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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.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
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:
- The bioscience basis for paramedic practice;
- Evidence based practice skills and attributes;
- Patient assessment and management development;
- Clinical practice experience and development;
- 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.
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)
- occupational therapy
- osteopathy, operating department practice
- 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.
We will assess you through;
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) - practical exams
- placement hours/competencies
- online quizzes
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.
Please note that Health and Care Professional Council's approval is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.
Specific entry requirements
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).
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
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible 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 NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).