-based elements and 50% practice-based elements

  • You will be taught by experienced paramedic lecturers and other key educators with a pre-hospital knowledge-base

  • The practice-based elements are focussed upon gaining experience within the pre-hospital environment. This will take place under the mentorship of an appropriately experienced paramedic normally within the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Where next?

As pre-hospital service provision and paramedic autonomy continues to evolve, there is an ever expanding field of opportunity in this area. This exciting career path is set to continue to diversify, offering the potential for greater specialisation in the future.

Should you wish to further develop your clinical skills and theoretical knowledge, this Award will also provide a foundation for the Paramedic Science BSc(hons) award.

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Contact

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Stoke on Trent
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United Kingdom
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