Composition of the course
Learning takes place in a variety of settings within the University and clinical practice areas. Approximately equal time is spent in theory learning and in your practice placements. You will spend blocks of time either in the clinical area or university. Holidays are set for the three years, so you know when you are able to take a break. Holidays cannot be taken outside of these set periods.
Your practice placements will take place on any day of the week including weekends, bank holidays and night shifts. Shifts normally range from 6 to 12 hours and there is often late finishing associated with paramedic practice.
Whilst in university, you may not have lectures every day as the course uses a number of learning and teaching methods to support students learning in addition to lectures. All methods aim to develop you as an independent learner and an autonomous paramedic who is safe and effective in paramedic practice. This is a full-time course so you are expected to participate in sessions to support your learning, which involve library and study support workshops and tutorials to support you with engaging with self-directed study during the time you are not in lectures.
Whilst in practice placements you will be supported and guided by mentors who are experienced paramedics.
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers in the University, and mentors in the practice setting who have academic and clinical credibility. The majority of the paramedic science academic team are experienced paramedics, with a teaching qualification, and other team members have relevant emergency care backgrounds relevant to the changing paramedic profession.
Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.
You are required to pass all modules in each year to enable you to progress to the following year of study. Additionally, a yearly declaration of good health and good character must be made at the beginning of each year and at the end point of the course.
During placement you may be required to attend at shift times, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements mostly within Kent, Medway and also East Sussex and London so you can also gain experience from some specialist settings.