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Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    £9,250

  • Location:

    Waterside

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Overview


Our Paramedic Science degree programme will provide you with a wide range of academic and practical components to equip you with the required competencies to become a Paramedic registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Our teaching team is made up of a Professional lead and a number of Lecturers and Senior Lecturers who are experienced Paramedics or Specialist Paramedics working in pre-hospital and hospital settings. All of our teaching staff have significant practice experience and qualifications in a variety of Masters level qualifications, with the majority having completed post-graduate certificates in Medical Education.

Updated 30/11/2020

Highlights


  • Robust and supportive mentoring to aid you whilst on placements.
  • Access to a clinical skills suite that has an ambulance simulator, medium fidelity manikins and a full range of paramedic patient management equipment and patient handling aids to assist you in your learning.
  • A variety of placements in clinical practice in both ambulance and non-ambulance areas
  • We have a robust mentorship and preceptorship in place to support you whilst you are on placement
  • There is specialised equipment is available in profession specific skill areas, including a purpose built ambulance within the skills laboratory
  • Work based placements will provide you with key industry experience.
  • Become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council on completion of the course.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

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Course Content


  • The course has a modular curriculum, ensuring that you are able to develop both academically and practically. This course combines practical placements with blended academic study in each term. Placements can be in ambulance service work areas such as emergency ambulances, response cars, or in specialist roles such as paramedic practitioners. Other practice areas include experience in theatre departments/anaesthetics, A&E, maternity, minor injury/minor illness, coronary care and paediatrics.

      • Module code: FHS_IPE20
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: PSC1009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an underpinning of the key concepts and practice in Emergency care. This module will allow the student to develop clinical assessment and intervention skills using a range of equipment and technologies.
      • Module code: PSC1010
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will ensure students demonstrate a robust knowledge base of anatomy physiology and pharmacology increase their understanding of the impact of disease or injury and us this understanding to assess & treat the wide range of conditions they are faced with in their operational environment.This will be achieved by using selected disease processes and injury patterns that enable reinforcement of basic anatomical and physiological principles as well as exploring the various pharmacological interventions that might be undertaken in practice.
      • Module code: PSC1011
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of professional issues related to paramedic practice in order to provide care to a range of patients. It enables the student to view the patient from a more holistic perspective and develops their knowledge of a range of important areas to ensure safe ethical legal and socially aware practice. This module also introduces and develops reflective practice.
      • Module code: PSC1012P
        Status: Compulsory
        This work based learning module provides the essential practice experiences that students require in terms of the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) Standards of Proficiency (Paramedics).? To enable students to demonstrate an awareness of each of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency 1 -15.8 inclusive.
      • Module code: PSC2014
        Status: Designate
        This module is aimed at staff who have a key role in supporting learning and assessment in the workplace. Students undertaking this module must have access to a minimum of x 1 work-based learner(s) and have the opportunity to teach and assess in the workplace. Students will have their mentorship skills assessed in the work setting and will generate product evidence demonstrating their acquisition of teaching and assessment skills. Reflective Practice will be used to support the development of critical thinking and to provide evidence of linking theory to practice.
      • Module code: PSC2015
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will develop the student?s ability to assess and provide care to a range of patients building on the content of PSC1009. It aims to develop student?s knowledge and understanding of paramedic clinical assessment and management in order to manage a range of common clinical presentations encountered in out-of-hospital settings.
      • Module code: PSC2016
        Status: Compulsory
        The module will integrate the students understanding of disease injury processes and pharmacological interventions and enable students to develop a safe and evidence based approach to management interventions (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) based on understanding and recognition of altered physiology. The student will be able to recognise common signs and symptoms and relate these to specific disease or patterns of injury.
      • Module code: PSC2017
        Status: Compulsory
        Health and social care professionals require a critical understanding of research and development to facilitate evidence-based practice. The Department of Health emphasises the need for research awareness in many recent publications on research and development as a foundation on which health and social care provision will be modernised. Critical knowledge of research is expected to develop within the context of enhanced awareness of research governance and a very clear understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities that pertain to all professionals whatever their level of involvement in research activity.This module will provide a foundation of knowledge of health and social care research and its application to developing innovative evidence based practice. Recent debates e.g. mixed methodology and practitioner research will ensure a contemporary context in the module.
      • Module code: PSC2018P
        Status: Compulsory
        This work based learning module provides the essential practice experiences that students require in terms of the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) Standards of Proficiency (Paramedics).? To enable students to demonstrate an awareness of each of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency 1 -15.8 inclusive.
      • Module code: PSC3016
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to comprehensively manage a range of clinical presentations in the out of hospital environment using leadership skills and principles of autonomous practice.
      • Module code: PSC3017
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will consolidate the knowledge skills and understanding taught in earlier modules related to communication team working decision making and ethico-legal perspectives. It will incorporate the additional concepts of human factors organisational culture and leadership which overall will enable the student to prepare for safe professional practice as a registrant. It reflects the essential need for safe effective and caring clinical practice which is required to form the basis of health care.
      • Module code: PSC3018P
        Status: Compulsory
        This work based learning module provides the essential practice experiences that students require in terms of the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) Standards of Proficiency (Paramedics).? To enable students to demonstrate an awareness of each of the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency 1 -15.8 inclusive.
      • Module code: PSC4003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable the student to undertake evidence acquisition and interpretation (using published evidence) that allows them to explain the implications for practice (analysis and synthesis) and propose changes in practice (change management) by undertaking an independent critical analytical in depth study of data on a selected topic which must be relevant to the student's professional discipline in order to identify implications for practice
  • If you hold one of the following qualification you will be eligible to apply for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science:

