BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science

Two Paramedic Science degree students attending to a casualty
Entry year
2022/23
Course code
B950
Application
UCAS
Level
Undergraduate
Tariff points
128
Department
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Campus
Glenside
Duration
Three years; September and February intakes
Delivery
Full-time
Programme leader
Julian Simpson

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2022

Page last updated 4 July 2022

Introduction

This course was jointly developed with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST). It's also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration to work as a paramedic once you graduate.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study paramedic science?

Paramedics are multi-skilled professionals who work as part of frontline NHS ambulance teams, responding to acute medical or traumatic emergencies.

It's a physically and mentally demanding role, where you'll work under pressure and administer emergency treatment and life-saving procedures in challenging conditions.

Talented paramedics with the skills to provide a wider range of treatments, in emergency and unplanned care settings, are in high demand across the health service.

A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

As a first or second year student in the School of Health and Social Wellbeing, we'll offer you the exclusive opportunity to explore and develop your leadership skills and potential through our Student Leadership Programme.

Why UWE Bristol?

Developed with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration to work as a paramedic once you've graduated. The course is also endorsed by the College of Paramedics (CoP).

Work-based training in the emergency ambulance service and acute hospital trusts is built-in, and simulation and role-play in specialist onsite facilities help to build your skills and prepare you for working in the field.

Develop the interpersonal skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills you'll need to deliver safe and effective patient care.

Spend approximately half your time on placements in the NHS ambulance service, acute hospitals and with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). Learn from paramedics and other healthcare professionals as well as training with student nurses and trainee fire-fighters to build your interpersonal skills.

Explore the theory of paramedic practice and the subjects that underpin it, working with highly supportive academics who are all registered paramedics. Half the team have worked as specialist paramedics in urgent and critical care and you'll have a named mentor to guide you through your three years as a student.

Where can it take me?

Paramedics are in demand across the UK and there are exciting career options in both emergency and urgent care teams.

After gaining experience, you could specialise further, and become a specialist paramedic or critical care paramedic.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this programme from year one onwards. The module areas you will study are listed below, however the final module titles are subject to approval as the changes go through university and relevant PSRB approval.

Year one

You will study:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation for Paramedic Practice
  • Interpersonal Skills for Paramedic Practice
  • Life Sciences for Paramedic Practice
  • Medical Conditions Emergency Care
  • Paramedic Practice 1
  • Principles of Prehospital Emergency Care.

Year two

You will study:

  • Advanced Life Support Skills
  • Emergency Care of the Child
  • Emergency Care of the Older Adult
  • Evidence Based Paramedic Practice
  • Paramedic Practice 2
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Paramedic Practice
  • Trauma and Mass Casualty Management.

Final year

You will study:

  • Applied Paramedic Pharmacology
  • Evolving Paramedic Practice
  • Law, Ethics and Leadership in Paramedic Practice
  • Paramedic Practice 3
  • Primary and Urgent Care Within Paramedic Practice.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You'll learn through a mix of lectures, scenarios, discussion groups, seminars, workshops, student-led activities and skills teaching with demonstrations. Drawing on the latest evidence, research and best practice in the field, this course is underpinned by the 2017 College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidelines and is endorsed by the College.

Discuss and evaluate real cases, reflecting on your own and others' management of different situations, and analysing different clinical interventions.

Develop your problem-based learning through simulations and role play in prepared medical and trauma scenarios.

Take a look at one of our recent Scenario Days at Glenside campus.

Apply your knowledge and skills on clinical placements with the emergency ambulance service, with support from qualified placement educators. They'll encourage you to reflect on your practice and supervise your work.

Being aware of the latest developments is essential to your professional development. You'll learn what to do and when to do it, as well as understanding the rationale for different treatments.

We'll encourage you to read around the subject, and develop as an independent, reflective learner.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
118%50%32%100%
218%50%32%100%
318%43%39%100%

Study time

The course runs for 34 weeks, 16 of which you'll be on placement.

