Paramedic Science Foundation | 2018/19

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Paramedic Science Foundation 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

2 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2018
January 2019


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A Paramedic Science DipHE is an important step into a career where you’ll be challenged every day to face the unexpected and help others.

Professional paramedics are ready to face the unexpected challenges that come with providing emergency care in the pre-hospital environment or out of hospital healthcare to an ageing and diverse population. This course aims to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a professional, HCPC registered paramedic.

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is recognised and accredited by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional register. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC Register. For more information please see the HCPC website.

What our students say...

The course was run in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. I knew I would learn from the best.

Lawrence Dwyer

Course information

One of the benefits of studying this course is a long-standing collaboration with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, who provide support, placement provision and mentorship for students. Such support can prove valuable when it comes to you applying for a professional position.

You’ll have the chance to use an ambulance simulator, which can give you valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with the environment you hope to work in.

Once you’ve successfully finished this course you can apply to register as a paramedic on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is a legal requirement for all those looking to practice.


of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016




  • Foundations in Communication and Professionalism

    A collaborative module, exploring communication and the prerequisites of caring and compassion providing a basis for exploration, reflection and evaluation of personal and professional values, within an arena of multi/uni-professional health and social care.

  • Foundation Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

    Introduction of key concepts of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology as applied to paramedic practice.

  • Foundation Paramedic Practice

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with opportunities to develop the foundation paramedic skills and knowledge they have acquired in the university and apply them in the pre-hospital practice setting under the supervision of a mentor. Students will work with the university’s partner Ambulance Service NHS Trusts.

  • Foundation Paramedic Skills

    The aim of this module is to provide students with the key clinical skills required to apply to paramedic practice. Students will need to utilise and apply their ‘Foundation anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology for Paramedics’ to the clinical skills in order to achieve the learning outcomes of the module. Furthermore legal, ethical and communication skills must be applied within a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional context.

  • Professional Issues and Public Health for Paramedics

    This module will introduce the student to the professional role and responsibilities of a paramedic. The module will also develop the student’s knowledge of the scope of practice in relation to legal and ethical principles, applied to pre-hospital practice. With reference to the relevant HCPC standards, the module will explore the relevant health care policies, public health issues and their impact on out of hospital health care delivery.

  • Vulnerable Groups and the Principles of Prehospital Practice



  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

    This module will explore the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable students to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. It will provide students with the opportunity to develop collaborative values of communication, team working and decision making within a health and social care context. Students will study in small co-operative teams and will be encouraged to work on small profession specific health and social care related projects/case studies; these projects/ case studies will enable students to apply EIP principles. Students will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate their EIP plans and interventions.

  • Applied Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

    The aim of this module is to build upon the student’s learning from the anatomy and physiology related modules in the first year and also to draw upon their clinical experience derived from practice. This module explores more deeply the pathophysiology of a range of conditions presented to Paramedics in pre-hospital clinical practice. The module will also explore in depth, the pharmacological aspects of the medications available for use by Paramedics under the current Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) guidelines (2013). The module will also build upon the student’s knowledge and understanding from clinical experience, including aspects of behavioural sciences in relation to practice and vulnerable patient groups.

  • Applied Paramedic Skills

    The module aims to build upon the knowledge and gained from Foundation Paramedic Skills and practice placement from the first year of study. The module will focus on developing more advanced clinical skills and holistic patient management essential for practice.

  • Clinical Decision Making

    The aim of the module is to consolidate the student’s academic learning and clinical practice to date and to introduce the student to the concept of decision making and clinical leadership. This module will explore patients with complex care needs in the out of hospital and urgent care environment, and explore referral pathways in alignment with local and national initiatives. The module will also explore decision making and triage in multiple and mass casualty incidents.

  • Paramedic Practice

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with opportunities to take their existing foundation paramedic skills and knowledge and apply them in the pre-hospital practice under the supervision of a mentor. Students will work with the university’s partner Ambulance Service NHS Trusts.