    • BBC at A Level including a Science subject (Biology is desirable)
    • DDM at BTEC from courses in Science or Health subject areas
    • Access course (must be health or science related) you will need to achieve 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 30 level 3 credits at Merit

    It is essential that you have a standard full UK driving license prior to starting the course. The cost of this is your responsibility.

    In addition to the requirements above, you will need to have five or more GCSEs (or equivalents) at grade C/4 or above, including English, Mathematics and a Science subject.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:
    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report, and
    • successful interview by the University.

    If you have relevant Urgent and Emergency Health Care experience and have a good knowledge of the role of the Paramedic then you are encouraged to apply for this course.

    Transferable skills relevant to Paramedic practice are essential with an excellent recommendation reference.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2020/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    Additional costs
    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associate with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • It is essential that you have full UK driving license prior to starting the course.  You will need to cover the cost of the driving license.
  • Placements give you a great opportunity to learn from current healthcare professionals, as well as the Police and Fire Service, who can share their learning and experience with you which will enhance your knowledge and experience.

    This course offers an even split between taught university sessions and practical placements. This course will be studied over 45 weeks per year.

    You will spend 37.5 hours on average per week in practice blocks, with your taught time being approximately 30 hours per week. You will need to complete approximately 750 hours of self-directed/private study for each year of the course.

    You are placed in a county and across Leicestershire or Northamptonshire for your 3 years of study. The placements will be in wide range of healthcare settings from ambulance placement; hospital A&E, cardiac and Paediatrics placements; hospital Theatres, Maternity and Minor injury and illness.

  • Health Professions Council (HCPC)

    Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science will enable you to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health Professions Council (HCPC), meeting the HCPC’s education requirements for registration.

    If you were once a registered allied health professional but took a career break and are looking for more information about financial, clinical and academic support available to return to practice, please visit the Health Education England site.

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  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

    Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:

    At the University of Northampton, we offer a range of short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes. These will enable you to learn new skills, progress into specialisms or take on new responsibilities.

  • How will I be assessed?

    We use a broad range of assessments , for example: range of essays, written exams, oral exams, presentations and practical (OSCE) exams.

    This is balanced through the years, so there is an even mix in each year and you must pass all the modules in the previous year to progress to the next.

    Which Driving qualification do I need?

    You are required to obtain a standard full UK driving license prior to starting the course. You will have an opportunity to complete the C1 driving theory qualification during your studies at the University of Northampton.

    What is the Code of Conduct?

    You will be expected to conduct yourself in line with the Code of Conduct relating to student paramedics registering with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science will enable you to apply for registration as a Paramedic with the Health Professions Council (HCPC), meeting the HCPC’s education requirements for registration.