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Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

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study@northampton.ac.uk
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Overview


Our Paramedic Science undergraduate course 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.College of Paramedics logo

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.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 26/09/2020

Highlights


  • Robust and supportive mentoring to aid you whilst on placements.
  • You will be able to use 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
  • Tutors which engage regularly in practice as qualified healthcare professionals
  • 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.

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.

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      • 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: 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
  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment methods used on the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science include a practice portfolio, examinations, assignments, coursework and practical work-based assessments.

    Which Driving qualification do I need?

    You are required to obtain your C1 driving theory qualification before starting the course. Please note that you will need to fund your own C1 driving qualification, there is no financial support for this qualification.

  • 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 your C1 test booked by the 1st of September, prior to starting the course. The cost of C1 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.

    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.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    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 your C1 test booked by the 1st of September, prior to starting the course. The cost of C1 is your responsibility.

    Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2020/21. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.

    International

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £21,300

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

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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, meeting the HCPC’s education requirements for registration.