Paramedic Science

BSc single honours Paramedic Science 2016/17

Someone would study this programme if they wanted to be a paramedic. This degree gives students eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and is approved by the College of Paramedics. The paramedic workforce is changing: it is moving from a ‘treat and transport’ model to an ‘assess, treat and refer’ model. To do this, paramedics need higher order skills, for example, the ability to critique the evidence base underpinning practice, problem solve, and be able to reflect on their practice.

This degree programme would equip students with the knowledge and professional skills to meet the needs of patients and employers and other health and social care professionals they may work with. They study alongside other health and social care professionals particularly around a theme of collaboration.

The aim of the programme is to enable someone to become a confident, capable practitioner, fit to work as a paramedic. It reflects current developments in health and social care and also education. On completion of the degree, students will be clinically safe and competent practitioners able to work alone or as part of a team, apply professional judgement and be accountable for decisions. They will be able to show a critical understanding of the theories and principles of being a paramedic. They will be able to evaluate their own performance and recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and also those of others and, at some point, undertake a supervisor/leadership role.

There is an annual intake, with an April start date, at our Medway campus.

Students take a range of subjects. Each year starts with a Professional Development module to help them with studying at university and develop their academic skills. They also study one module each year with other health and social care professionals. In the first year, it is about what it means to be a health and social care practitioner, in Year 2 it is about teamworking and in Year 3 it is about how teams work together in today’s challenging health and social care arena.

These themes can also be seen in the paramedic-specific modules. In the first year, students will learn clinical skills that will enable them to engage with their first placement. To underpin these clinical skills they study anatomy and physiology at the same time. Later in the year students learn about decision making and referal pathways, an essential area for paramedics today, as well as a recognition and treatment of altered health module which brings together all of the learning from this first year.

In Year 2, they study more clinical skills and also a pharmacology module (drug administration is a key area of a paramedic’s work). They bring the knowledge and skills from Year 1 modules and learn more about the management of trauma patients and the management of medical emergencies.

In Year 3, they explore the complex side of paramedic practice − how paramedics work with a diverse range of patients in a multitude of situations with other multi-agency teams. The programme finishes with a leadership and management module, readying them for launch into their careers as Paramedics.

On completion of the degree, students will be clinically safe and competent practitioners able to work alone or as part of a team, apply professional judgement and be accountable for decisions. This degree gives them eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The programme comprises 18 modules studied over three years.

Year 1 modules consist of:

  • Professional Development 1
  • Collaborative Practice 1
  • Foundation Clinical Skills for Paramedics
  • Core Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Assessment and Decision Making for Paramedics
  • Recognition and Treatment of Patients With Altered Health Conditions

Year 2 modules consist of:

  • Professional Development 2
  • Collaborative Practice 2
  • Clinical Skills for Paramedics
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Paramedics
  • Management of Medical Emergencies
  • Management of Trauma for Paramedics

Year 3 modules consist of:

  • Professional Development 3
  • Collaborative Practice 3
  • Complex Paramedic Practice
  • Paramedic Practice and Special Client Groups
  • Paramedic Practice in Specialist Settings
  • Introduction to Leadership, Management and Mentorship

Fees

2015/16 and 2016/17

For entry in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 there are no tuition fees payable and students will receive a ‘means tested bursary’, equivalent to the NHSBSA level of funding. Students may also be eligible to apply for a ‘Reduced Maintenance Loan’ from Student Finance England, and additional funding for dependants may also be available.

This programme is not currently part of the centralised NHS bursary scheme but is funded by the health service locally and administered by the University.

2017/18

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

Full details are to be confirmed by the Government and we will update our web pages as information becomes available.

The current information detailed in the Government’s Department of Health NHS Bursary Reform Paper issued on 9th December states that:

  • From 1st August 2017 new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students.
  • Under the loans system, students on nursing, midwifery and allied health courses will receive around a 25% increase in the financial support available to them for living costs. The precise change for individuals will be dependent on their circumstances – for example, where they study, the length of the course, income and residency.
  • The Department of Health intends that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree will also be able to get student loans.
  • Repayment terms are expected to be the same as for students on the standard loans system. Graduates become eligible to pay back their loans in the April after they graduate, and then they will have to pay back only 9% of their earnings over £21,000 per year. For example a graduate on a salary of £21,700 per year would pay £5.25 per month. If income drops below £21,000 for any reason, for example part-time working or a career break, repayments stop. Any outstanding balance on student loans is written off by the government 30 years after the graduate becomes eligible for repayment (in the April after graduation).

The Council of Deans of Health has also issued some background information for students. View the website for further details.

The Government has not announced any changes to funding for students applying to study in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

  • Students on this programme may incur travel and accommodation costs whilst on placement. These costs can be reclaimed by students from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
  • Students on this programme will also be required to wear uniform in practice whilst on placement. The cost of the uniform is funded by SECAMB.  

Read further information about the  general additional costs which apply to courses  at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Students are on clinical placement for about half of the time, not just with an ambulance crew but in the community and in many different areas of hospitals too. Placement is in blocks, four in year 1 and three in years 2 and 3. When students are at University, they attend for about three days a week and the remaining time is for study. They have experience of lectures, seminars, group work and technology-enhanced learning. They are also taught in the skills lab, a simulated and safe clinical environment where they learn clinical skills.

Students have a range of assessments – written work, presentations, exams and simulated practice activities. They keep a reflective log of their time as a student and also have to pass a practice assessment document (PAD) that makes up half of most modules.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements.  More information on values can be found here.

You must also pass a fitness test at interview. Read advice and guidance notes about the fitness test. Candidates must demonstrate a good understanding of the profession preferably through relevant experience and are offered a place subject to a satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

A C1 driving licence is required by the November of the academic year of starting the programme (e.g. November 2015 for an April 2016 start).

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UCAS code

  • B780

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • April 2017 (Medway)

    Please note: April 2017 is the final April intake. From September 2017, all future intakes will be September only.

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements are typically BBB at A2 Level, plus Mathematics, Science and English at GCSE Grade C, or above. One A2 Level must be in a Science subject. More entry requirement details.

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