Paramedic Science

Practical learning preparing you for the real world

B780UCAS code 2yrsfull time

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Why take this course?

This course focuses on developing competent, skilled paramedic practitioners. Work-based learning is a key component and you’ll develop practical skills first in safe, simulated teaching environments, before being supervised in using these skills in practice.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Undergo simulated training tasks before putting your learning into action during your clinical placement
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with real patients in a number of healthcare settings
  • Shadow and receive mentoring from experienced practitioners

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is available in full-time mode, providing you with the opportunity to become a competent, skilled practitioner. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.

Liz Hurrell, FdSc Paramedic Science student

The practical elements of the course mean we get a very 'hands-on' experience.

Liz Hurrell, FdSc Paramedic Science student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
2 years full time
220 points to include 80 points from an A level in a single Science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science, Sports Science, PE). Applicants must be 18 or over when the course starts and hold a full, category B (car) driving license with no more than three penalty points. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5. Other qualifications

15/16 entry: UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man full-time students: £9,000 p/a*

This course is not open to International students.

*Please note that the tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.

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Health Sciences and Social Work

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The clinical and real-life learning approach that will equip you for your chosen career
  • Our simulated environments that mean you’ll gain and practise the skills you’ll need before entering the workplace 
  • Approachable lecturers, many of whom are teacher practitioners

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Year one

In your first year you will be introduced to the physical, communicative and research aspects of clinical practice. You’ll also begin your training in the profession-specific skills you will need for placement.

Core units in this year include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
  • Fundamentals of Physical and Biomedical Sciences
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Applied Biopsychosocial Sciences

Year two

In your second year you will develop essential patient management skills and effective response procedures for emergency situations. You’ll also put together your own professional portfolio, gathering evidence from the whole course that demonstrates the outcomes required by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Core units in this year include:

  • Managing Communication and Call Handling
  • Improving Health Services
  • Professional Practice
  • Clinical Examination and Assessment in Patients with Altered Physiology
  • Acute Pre-Hospital Care

Teaching and Assessment

Face-to-face learning via lectures, seminars and practical work will make up the majority of your campus-based learning. However, you will also be expected to apply the theoretical and practical components of the course to your clinical placements.

How are you assessed?

There is a varied blend of assessment methods as well as a dissertation that can be subject-specific to follow the direction of your career. Here’s how we assess you:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • assignments
  • projects
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

Andy Jones

Tutor's view

Andy Jones
Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Practice

Our student paramedics are supported by an experienced teaching team, all of which are registered healthcare professionals and have their own specialist areas of interest and research. You will benefit from access to modern clinical simulation facilities and enjoy good support from frontline staff during your clinical placements with the Ambulance Service and NHS hospitals.

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Centre for Simulation in Healthcare

Our aim is to enhance your learning and experiences through the use of innovative technologies. You’ll practise profession-specific skills on medical mannequins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment. The Centre is used to simulate real-life scenarios – a great way to prepare you for the real thing during placement.

Specialist Training

You will be part of the next generation of healthcare professionals so it’s important you get to practise your skills and gain relevant experience first-hand. You’ll be taking part in realistic clinical scenarios using state-of-the-art facilities. Act out examinations and treatments using our four beds of human patient simulators or our high-fidelity patient simulator. This is also a great way to assess your professional development.

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Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career prospects

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Where next?

Graduate paramedic employment prospects remain healthy, particularly in the local area, and in recent years paramedics have been employed in a variety of roles in the public and private sector. If you are already a paramedic support worker in a healthcare setting, this could be a great next step in your career. There is also the option to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a paramedic. Alternatively, some of our graduates look to complete a programme of further study through one of our other courses in the healthcare subject area.

Work experience

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Employment boosting opportunities

Approximately half of your time will be spent in practice placements, supported by clinical mentors and other Registered Healthcare Professionals. Practice placements will include a variety of frontline ambulance service, hospital and community settings. The advice you will receive from your mentors and the real-life experiences you’ll encounter is the best possible preparation for the paramedic profession.

The very nature of ambulance service delivery means that practice placements are spread over a wide geographical area. You’re normally allocated to a specific area, but will be required to travel to and from your clinical placements. However, it should be mentioned that you will need to arrange this travel yourself.

Career planning

Career planning
Career planning
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Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 88 per cent of our 2013 graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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