Paramedic Science BSc(Hons)

2022-23 (also available for 2021-22)

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

Could you regularly make a difference in people’s lives? Are you a caring effective communicator who keeps calm under pressure? Would you thrive in challenging environments and enjoy variety where no two days are ever the same? This course will provide you with the skills and expertise to become a paramedic and provide care to those who need it most on the front line.

  • Designed and written by qualified paramedics, you’ll be taught by an experienced team of paramedic lecturers and practitioners who are all currently working in practice.
  • Our future-proof modules provide the opportunity for you to receive the latest and most contemporary paramedic skills and concepts.
  • Through your practice placements, you’ll benefit from our established and strong relationship with the local Ambulance Trust.
  • The course will be responsive to local, regional and national changes, in order to provide you with the most comprehensive skills and knowledge.
  • Your teaching will include guest lectures delivered by a comprehensive multidisciplinary network of healthcare professions, providing the opportunity for you to learn from their expertise.

Paramedics are Allied Health Professionals who assess, treat, manage, refer and discharge patients who require acute, chronic or specialist services across urgent and emergency care environments.

Our three year course provides theoretical, practical and placement learning opportunities across a range of practice environments. This approach will provide you with the knowledge, skills and expertise to respond to a diverse range of patients across a variety of settings.

This course is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). Upon successful completion you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and practice as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP).

Students studying this course may be eligible to receive a non-repayable grant of at least £5,000 each year. Further information is available on the NHS Learning Support Fund Website.

"Learning from subject matter experts in theoretical, practical and placement environments delivers a rich experience and prepares you for an exciting career in pre-hospital life saving care. This course was designed by Paramedics to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge, skills and expertise to seamlessly transition into effective practice."

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David Fletcher, Lecturer in Paramedic Practice

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Patient Assessment and Management

This module introduces systematic patient assessment and provides the opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required to manage patients within paramedic practice. It will assist you in gaining an understanding of medical conditions and traumatic presentations, as well as apply appropriate assessment and management. You’ll also have the chance to develop an understanding of normal and altered physiological measurements and changing dynamic decision making, as well as scope of practice in patient management.

Law, Policy and Ethics for Paramedics

This module provides you with the opportunity to gain an understanding of relevant legal and ethical principles within paramedic practice. You’ll be provided with an overview of applied law and ethics to paramedic practice and the application to healthcare delivery. You’ll learn about the professional attributes and conduct expected of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with a practical focus on the application to practice. You’ll also be introduced to relevant policies and procedures underpinning practice, including code of conduct, information governance, social media and health and safety.

Non-technical Skills for Paramedics

You’ll have the opportunity to develop the non-technical skills paramedics require including patient centred care, experience, communication and teamwork. You’ll demonstrate professional and passionate behaviour to emergency and urgent care situations, exhibiting a positive attitude in helping to improve patient care/experience. You’ll also explore the importance of being committed to the quality and care of service users and significant others, as well as learn from successes and mistakes in line with the NHS Constitution.

Paramedic Care across the Lifespan

You’ll have the opportunity to gain introductory knowledge and understanding in order to be responsive and provide care to people of all ages. You’ll learn how to provide care to individuals in a compassionate and supporting manner, as well as to patients and significant others with acute and critical presentations. The module will also assist you in gaining an understanding of the different approaches and considerations relevant within paramedic practice whilst acting in the interest of service users at all times.

Paramedic Skills 1

This module introduces you to the necessary skills required for contemporary paramedic practice. It will assist you in gaining and refining your skills to care for, monitor, manage and support service users and their families during clinical practice. This practical module provides the opportunity to learn and develop skills through simulated and paramedic practice placements with the ambulance service and other healthcare environments.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level , excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses.

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study and is a requirement for entry to our degree courses.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma/Level 3 Extended Diploma at grade B.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits, 15 at Distinction and 30 at Merit.
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

In addition you must have GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme, or equivalent.

You must have evidence of Health and/or Social Care experience. This may include employment or work experience where you have dealt with service users, their carers and significant others.

Offers will be subject to an interview and references. You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and occupational health clearances prior to registration. We arrange these as part of the application process. You’ll be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination. We will request an Overseas Police Check if you have lived in a country outside of the UK for 6 months or more (whether continuously or in total) in the last 10 years before applying to us and whilst aged 18 or over.

Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record. Every person who applies for this course and meets the minimum entry requirement will be given the same opportunity in the selection process. In addition to completing an application form, all applicants will be interviewed using values-based recruitment to ensure that the course is suitable for that particular student.

You need to be able to meet the physical demands of a variety of placement settings. As per Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC ) (2014) ‘Standards of Proficiency’, you must be able to ‘understand and be able to apply appropriate moving and handling techniques’. Having a disability should not be seen as a barrier to becoming a health and care professional. As such the University will consider reasonable adjustments, in line with any disclosed application. Further guidance relating to becoming a health and care professional is found in the HCPC (2015) ‘Health, disability and becoming a health and care professional’ guidance.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Please note places are limited and attainment of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or offer. You must include details of any previous study.

Placements


Practice education is an important and compulsory part of the course, so placements will be undertaken throughout the three years. You’ll required to complete 450 hours of practice placement for the paramedic skills modules in each year of the course.

Both ambulance and non-ambulance placements will be undertaken providing you with exposure to a comprehensive and diverse number of experiences. Ambulance placements may include the Emergency Operations Centres, NHS 111, and other specialist roles within the ambulance service. Non-ambulance placements may include working in hospital and community settings including Accident and Emergency, medical assessment units, critical care, care homes, hospices and Labour/Birthing ward, as well as in acute elderly care and mental health.

For more information visit our placements page.

Your career


The role of the paramedic and the areas in which they work have become increasingly varied within clinical, management, education and research areas. Careers opportunities for paramedics could involve:

  • Ambulance crew, solo responder roles, specialist paramedic and advanced paramedic roles with NHS ambulance trusts.
  • Operational and clinical management and leadership roles.
  • Emergency operations centre roles and telephone triage systems, including NHS 111.
  • Hazardous area response teams, special operations response teams and helicopter emergency medical services.
  • Roles within emergency departments within NHS acute trusts.
  • NHS primary and secondary care roles within urgent care centres, mental health, community settings and GP surgeries.
  • NHS services such as NHS England, Health Education England, NHS Digital and local authority.
  • Higher education and research roles.

 

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 100% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, loan of Dictaphones and uniform fitting.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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