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Paramedic Science

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

B950

Start dates

September 2020

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Department

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Accreditation(s)

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Our Paramedic Science course gives you the skills you need to work as a paramedic. Paramedics are registered Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). They care for patients with various healthcare needs in out of hospital settings.

To prepare you for this role, you’ll learn to assess and manage patients with almost any injury and illness. You’ll experience over 2000 hours in clinical practice learning in diverse clinical settings, such as;

  • Ambulance placements
  • Emergency Departments
  • Surgical Decisions Units
  • End of Life Care
  • Airway Management
  • Mental Health Assessment and Management
  • Paediatric specialist facilities.

Our excellent teaching facilities include;

  • dedicated specialist clinical skills suites
  • extensive range of simulation resources/equipment.

We have developed the course in consultation and partnership with healthcare providers including South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our friendly teaching team have extensive Paramedic experience. And you'll be supported by an Academic Advisor and Link Lecturer as well as the Student Paramedic Society.

How to apply


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths, PE, Physics, Psychology).

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

Applicants should have a full clean UK driving license, ideally with provisional C1 entitlement.

We welcome application from mature students but they must show evidence of academic achievement in the last two-years, typically meeting the entry requirements. Please contact us for further advice on your personal circumstances, which may include recommendation to undertake further recommended academic modules/A Levels.

All students are screened for HIV and Hepatitis A, B and C. This is a Department of Health requirement for this professional group, linked to DoH/NHS exposure prone procedures guidance. If clearance has not been completed prior to enrolment or a DBS issue has been declared on application, then enrolment may not be possible. If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

Applicants will be assessed on their academic ability, their work experience and their ability to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • caring and helping skills
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • working with and respect for others
  • a compassionate nature
  • commitment to quality of care and improving lives
  • reliability, honesty and trustworthiness.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on the strength of their UCAS application.

Any place offered is subject to satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance and health screening.

English language requirements

If English is your second language, you must be able to demonstrate that your level of English is of a sufficient standard (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

All Paramedic Science students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.  For more information please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/paramedic-students-will-get-5000-support-payment-each-year.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

 

You will be required to undertake clinical placements spent in a variety of settings across the Thames Valley region. You will need a car to travel to these settings and transport allowances will not be provided.

You will need to purchase a stethoscope suitable for practice and clinical assessment and examination of patients. You will also need a copy of the National Clinical Guidelines and associated pocket book. Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

Learning and assessment


Our course provides you with the key knowledge to practice safely and effectively as a paramedic. The curriculum has been designed to provide you with the behaviours, clinical experience, professional values and teaching opportunities of a Modern Paramedic.  

The programme is formed of modules, all of which are compulsory and credit bearing. You’ll experience the following five main learning themes:

  1. The bioscience basis for paramedic practice;
  2. Evidence based practice skills and attributes;
  3. Patient assessment and management development;
  4. Clinical practice experience and development;
  5. Modern Paramedic professional practice skills and attributes. 

As a Student Paramedic you will undertake placements in a variety of ambulance and healthcare settings across the Thames Valley region. The experience of practice integration with theoretical learning is central to your experience studying with us. 

 

Paramedic Science

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics

This science-based module will explore both a systems and regional approach to anatomy and physiology for Paramedics. Major systems of the human body will be explored as they pertain to clinical practice.

Examples of pathology reflecting a lifespan approach will be used throughout the module to help promote an understanding of the basic structure and function of the different body systems.

 

Fundamentals of Clinical Practice

This module will introduce students to the clinical and operational environments in which a Paramedic may practice. Throughout the module students will be introduced to fundamental theoretical concepts, equipping them with appropriate knowledge and understanding, which they will consolidate in a range of supervised clinical practice placements. 

All practice undertaken by student paramedics will be evidenced in the Practice Assessment Document and will follow relevant professional guidelines. During the module you’ll undertake the following clinical practice experience, which is assessed at an assisted level of practice:

  •  450 Ambulance Service Practice Placement;

  • 150 hours fundamentals of care and communication practice placement;

  • 37.5 hours of statutory mandatory training;

  • 62.5 hours of simulation-based practice;

  • (50 hours simulation-based practice with module Fundamentals of Patient Assessment and Management).

Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice

This Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice module will provide students with the foundations of being able to review, research and analyse. It will encourage an exploration of decision-making processes considering, for example, socio-economic, ethical, legal, psychological factors that may inform professional judgement. 

Within this context, students will be encouraged to consider their role parameters and evaluate their effectiveness and decision-making abilities.

 

Principles of Professional Practice

This single module will investigate and review the literature and relevant research, the issues surrounding role expansion in relation to paramedic practice. It will encourage an exploration of decision-making processes considering, for example, socio-economic, ethical, legal, psychological factors that may inform professional judgement. 

Within this context, students will be encouraged to consider their role parameters and evaluate their effectiveness and decision-making abilities.

 

Fundamentals of Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management

This module aims to enable the student, through sound clinical decision making, to apply fundamental Service User assessment and management strategies in the out of hospital context across a range of urgent and emergency situations.

The focus of the module is the delivery of care at an assisted level across the lifespan, considering the complex issues surrounding the delivery of care to service users belonging to vulnerable groups.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Developing Paramedic Clinical Practice

This module develops the students supervised workplace experiential learning, building upon leading and assessment achieved in year one. Students will continue to develop as well as demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills at a minimally supervised level, undertaking practice placement across a range of clinical environments under the supervision of an appropriate healthcare professional.

Alongside practice placement, developing clinical practice for paramedic will include a number of theory-based sessions on campus to further support the student’s development in this year of education. During this module you’ll undertake the following clinical practice experience, which is assessed at a minimal supervised level of practice:

  • 450 Ambulance Service Practice Placement;

  • 225 of non-ambulance practice placement; 

  • 25 hours of simulation-based practice;

  • 50 hours simulation-based practice with module Developing Patient Assessment and Management.

Mental Health: Application to Paramedic Practice

This module aims to explore mental health across the lifespan and its application to Paramedic practice. 

The module covers assessment and theoretical perspectives that underpin diagnosis within mental health care, with particular reference to psychosocial and biomedical theories. Paramedic students develop knowledge, understanding and application of core aspects of mental health care including assessment, care planning and intervention across a range of disorders encountered in Paramedic practice.

 

Paramedic Research Methods and Analysis

This module will enable the student to acquire research related knowledge and skills.  They will have the opportunity to examine the evidence base of practice for current occupational therapy practice. Students will develop their knowledge of the research process, the associated research methods, recruitment, data collection, data analysis as well as the ethical considerations and risk associated with health and social care research. 

The focus will be on a broad spectrum of research designs and will prepare the student for completing an evidence based research proposal / project in their final year of the BSc (Hons) degree.

 

Pathophysiology for Paramedics

This double module explores a range of pathological disease processes of the whole-body system approach throughout the lifespan. It builds on knowledge gained during students Level 4 studies in Anatomy & Physiology - Application to Paramedic Science. 

Students will have the opportunity to relate information learned from this module to the management of patients in practice with a variety of diseases and disorders.

Developing Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management

This module aims to enable the student, through sound clinical decision making, to apply service user assessment and management strategies in the out of hospital context across a range of non-urgent, urgent and emergency situations. 

The focus of the module is to support and facilitate development minimally supervised delivery of care across the life span, taking into account the complex issues surrounding this process to service users belonging to vulnerable groups.

 

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Applied Practice Education

This module aims to promote an understanding of education and learning approaches systems that will contribute to paramedic professional development in healthcare settings. 

Upon completion of this module, students will acquire knowledge and understanding of preferences possessed by learners and others in the practice education environment. Additionally, they will be able to plan and facilitate learning events to meet the needs of learners, applying diverse and innovative educational approaches.

