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Paramedic Science Foundation Degree

UCAS code B780
Location Stafford campus

2 years
3 terms over an extended academic year of 45 weeks


2014/15, full time:

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

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council. It’s ideal if you’re interested in pre-hospital emergency care; want a career as a paramedic or want to progress onto a Paramedic Science degree.

Course outline

Our Paramedic Science Pre-registration Programme covers:

  • Biological sciences
  • Health and social policy
  • Behavioural sciences
  • Legal, ethical and professional issues
  • Research and evaluation

You'll learn about pre-hospital care in relation to different theoretical perspectives, including philosophy, social sciences, humanities and the life sciences. And you'll practice your skills within the safety of our dedicated skills labs. You'll also spend time within the pre-hospital practice environment, with a paramedic mentor to support your development.

You'll be taught by experienced practitioners and educators – many have had their work published in paramedic related publications. Our paramedic lecturers are operational within the local Ambulance Service and we have great relationships with local healthcare providers.

You'll get to use our specialist advanced life support manikins and dedicated skills labs. You will complete scenario training within Staffordshire University's own fully functional ambulance and converted furnished house which is also fitted with video and audio facilities for training purposes.

You'll learn through group, inter-professional and independent study, combining lectures, tutorials and e-learning with clinical placements and problem-based/scenario learning. This course consists of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent clinical practice with a local Ambulance Service.

Graduate destinations

This award meets the statutory requirements for paramedic education, and successful completion entitles you to apply for HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registration.

HCPC registration means you can use the protected title ‘paramedic’ and will allow you to apply for a job with any Ambulance Service or private organisation within the UK. Opportunities to work abroad may also be available.

Entry requirements

For our Foundation Degree courses we require either:

  • 160 UCAS points (which translates, for example, to A levels DDE or CC) AND 2 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
  • 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 HEAccess to Higher Education course (QAA pass)
  • Intermediate GNVQ (six units studied), plus 1 GCSE grade A-C
  • National Diploma (formerly BTEC) passed with merits
  • Degree or other health related Higher Education qualifications
  • Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have:  IELTS 7,  TOEFL computer-based >250

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


The award incorporates relevant aspects of the College of Paramedic curriculum and fully meets the Health Professions Council's Standards of Education and Training and the Quality Assurance Agency's Benchmark Statements.

On completion of the award, you will fully meet the Health Professions Council's Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics and will be eligible to apply for professional registration.

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 programme will be delivered over two extended academic years to schedule a minimum of 3000 hours study combined theory and practice (1500 hours of theoretical learning and 1500 hours of practice based learning). Modules have been developed in an integrated fashion to demonstrate alignment in teaching, learning and assessment of skills and knowledge in university and clinical practice settings.

Students will access the University campus at Stafford (occasionally Stoke on Trent) for delivery of the taught component, while clinical skills practice will be via access to emergency and out of hospital placements in the placement provider locality. The principal teaching and learning methods utilised to achieve the intended learning outcomes are delivered include, lead lectures, workshops, seminars, student led activities, group work, tutorials, problem based learning scenarios, clinical laboratory practice and skills practice and placement Learning. The teaching is practice centred, aimed at integrating theory and practice, promotes an evidence based approach to practice and enables greater independence in the learner as the Award progresses. Support and guidance materials will be accessed via the University's virtual learning environment (VLE).

Simulated practice of clinical skills will take place in the Faculty's well equipped clinical skills laboratories. Skills laboratories at the Stafford campus offer clinical as well as a simulated home environment, while students will also have access to a community house at our Stoke campus where simulated scenarios can be enacted and viewed via CCTV in the resource area. During practical sessions you may be requested to take on the role of clients to support your learning.

You will be required to develop a professional perspective in relation to team working,

become an effective communicator, be able to contribute productively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be organisationally aware. Some teaching sessions may be undertaken with students preparing for other Health Care professions, which afford opportunities for inter-professional education, drawing on their diverse backgrounds and experiences. ,

Problem-based learning (PBL) will feature throughout the Award to encourage integration of subject matter studied on different modules and application of knowledge to practice. This approach enhances learning by attaching new pieces of information to an existing foundation of knowledge. You will work in a group on a task that resembles a real-life situation faced in clinical practice. PBL will initially be facilitated by a tutor and then student led, leading to a final group presentation.

Practice-based learning is a key feature and constitutes 50% of the programme. Integration of theory and practice is enabled by access to a wide range of clinical experience throughout the practice placement provider locality. The clinical focus of the programme is designed to enable students to meet the competency outcomes identified in the Health Professions Council Standards of Proficiency. Thus the gaining of competence in clinical and professional skills under the supervision of an appropriately prepared paramedic mentor is central to this programme.
The practice learning strategy for the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science is in 2 stages and aligns with the theoretical focus and award outcomes for each year:

Year 1: Assisting in paramedic delivery and skills. The focus is learning essential core paramedic skills and values, and participating as a safe practitioner in care delivery under direct supervision.

Year 2: expansion of clinical skill delivery, independence and confidence. The focus is greater application and integration of knowledge and skills along with competence in professional practice.


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 this paramedic Foundation Degree are explicitly and appropriately tested through the variety of summative assessments which may include essays, workbooks, posters and power-point presentations, portfolios, analytical learning logs, reflective case studies, critical appraisal of research practice assessments, practical assessments and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). It has been designed to actively promote learning and to provide opportunity for the student to demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

This strategy facilitates your personal, educational and professional development whilst undertaking the programme. It also contributes to maintaining standards and assuring the safety of patients, clients, and carers. The aim of the assessment strategy is to ensure that equal attention is given to assessing theoretical and practical elements of the Award. This is in line with the aims of the Award to fulfil the professional requirements, meet entry requirements for access to the professional register.

The combination of study at University and work-based learning in clinical placements will allow you to develop a body of knowledge in the context of clinical practice. University-based and practice-based assessments 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 Professions Council.

Employment opportunities

The program will develop a student paramedic who is fit for purpose, role and employment and is eligible to apply for paramedic registration with the Health Professions Council.
Paramedic practitioners work principally with patients, families and communities in the pre-hospital setting, including primary-care, acute and critical-care, community, private practice, industry and sports settings. While the National Health Service 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. Paramedics also provide critical care transportation services, often as part of a team of health care professionals.

Key features

  • Paramedic Practice offers a range of career opportunities.

  • Advanced clinical skills.

  • You will work in partnership with Service users, families, carers and significant others. You will also be working alongside a multi-disciplinary teams.

  • 50% Theory & 50% practice placement experience within the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Where next?

As an emerging profession, a career as a Registered Paramedic will ensure that your skills will always be in demand and your horizons will be unlimited. The ambulance service are rapidly modernising their services and now provide a range of services to provide mobile healthcare to the patient. This means there will be a wider choice of career pathway as you develop, you can diversify or specialise. You will always be needed in a profession that is of value to everybody

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