Paramedic Science

BSc single honours Paramedic Science 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Being a paramedic is an exciting and challenging role at the frontline of healthcare. You will often be the first on the scene, assessing, treating and referring patients in emergency situations.

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to become an effective and safe paramedic. In addition, you will be able to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.

You will explore areas including:

  • evidence-based practice
  • decision making
  • clinical skills
  • emergency care
  • urgent care
  • leadership and management.

We have close working links with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SEACamb) and a specialist clinical Simulation Suite allowing you first to practice and then gain real-world experience of being a paramedic.

100% of Paramedic Science graduates were in employment six months after completing their studies.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2014/15

Practicing paramedics contribute to the course, so you will have their experience to draw upon to help develop your own evidence based paramedic practice. You will have a really good exposure to the working life of a paramedic to help you develop in your chosen profession, and our staff draw upon their own wealth of academic and professional expertise and knowledge to help you to achieve your academic potential.

The course reflects current developments in health and social care and interprofessional education whilst focusing on paramedic science. You will be supported in your academic work and will spend a notable amount of your placement time in a variety of healthcare settings to help you understand the paramedic role better, and the patient pathway. The majority of placement time will be spent with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Many of our paramedic graduates have entered employment with SECAmb.

This course is suitable if you would like to gain a sound understanding of paramedic science and become eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a paramedic.

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant paramedic science education, our programme is designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.

Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play and the use of discussion boards. These, and other activities, will support learning, teaching and assessment.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in paramedic practice. Each year will include academic and professional development and opportunities to embrace and capture your interprofessional experiences and interactions with other health professions to help you understand your role and work in the context of an integrated emergency care team. You will learn how to care for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions and those with minor and major injuries.

“The support from my tutor and lecturers has been brilliant. I am very thankful for my tutor being able to give us 1-1 sessions on things we may not understand.”

Student Paramedic USS 2015

Year 1

Year one modules will lay the foundations that underpin fundamental paramedic practice, both the knowledge and clinical skills, whilst helping you to start to appreciate the necessity for evidence based practice and interprofessional working. Year one aims to cover development of skills and knowledge for effective studying including communications skills.

Year 2

Year two modules will build on the knowledge gained in year one covering more advanced clinical skills and applying clinical assessment and decision making techniques as you work towards becoming a more autonomous paramedic.

Year 3

In year three you will explore complex aspects of paramedic practice − how paramedics work with a diverse range of patients in a multitude of situations with other multi-agency teams. You will also learn about leadership and management, preparing you for your career as an autonomous, effective and safe paramedic who is able to work alone and in teams.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be a safe and competent paramedic able to work alone or as part of a team, applying your professional judgement and being accountable for your decisions.

A wide range of career opportunities are available following registration, for example specialist clinical practice in critical care or urgent care, management, education or research. Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress on to postgraduate study to extend your abilities in paramedic science, or in research through a Masters in Research or Doctoral degree.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

We recognise that in the Government’s Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, changes have been made to the funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration education for the academic year 2017/18.

For those students applying for BSc (hons) Paramedic Science, the tuition fee funding arrangements for 2017/18 remain unchanged i.e.tuition fees will be paid by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and eligible students will receive a grant of £4,080 per annum.

Students on this programme may be eligible to apply for a Reduced Rate Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England, and additional funding for dependants may also be available.

Successful students will be advised on how to apply for funding in due course. 

Please note that the tuition fee position for 2018/19 is uncertain as at today and the web will be updated when relevant updates are received from the Government.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Students will be eligible for repayment of placement travel expenses. 

CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

Composition of the course

Learning takes place in a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas. Approximately equal time is spent in theory learning and in your practice placements. You will spend blocks of time either in the clinical area or university. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a break. Holidays cannot be taken outside of these set periods.

Your practice placements will take place on any day of the week including weekends, bank holidays and night shifts. Shifts normally range from 6 to 12 hours and there is often late finishing associated with paramedic practice.

Whilst in university, you may not have lectures every day as the course uses a number of learning and teaching methods to support students learning in addition to lectures. All methods aim to develop you as an independent learner and an autonomous paramedic who is safe and effective in paramedic practice. This is a full-time course so you are expected to participate in sessions to support your learning, which involve library and study support workshops and tutorials to support you with engaging with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.

Whilst in practice placements you will be supported and guided by mentors who are experienced paramedics.

100% of Paramedic Science students were satisfied with the quality of their course

National Student Survey, 2016

Academic input

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers in the University, and mentors in the practice setting who have academic and clinical credibility. The majority of the paramedic science academic team are experienced paramedics, with a teaching qualification, and other team members have relevant emergency care backgrounds relevant to the changing paramedic profession.

Surprising terms

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

You are required to pass all modules in each year to enable you to progress to the following year of study. Additionally, a yearly declaration of good health and good character must be made at the beginning of each year and at the end point of the course.

During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements mostly within Kent, Medway and also East Sussex and London so you can also gain experience from some specialist settings.

You will be assessed in a range of ways including written assignments, presentations, exams and simulated practice activities. You will keep a reflective log of your personal professional development and will also have to successfully complete an ongoing achievement record which is essentially a practice assessment document.

Entry requirements are typically BBC at A2 Level, plus Mathematics, Science and English at GCSE Grade C, or above. One A2 Level must be in a science subject.

Candidates must demonstrate a good understanding of the profession preferably through relevant experience. Student recruitment is undertaken by means of a Values Based Recruitment approach which is aligned with the values and behaviours expected by the NHS Constitution.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The programme is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is subject to ongoing monitoring.

On completion of the programme and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures

To be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

Our practice Simulation Suite offers you a chance to practice paramedic skills in a safe environment, which replicates some clinical scenarios that you will experience.

Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real-time practice experiences using electronic mannequins and role play, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, making clear links between theory and the practical application.

Our close work with South East Coast Ambulance Service allows our students to experience the work of paramedics and specialist paramedics who work out of Make-ready Centres, an initiative led by SECAmb.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • B780

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018 (Medway)

Entry requirements

  • Mathematics, Science and English at GCSE Grade C, or above.

    Entry requirements are typically BBC at A2 Level. One A2 Level must be in a Science subject.

    More entry requirement details.

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