Paramedic Science

BSc single honours Paramedic Science 2020/21

Year of entry

Being a paramedic is an exciting and challenging role as paramedics are at the frontline of healthcare and are often the first on the scene being required to assess, treat and refer patients in an emergency situation.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to become an autonomous, effective and safe paramedic, and will enable you to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.

You will explore areas including:

  • evidence based practice
  • decision making skills
  • clinical skills
  • urgent care
  • emergency care
  • leadership and management.

You will build your knowledge and experience each year on the programme and will be encouraged to apply current theory to practice. Clinical education is central to paramedic science and around 50% of your time will be in both ambulance and non-ambulance practice settings to help you develop in your chosen profession. Our staff draw upon their own wealth of expertise to help you to achieve your academic potential. 

We have close working links with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECamb) and a specialist clinical Simulation Suite allowing you first to practice and then gain real-world experience of being a paramedic. 

Practicing paramedics contribute to the course, so you will have their experience to draw upon to help develop your own evidence based paramedic practice. You will have a really good exposure to the working life of a paramedic to help you develop in your chosen profession, and our staff draw upon their own wealth of academic and professional expertise and knowledge to help you to achieve your academic potential. 

The course reflects current developments in health and social care and interprofessional education whilst focusing on paramedic science. You will be supported in your academic work and will spend a notable amount of your placement time in a variety of healthcare settings to help you understand the paramedic role better, and the patient pathway. The majority of placement time will be spent with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust however, some of your placement will be allocated in community, GP Practice and secondary care, allowing you to experience the full patient journey they may experience. 

This course is suitable if you would like to gain a sound understanding of paramedic science and become eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a paramedic.

"Returning to university as a mature student was a daunting experience, but Christ Church has made me feel welcome and at ease. The support I have received from academic staff in all aspects of my studies and welfare has been fantastic.

The course offers a brilliant variety of placements, taken us into diverse areas of practice, such as ambulance stations, hospitals and schools, and having access to such a modern, high-tech simulation suite on campus has enhanced my practical clinical skills tenfold. I would recommend Christ Church to any blossoming clinicians who want to make life-long friends and gain memorable experiences throughout their degree.”

Student Paramedic

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant paramedic science education, our programme is designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual. 

Within the new design our aim is to give students the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play and the use of discussion boards. These, and other activities, will support learning, teaching and assessment. 

You will develop knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges in paramedic practice. Each year will include academic and professional development and opportunities to embrace and capture your interprofessional experiences and interactions with other health professions to help you understand your role and work in the context of an integrated emergency care team. You will learn how to care for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions and those with minor and major injuries. 

“The support from my tutor and lecturers has been brilliant. I am very thankful for my tutor being able to give us 1-1 sessions on things we may not understand.”

Student Paramedic USS 2015

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

The Programme is comprised of 18 academic modules with placement opportunities in each of the three years of the course. On successful completion of each module 20 credits are awarded, with a total of 360 being required to achieve the full BSc (Hons) award.  All modules must be completed as there are no optional academic modules within the programme.

Year 1

Academic Development for Paramedics 1 

This aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic academic study skills required at Higher Education, the concept of evidence-based practice and to begin personal and academic development.  

Applied Anatomy & Physiology 

The aim of the module is to provide students with an introduction to anatomy and physiology as applied to pathologies and paramedic practice. 

Foundation Clinical Skills 

The aims of the module are, within an interprofessional context, to enable students to start developing essential core professional clinical skills, underpinning evidential knowledge and understanding through engagement with learning activities undertaken within both the practice setting and University settings.  

Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice 

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the role of the paramedic within an interprofessional context and to the national policy drivers relating to the development and delivery of unscheduled, urgent and emergency care in the UK and other countries. 

Recognition & Management of Altered Health Conditions 

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a basic understanding of medical and trauma management and provide, under supervision, the appropriate care for patients who require assessment and management of these conditions. Students will gain the knowledge and understanding to carry out the assessment, planning and appropriate interventions for patients in a range of clinical situations. The module will build on the knowledge and clinical skills acquired through the studying of Foundation Clinical Skills, Applied Anatomy & Physiology and Clinical Skills for Paramedics. 

Clinical Assessment & Patient Management Skills for Paramedics 

The aims of this module are to further develop the knowledge, understanding and core professional clinical skills related to the physical assessment and management of patients within time critical illness and non-time critical illness. 

Year 2

Academic Development for Paramedics 2 

The module aims to explore evidence based practice and how this is transferred into best practice in order to facilitate students continued personal and academic development.  

Teamwork & Collaboration 

The module aim is to enable students to develop and apply the knowledge, skills and values necessary to contribute to effective collaborative team working.  

Law & Ethics for Paramedic Practice 

The aim of the module is to enable students to enhance their understanding of ethics and the law as it is applied to health and social care and to develop ethical and professional decision-making capabilities based on reflections arising from practice. 

Minor Illness & Minor Injury for Paramedics 

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of urgent care management and to provide the appropriate care for patients who require assessment and management of these conditions.  

Management of Medical Emergencies 

The aim of this module is to develop the students’ knowledge and skills in the management of patients presenting with acute medical conditions in the out-of-hospital environment.  

Management of Trauma 

The aim of this module is to develop the participants’ knowledge and skills in the management of patients presenting with trauma in the out-of-hospital environment. 

