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Paramedic Science

BSc (Hons)

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Specialist facilities

Including our Paramedic Training Ambulance and Clinical Skills Labs

Realistic training scenarios

Practice your skills at a custom-built training village

UCAS code:
B780, B781
Location:
Centre of Excellence Stafford
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
16 September 2019 - 29 July 2020
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Develop the life-saving clinical skills and interventions needed to deliver patient care in the complex and dynamic pre-hospital care environment.

In accordance with the College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidance, this course incorporates key areas of the physical and life sciences, social health, behavioural and clinical sciences, ethics and law, leadership and evidence/research-based practice.

Your time at the University will be spent in one of our Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education, where you will learn the theoretical elements of Paramedic Science and practice your skills in our dedicated skills labs.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award:

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Part-time study

When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 40 credits in your first year of study. The other 80 credits will be split equally between your second and final year of study

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in three years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Work placements

As training to be a paramedic also demands real-world experience, you will undertake an assessed practice learning placement in each year of study.

For real-world training, placement hours comply with guidance from the College of paramedics and include working a full range of shifts alongside a dedicated Paramedic from the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Course content

Taught by experienced paramedics and specialist lecturers from other healthcare professions, you will face realistic scenarios and learn to use a wide range of pre-hospital emergency response equipment.

You’ll hone your skills in our fully equipped training ambulance and our authentic ‘patient house’.

Other training activities typically include a casualty extrication exercise at Staffordshire Fire Service HQ (where you will learn how to triage and treat alongside Fire Service and Police trainees) and scenario training at the Safeside at Eastside ‘village’ site.

With a furnished three-bedroom house, a train, train tracks, a Police Station, a shop, a canal and a traffic crossing, the site allows for a number of extremely realistic training scenarios.

Taught by experienced paramedics and specialist lecturers from other healthcare professions, you will face realistic scenarios and learn to use a wide range of pre-hospital emergency response equipment.

You’ll hone your skills in our fully equipped training ambulance and our authentic ‘patient house’.

Other training activities typically include a casualty extrication exercise at Staffordshire Fire Service HQ (where you will learn how to triage and treat alongside Fire Service and Police trainees) and scenario training at the Safeside at Eastside ‘village’ site.

With a furnished three-bedroom house, a train, train tracks, a Police Station, a shop, a canal and a traffic crossing, the site allows for a number of extremely realistic training scenarios.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

The course operates on a modular basis. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Professional body accreditation

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a paramedic.

Health & Care Professions Council

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Introduction to Clinical Skills for Paramedic Practice
Introduction to Communication and Professionalism for Paramedic Practice
Introduction to Applied Clinical Paramedic Practice
Introduction to Biological Sciences and Pharmacology for Paramedic Practice
Vulnerable Groups and Social Determinants of Healthcare
Year 2 compulsory modules
Developing Perioperative Care Strategies
Intermediate Perioperative Care
Clinical Skills for Paramedic Practice
Applied Clinical Skills for Paramedic Practice
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Paramedic Science
Principles of Informed Autonomous Practice
Year 3 compulsory modules
Advancing Assessment and Management for Paramedic Practice
Applied Advancing Assessment and Management for Paramedic Practice
Research and Service Development in Paramedic Practice
The Evolving Context for Professional Paramedic Practice

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer:112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above in English and Mathematics
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 60 credits (45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2)

All applicants must be 18 years or over upon commencement of the programme.

All applicants who are shortlisted for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science will be invited to attend a Selection Day at the Centre of Excellence. Whilst part of this day will be a short face-to-face interview, it also gives applicants the opportunity to see and experience our brilliant facilities, meet our Academics and to get to speak with others who have applied to the programme.

All applications must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 IELTS with no elements below 6.5.

Typical UCAS Offer:112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • GCSE passes at grade C (4) or above in English and Mathematics
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 60 credits (45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2)

All applicants must be 18 years or over upon commencement of the programme.

All applicants who are shortlisted for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science will be invited to attend a Selection Day at the Centre of Excellence. Whilst part of this day will be a short face-to-face interview, it also gives applicants the opportunity to see and experience our brilliant facilities, meet our Academics and to get to speak with others who have applied to the programme.

All applications must be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to Level 7 IELTS with no elements below 6.5.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates can apply for employment within any NHS or private pre-hospital organisation. Typically, graduates will gain employment with NHS Ambulance Trusts and with a range of private providers.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£3,080 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Centre of Excellence Stafford
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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