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In more detail...

  • Access to a range of books and articles related to paramedic sciences with contribution from the teaching team.
  • Lectures from specialists in their field across the paramedic, nursing and mental health spectrum. All with experience and a special interest in pre-hospital care.
  • The use of an ambulance simulator provides you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the environment in which you are going to work before you step foot on an operational vehicle.
  • Nationally renowned paramedic staff with both clinical and research expertise, a long-standing collaboration with the West Midlands Ambulance Service who provide support, placement provision and mentorship for students.

Close supervision, support and guidance while on placement with a service provided by a qualified Paramedic mentor.

The core themes for this course are: communication and professionalism; anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology; Paramedic skills; evidence informed practice and clinical decision making. You will cover all of these over the full two-year course, with a more in-depth focus on paramedic practice in the final year.

You will also undertake compulsory practice placements where you will be working with real patients, registered paramedics and other health care professionals.

When teaching clinical skills, we use a 'flipped class room' approach and provide our students with theoretical pre-learning prior to a session. This facilitates a more comprehensive use of your time here at the University, a proficient and productive learning experience with hands on experience in a controlled simulated environment, using high-fidelity manikins.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, seminars and problem-based learning supported by online work and practice placements.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical: 53%
  • Examinations: 25%
  • Coursework: 22%

53% assessed by practical exams

Typically, when in University you will spend up to 24 hours per week on campus learning the underpinning theory and practical skills that will be needed in the practice arena:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 16 hours of skills teaching in small groups and individual tutorial time each week.
  • Medium-group teaching: 4 hours of collaboration work with students from across the paramedic courses each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to set aside at least one day per week for personal learning.

Members of staff have current and developing international links and there may be future opportunities for you to gain international exposure as a student paramedic. In view of the UK and local multicultural society, the course prepares you with the sensitivity and insight to deal with patients irrespective of race, nationality or ethnicity.

In addition to the course offering insights into diversity issues, Coventry University itself offers a fascinating multicultural experience both in terms of the profile of its students and the local and regional community of ethnically diverse citizens who access healthcare and paramedic services.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course was run in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. I knew I would learn from the best.

Lawrence Dwyer

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSFD035
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BCC, from three academic subjects to include a science subject. Excludes General Studies. DMM in a Health subject. 27 points with a minimum of 14 at higher to include a minimum of one science subject. Minimum 5 GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics and Science or specified equivalents.


Applicants will be required to attend an interview and complete a literacy and numeracy test. Satisfactory health clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) required. 

In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

You will also need to sit a maths test as part of the selection process. Try our sample maths test.


Please note we accept Functional Skills level 2 in Mathematics and communications as equivalents. Evidence of recent study is desirable.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma (60 credits) to include 45 Level 3 credits with 15 at Distinction in health modules.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

Please note: we do NOT accept BTEC in Public Uniformed Services as a stand-alone qualification. We also accept sports courses.

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course was run in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. I knew I would learn from the best.

Lawrence Dwyer

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£12,600 (per year)

January 2019

£12,600 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course was run in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. I knew I would learn from the best.

Lawrence Dwyer

Career prospects

While most graduates initially choose to work in an NHS Ambulance Trust, the range of opportunities for Paramedics is expanding and careers are also available outside the NHS including event cover, forensic paramedics and private ambulance services.

For those who wish to continue their academic career, opportunities are available at Coventry for progression to BSc (Honours) and onwards to Masters, MPhil and PhD.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Paramedic graduates from Coventry University are much sought after by NHS Ambulance Trusts and the majority of our graduates have previously secured paramedic positions even before they have completed their course.

We work very closely with the West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust and many of our graduates who choose to stay with the Trust choose to work within the West Midlands or neighbouring ambulance trusts.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course was run in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. I knew I would learn from the best.

Lawrence Dwyer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.