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UCAS Code
B900
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
October 2020, September 2021

Overview

As one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at emergency situations, paramedics are the frontline of the healthcare system, often making crucial life-saving decisions as they assess a patient's condition.

This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course prepares for you for a challenging and rewarding career in this highly responsible role.

You'll develop fundamental, underpinning knowledge of the scope of practice of a UK paramedic, practising your skills and applying sophisticated medical techniques in a supportive environment using the University's simulation facilities. You'll use highly technical equipment, such as defibrillators and life-saving resuscitation equipment, and learn how to administer oxygen and drugs to patients safely and effectively.

To prepare you for your career, you'll undertake at least 2,000 hours of practical experience on placements at ambulance stations and within other clinical settings.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), working in the public or private sector.

NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year

When you study this course from October 2020, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary of £5,000–£8,000 a year.

Approved and endorsed by:

This course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Paramedics.
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.
  • Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. 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.

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent. Applicants must be 18 or over when the course starts. Applicants with a full, category B (car) driving license should have no more than three penalty points.
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. 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.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use professional facilities including our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you'll practise life-saving skills on manikins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment
  • Work through scenarios you'll experience in your career, undertaking simulated examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and our high-fidelity patient simulator
  • Get practical experience on work placements in paramedic teams and in clinical settings including community medicine, emergency departments, pathology, maternity, and critical care
  • Have support from a personal mentor from the Ambulance Service
  • Train with experienced paramedics and allied healthcare professionals in clinical settings
  • Receive an induction and full uniform and PPE (personal protective equipment) from the NHS Trust you're assigned to

Careers and opportunities

At the end of the course, you'll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified Paramedic.

Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector. Many graduates work in ambulance trusts but you could also work in clinical settings such as:

  • GP surgeries
  • Primary and secondary healthcare
  • Telephone triage services (such as NHS 111)
  • Helicopter emergency services
  • Special operations response

You can also continue your study at postgraduate level or take on a career in teaching, research or clinical management.

Work experience and career planning

To prepare you for your career, you'll get at least 2,000 hours of experience on work placements in paramedic teams and other clinical settings.

Ambulance placements

Each year, you'll complete an ambulance placement, working 37.5 hours a week (which includes 7.5 hours a week study time).

You'll be allocated a clinical mentor and work with a clinical team that consists of a team leader, paramedics, specialist paramedics, ambulance technicians, associate ambulance practitioners, emergency care assistants and other student paramedics.

You'll work alongside and be supervised by a paramedic on every shift and work in different ambulance stations across Hampshire or the Isle of Wight (depending on where you live during your studies). Your shift patterns will mirror what you'll experience as a paramedic and will include weekend and bank holiday shifts, night shifts, early shifts and late shifts.

Clinical placements

You'll also undertake the following clinical placements:

  • Year 1 – a 1-week community placement in a setting such as a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation team or with a learning disabilities team
  • Year 2 – a 2-week in-hospital placement, which allows you to experience various clinical departments such as maternity, emergency departments and coronary care units
  • Year 3 – a 3-day placement in a setting such as an ambulance control centre or minor injuries unit

Other work experience opportunities

Our Careers and Employability service can help you identify further placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV and further enhance your employability prospects.

You'll also get help and advice for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Being on placement is a fantastic experience and my favourite aspect of the course. I was made to feel part of the ambulance crew and have been encouraged to be actively involved in patient care from the start.

Alex Easson, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice
  • Science Informing Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Acute Prehospital Care
  • Applied Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Patient Assessment

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Assessment and Care of the Older Adult
  • Enhancing Paramedic Professional Practice
  • Pathology & Therapeutics for Paramedics
  • Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work
  • clinical placements

There's an emphasis on applying theoretical and practical components to clinical placements, so you're well prepared for your future career.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 42% by written exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Going on non-ambulance placements has given me a good insight into how Paramedics fit in to the wider health care picture and has reinforced that a Paramedic is not limited to working on an ambulance.

Alex Easson, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science student

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't open to international students.

NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year

From September 2020, new and continuing students on eligible nursing and allied health professional courses can get an NHS bursary of up to £8,000 a year.

For more information, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

If you want to start this course in 2020, please contact us.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B900
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from the outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU. 

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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