Assessment

We'll use different assessments to gauge your knowledge and skills, including coursework, case studies, online exams, group work, placement assessment, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and structured oral and practical examinations (SOPE).

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different assessment methods, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
137%25%38%100%
20%65%35%100%
312%75%13%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with them when you graduate. It is also endorsed by the College of Paramedics (CoP).

Placements

UWE Bristol's geographical area for placement provision covers the whole of the South, South West and West of England. Placements across this region help support and provide a wealth of clinical experience across many areas within the NHS healthcare service and the Private Voluntary and Independent sector. These placements are vital to meet the professional regulatory body standards in practice for our affiliated health and social care courses.

To access this variety of opportunities within the health and social care courses, there's  an expectation that all students at times will have to travel across large areas. In some cases this can be more than 50 miles away and may be outside of normal working hours due to the nature of shift work on some courses. Please note: both ambulance and non-ambulance placements can be located outside of the Bristol area.

When considering your application to these courses, you must ensure you have means to travel to your placement location at unsociable hours, and/or funds available to secure short-term accommodation to participate in your placement, if required. Due to the nature of the shift times, you won't be able to rely on public transport.

You'll spend approximately half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the workplace. Students must achieve a minimum of 1,500 hours across the three years. Placements are usually located within a 60-minute travel time from UWE Bristol (max. 90 min).

The range of placement experiences will help you make informed career choices and put you in a strong position for employment. We have excellent links with the top employers in the South West, and you'll go on placements in both emergency and unplanned care environments.

You could work with the South Western Ambulance Service, in a hospital emergency department, operating theatre, obstetric unit, children's unit, or community mental health or primary care team. You'll also get to work with the hazardous area response team.

Study facilities

Benefit from specialist learning and teaching facilities at Glenside, including one of the best healthcare libraries in the country.

Tap into a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software, to support your studies.

The course has a practical focus, and you'll get to practise and hone your professional skills in our advanced Skills Simulation Suite.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Paramedics are in demand across the UK and there are lots of interesting career paths.

Most graduates go into paramedic roles in the emergency ambulance service. You could work in the NHS or private healthcare sector, in an emergency or urgent care team.

After gaining experience, you could specialise further and become a specialist paramedic or critical care paramedic.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

A £5,000 per year training grant is available for students. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language isn't English, you need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall. For full details of the language test, contact the British Council. The University's list of alternative English Language qualifications doesn't apply.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Relevant subjects: Subjects that meet the Science/Social Science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Health and Social Care, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Science in Society, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education, Sports Studies.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: You will need a minimum of five units in a Science or Social Science Subject. You may be asked to do more based on the size of your units. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 6 in a Higher Level Science or Social Science subject.
  • Irish Highers: H2 in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • T Levels: You must be studying one of the following: Health or Science. For further advice on acceptable subjects please email us.

Entry requirements

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for the Health Professions Foundation Year.

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • Health Checks*.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Health checks

You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. If you are offered a place on this course, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies, Covid-19) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations.  Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Covid vaccination

On March 1st 2022, the government confirmed legislation would be brought forward to revoke vaccination as a condition of employment in health and social care settings. Students studying on Health, Social Care and Medical programmes that lead to registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) General Medical Council (GMC) Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or Social Work England (SWE) are still strongly encouraged to ensure that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 (except where there is a medical exemption) due to having to undertake placements. There is a professional responsibility to reduce risk of Covid-19 infection to patients and this will protect the patients/clients that you will be supporting as part of your programme of study. A number of NHS trusts and Social Care providers are now requiring this from all patient-facing health and care staff, therefore if you are not fully vaccinated, access to many placements may be restricted which will have an impact on you being able to complete your chosen programme of study. The university will seek to manage this through placement allocation and so you are advised to respond with your current vaccination status as soon as possible when asked, to reduce the risk to your placement.

If you were vaccinated outside of the UK and want to check if your Covid-19 vaccine is recognised in the UK please check the UK government website.

Selection process

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Deferred entry

We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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