Year 3

Academic Development for Paramedics 3 

The aim of this module is to develop the skill of critical enquiry and information searching and to enhance the student’s personal and academic development and lifelong learning capabilities in the context on becoming a registered paramedic on completion of the programme.  

Complex Paramedic Practice 

The aim of the module is to develop the knowledge, understanding and clinical skills required to intervene and manage a range of complex situations/ scenarios that may be encountered in Paramedic practice. The module will also enable students to gain a critical understanding of the importance of working in partnership with service users and professionals from other disciplines when encountering complex scenarios.  

Paramedic Practice & Special Client Groups 

The aim of the module is to provide students with opportunities to gain the knowledge, awareness, attitudes and relevant skills to work collaboratively when undertaking specialised emergency care and treatment related to special client groups. 

Paramedic Practice & Vulnerable Client Groups 

The aim of the module is to provide students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills to work collaboratively when undertaking specialised emergency care and treatment and safeguarding related to vulnerable groups: learning disabilities, mental health and older people. 

Paramedic Practice in Specialist Settings 

The aim of the module is to provide students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills for situations that are uncommonly encountered, nationally and internationally. These may include Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Terrorist, Public Disorder and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents, multiple casualties and major incidents. 

Introduction to Leadership & Management 

The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to explore leadership, management and development of self and others in the context of contemporary paramedic practice so that they can develop a critical awareness of themselves as professionals, who can effect, manage and maintain change in practice within an ethical and legal framework. 

On successful completion of your degree, you will be a safe and competent paramedic able to work alone or as part of a team, applying your professional judgement and being accountable for your decisions. 

A wide range of career opportunities are available following registration, for example specialist clinical practice in critical care or urgent care, management, education or research. Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress on to postgraduate study to extend your abilities in paramedic science, or in research through a Masters in Research or Doctoral degree. 

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

The University will make a contribution of £250 per annum towards travel and accommodation expenses incurred on essential practice placements. The balance of such costs will require to be funded by the student.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for  additional course fees are set out here

CCCU Advantage Package

For programmes that qualify, the CCCU Advantage Package currently includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check 
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Uniform (appropriate to the programme of study) and a placement badge are provided free of charge at the start of the course. If students wish to replace any item of uniform or secure additional items of uniform during the course (e.g. because it has been damaged or no longer fits) then they must order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the student becomes pregnant and requires maternity uniform. These exceptions are detailed in the faculty uniform policy here. Students will need to purchase suitable footwear for practice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given by the lecturers on what to purchase after you have enrolled on your course.

In addition to this, health students can apply and may be eligible for other University awards. Please visit our Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Support page to find out what's available.

Please note: This Package is only available for students who are enrolling on a qualifying health programme in September 2020 on one of the qualifying programmes.  We reserve the right to withdraw this package in the event of a student not successfully completing the enrolment process.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020

Teaching

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course is comprised of both theoretical and placement components in each of the three years. 

Practice Placements

Your base placement within SECamb is normally allocated at the start of your programme with alternative non ambulance specific placements allocated during the course to allow for flexibility in placement capacity and opportunities to access new placement experiences. 

Academic Study

There are a total of six modules  undertaken each year You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops through simulation, with a typical week ranging from two to four contact days depending on the number of modules being taught at that time.  The final placement in the final year of the programme is an elective placement where students can arrange to work in the UK or abroad in negotiation with the programme team.  

Independent learning 

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.  

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor on a regular basis to ensure continued progress. 

Overall Workload 

The overall workload can be demanding especially as you are required to maintain your academic discovery through your placement experiences so good time management and commitment are essential. 

Academic input 

The team consists of highly qualified paramedics/academics and we link with other HCPC and NMC registered staff to ensure access to specialists within the other professional groups. The teaching team have a range of expertise and experience, with all staff holding or working towards a formal teaching qualification. Staff are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change. 

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. 

Practice placement assessments are undertaken with the support and supervision of practice assessors. All summative placement assessments must be passed to complete the programme. 

Feedback 

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments from your practice assessors which is reviewed on return to university by your personal academic tutor. You will also receive written feedback on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to engage with the different formats provided and discuss it with your module tutor particularly if there are areas with which you are struggling.  

You must achieve a pass mark of 40 and above in all theoretical modules undertaken in each year. Progression through into subsequent years of the programme cannot be undertaken until ALL elements both academic and practical are achieved. These are referred to as progression points.

Entry requirements are typically BBC at A2 Level, plus Mathematics and English Language at GCSE Grade C or above.

Candidates must demonstrate a good understanding of the profession preferably through relevant experience. Student recruitment is undertaken by means of a Values Based Recruitment approach which is aligned with the values and behaviours expected by the NHS Constitution.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 includes 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. 

The programme is currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is subject to ongoing monitoring. 

On completion of the programme and in preparation for registration, the Programme Director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a Fitness to Practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body. For more details, visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/policies-procedures.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance. 

Our practice Simulation Suite offers you a chance to practice paramedic skills in a safe environment, which replicates some clinical scenarios that you will experience.

Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real-time practice experiences using electronic mannequins and role play, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, making clear links between theory and the practical application.

Our close work with South East Coast Ambulance Service allows our students to experience the work of paramedics and specialist paramedics who work out of Make-ready Centres, an initiative led by SECAmb.

Alternative placement experiences within the primary, community and secondary sector are accessed through our partnerships with West Kent, East Kent and Medway Foundation Trusts.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Part-time study

Apply directly to us

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B780

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2020 (Medway)

Entry requirements

Location

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