 

Enhanced Paramedic Clinical Practice

This module will enhance students’ knowledge and skills within clinical and operational environments in which a Paramedic may practice. Throughout the module students will enhance their theoretical concepts, equipping them with appropriate knowledge and understanding, which they will consolidate in a range of supervised clinical practice placements. 

All practice undertaken by student paramedics will be evidenced in the Practice Assessment Document and will follow relevant professional guidelines. During this module you’ll undertake the following clinical practice experience, which is assessed at an independently level of practice:

  • 450 Ambulance Service Practice Placement;

  • 225 hours of non-ambulance practice placement;

  • 25 hours of simulation-based practice; 

  • 25 hours simulation-based practice with module Enhanced Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management.

Enhanced Paramedic Patient Assessment and Management

This Enhanced Patient Assessment & Management Module will consolidate student’s prior knowledge and understanding of professional practice acquired at Level’s four and five. 

Throughout the module students will be introduced to relevant theoretical assessment and management concepts, with a focus upon urgent and unscheduled healthcare presentations. This will equip them with knowledge and understanding consummate with Level 6 Student Paramedic Practice and transition to professional registration as determined by relevant scopes of practice.

 

Pharmacology & Medicines Management for Paramedics

This module focuses on the knowledge, understanding and application of pharmacology and medicines administration from the paramedic perspective. Student learning builds on the knowledge, understanding and practice experience gained through previous year one module on anatomy and physiology and paramedic clinical practice.

Paramedic Science Dissertation

The dissertation provides an opportunity to investigate a subject of individual interest.  You will follow a research question employing a literature review methodology and demonstrate ability to search for relevant research, analyse and critically evaluate evidence and to present findings.

This is an honours level double module which is completed by the middle of the final semester. It will help you to bring together the academic skills that you have gained through all the preceding theory and practice modules of the paramedic programme.

 

Work placements

Compulsory modules

Work placements

Clinical practice experience is an important part of your programme of study, developing the behaviours and skills required to practise as a modern paramedic. There are 750 hours of practice education placements each year, where you’ll always practise as a supernumerary Student Paramedic. 

The planning and organisation of these clinical placements allows your learning to integrate theory and clinical practice. A structure of development allows your experience to build upon ‘Fundamentals’ which are introduced in Year One, ‘Developing’ in Year Two, and ‘Enhanced’ in Year Three.   

You’ll experience placement including operational experience with SCAS to learn safe and effective practice in this setting. You will also gain experience in other health, social and care settings.

More information is available about placement locations, allocation, quality assurance and reasonable adjustments on the Practice Education site /hls/support/practice-education/paramedic/.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will have practical and theory-based modules. We take a research and evidence informed approach to clinical practice. You’ll often reflect on your personal and professional development. 

In health and social care, professional groups work together. You’ll meet students from our wide range of courses, including;

  • health and social care
  • nursing (adult, children's and mental health)
  • midwifery
  • occupational therapy
  • osteopathy, operating department practice
  • physiotherapy
  • social work.

This helps you understand the other professional roles you’ll encounter in practice. We offer you a wide range of learning resources, including;

  • online lectures
  • handouts and information
  • learning exercises.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess you through;

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - practical exams
  • coursework
  • placement hours/competencies
  • presentations
  • online quizzes
  • vivas.

After you graduate


Career prospects

The range of career opportunities is very wide and the BSc (Hons) degree will underpin your development.

Paramedics work in a variety of healthcare settings and specific pathways of specialism are developing(e.g in clinical practice, research, education and management). This is linked to career opportunities as a Specialist, Advanced and Consultant level practice in paramedic practice. 

 

There are opportunities to work in providing urgent and emergency care, critical care, forensic medicine, remote medicine and education. Many of these opportunities are available in NHS Ambulance Trusts, where many of our graduates work, but can also be found in other NHS/alternative organisations.

Professional accreditation

Please note that Health and Care Professional Council's approval is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

Further study

Paramedics are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) as part of their registration requirements. A number of paramedic graduates go on to study postgraduate course, such as an MSc degree in a related field, or register for a PhD. 

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