Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)
When it comes to a rewarding career, you won´t find many that have more to offer than saving people´s lives by giving them urgent care at the scene of accidents and emergencies.
You will learn the theory behind the care that you give as a paramedic, as well as gain hands on experience in a variety of placements. When on placement you will experience the full 24 hour shift pattern to include 12-13 hour shifts,weekends and night shifts. In these placements you will learn about the role of the paramedic within the multi- disciplinary healthcare workforce. Due to the requirement for 2,250 hours of practice, the course will run over 46 weeks per year.
Successful completion of this course will confer eligibility to apply to register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The entry requirements for this course are 112 tariff points from 3 A-levels including 40 points from a required subject. BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Our School of Health and Social Care courses aim to help to make peoples’ lives better through excellence in education, practice development and research. By imbedding values of humanisation into our courses and research our graduates have the theoretical knowledge, skills and compassion to support individuals in challenging life situations.
Year One - Level C
Anatomy, Physiology and Science for Paramedics
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the essential principles of anatomy, physiology and sciences relating to the different body systems and paramedic science. You will develop functional anatomy knowledge and patient assessment skills.
This unit will introduce you to the essential principles of social, health and behavioural emergencies within the urgent and emergency care arenas. You will gain an understanding of the values of safeguarding and referrals pathways as well as the theories of stress, pain, team work and problem solving.
This unit will introduce the concept of evidence informed practice; you will establish the skills and attributes needed for patient assessment in the paramedic pre-hospital setting. This will include the clinical application of the knowledge and skills from previous units in relation to patient assessment, intervention and evaluation.
Paramedic Portfolio 1
The aim of the unit is to introduce you to professional practice and to the skills, knowledge and professional expectations that underpin and provide the foundation to such practice. This placement will include 750 hours in practice.
Pharmacology for Paramedics
During this unit you will gain knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary for the safe administration of medicines.
Year Two - Level I
Paramedic Skills and Strategies
Building on Year One, this unit will develop skills, critical thinking and reflection in relation to the major medical emergencies encountered in paramedic practice. Through problem-solving you will discuss possible interventions and the rationale for these.
Exploring Evidence to Guide Professional Practice
This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence, and you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how different forms of evidence can guide practice.
The aim of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the pathophysiology of pre-existing and/or related medical problems that impact on a patient’s health. You will explore a range of conditions that adversely affect patients in the pre-hospital environment as well as the issues that are associated with pain and pain management.
Paramedic Portfolio 2
This is a practical unit with an opportunity to gain experience in different areas of practice to enable you to develop the required standard of proficiency practice to meet client/patient needs.
Building on year one, this unit will develop advanced assessment skills, critical thinking and reflection skills in relation to specialist patients seen in the pre-hospital environment. These specialist patients will include: trauma injuries, elderly care including dementia and vulnerability, mental health, end of life and palliative care.
Year Three - Level H
This unit aims to ensure you are competent in the assessment, examination, and treatment of patients with a variety of minor ailments.
Physical Examination and Minor Injuries
This is a practical unit where you will assess, plan, implement and evaluate the total care and safe discharge of patients presenting with minor injuries with reference to evidence-based practice.
Service Improvement Project
The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop the skills of working in small teams to enhance the experiences of people who use services and / or their carers. You will reflect upon areas of professional practice or service delivery that need development.
This is an independent study unit; you will focus on developing a research question and the process of searching for and reviewing research literature in one specific area of paramedic practice.
Paramedic Portfolio 3
Building on your knowledge of professional practice, lifelong learning and continuing professional development (CPD) from portfolio 2, you will be expected to demonstrate evaluation and critical reasoning in practice placement competencies.
Successfully graduating from this course will entitle you to register as a Paramedic. Thanks to the hands-on, practical nature of this course you will be well-suited to enter a career as a Paramedic, or to join another area of the healthcare industry, such as minor injuries units, GP surgeries or on oil rigs.
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