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3 year - Degree
May 2019September 2019
2019/20 fees - TBC2018/19 fees - £9,250
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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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A Paramedic provides specialist care and essential treatment to patients of all ages in a variety of dynamic emergency and urgent healthcare settings. Very often the first emergency service and healthcare expert on scene, they can administer a range of life-saving treatments and provide vital information and support to people suffering from a variety of traumatic injuries and/or medical problems.
As a student Paramedic, this course aims to prepare you to face the challenges that come with providing emergency and urgent care to an ageing and diverse population in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital environment.
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.
This course is recognised and accredited by the following bodies:
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.
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.
Introduction of key concepts of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology as applied to Paramedic practice.
The aim of this module is to provide you with opportunities to develop the foundation Paramedic skills and knowledge you acquire at the University and apply it in the pre-hospital practice setting under the supervision of a mentor. You will have the opportunity to work with the University’s partner Ambulance Service NHS Trusts which will include shift work and a requirement to travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense).
The aim of this module is to provide you with the key clinical skills required to apply to Paramedic practice. You will need to utilise and combine the knowledge acquired in the ‘Foundation Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Paramedics’ module with 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.
This module will introduce you to the professional role and responsibilities of a Paramedic. The module will also give you the opportunity to develop your 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 healthcare policies, public health issues and their impact on out of hospital healthcare delivery.
The module is full of opportunities to develop your understanding, assessment and management of patients who could be considered to be vulnerable due to age, underlying health issues, relationships and cultures. It will be delivered as a whole cohort and offers the chance to step into the shoes of different patient groups to take on a different perspective in their pre-hospital management.
This module will explore the principles and strategies of Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) to enable you to apply, creatively, a wide range of sources of evidence for clinical decision making. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop collaborative values of communication, team working and decision making within a health and social care context. You 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 you to apply EIP principles. You will be introduced to research perspectives (methodology and design), audit, health policy, and service user participation as methods to evaluate your EIP plans and interventions.
The aim of this module is to build upon learning from the anatomy and physiology related modules in the first year and also to draw upon the 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 (2016). The module will also provide you the opportunity to build upon your knowledge and understanding from clinical experience, including aspects of behavioural sciences in relation to practice and vulnerable patient groups.
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.
The aim of the module is to consolidate your academic learning and clinical practice to date and to introduce you 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.
This module places you out in practice with an operational Ambulance Trust. The aim of this module is to provide you with opportunities to take your existing foundation Paramedic skills and knowledge and apply them in the pre-hospital practice under the supervision of a mentor. You will work with the University’s partner Ambulance Service NHS Trusts and will be expected to undertake shift work and travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense).
The aims of this module are to enable you to: develop your care and clinical management of patients, from across the life span, with minor injury or illness; critically evaluate the impact of your practice on the effectiveness of patient care journeys.
This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth exploration in an area of special interest which will have relevance to person-centred practice and which makes clear connections with local and/or national priorities in health and social care. You will establish a specific research question upon which to focus.
The aim of these modules is to provide you with opportunities to take your existing Paramedic skills and knowledge and apply them in the pre-hospital and out of hospital practice setting under the supervision of a mentor. You will work with the University’s partner's and will be expected to undertake shift work and travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense).
This module is designed to give you the opportunity to build upon your clinical leadership and management skills by learning how to take proactive approach to initiate, lead and develop clinical practice.
You are supported to gain a commitment to ongoing reflection and learning, underpinning your development as competent health and social care professionals to take up leadership roles as reflexive practitioners in complex service delivery environments.
The module is designed to help you recognise the dynamics of health and social responsibilities in health on an international scale.
You will have the opportunity to learn from an academic Paramedic team with a wide range of clinical knowledge and expertise. This includes specialist experience of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and the Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) role. The team have also made contributions to conferences, books and journals relating to paramedicine, and are undertaking research in key areas of pre-hospital care.
Another benefit of studying this course is our long-standing collaboration with Regional Ambulance Trusts who can provide opportunities to be provided with placement provision and mentorship. Exposure to the clinical environment within an NHS Ambulance Trust is an essential part of your course and will prove invaluable when you are applying for a position as a registered Paramedic.
As part of your educational journey, you will have the chance to use our bespoke indoor ambulance simulator, which will provide the opportunity to undertake realistic patient treatment scenarios that encompass an area of healthcare unique to the paramedic profession. It will also allow you to become familiar with the layout of an ambulance before you undertake clinical training placements with a paramedic mentor.
Other features include:
As this course has been validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), on completion you can apply to register as a Paramedic. This is a legal requirement to be able to call yourself a Paramedic and essential for employment in this role.
Close supervision, support and guidance while on placement with a service provided by a qualified Paramedic mentor.
During your time at Coventry University, we will concentrate on a number of core areas. These include the communication skills and professionalism required of a Paramedic; developing a sound underpinning knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology; and learning when and how to perform a range of clinical skills.
Your time will be spent establishing underpinning academic study and writing skills, as well as evolving skills relating to critical analysis and research. You will also undertake a practice placement where you will be assessing and treating real patients alongside registered Paramedics and other health care professionals.
All of this will be supported by evidence-informed practice and clinical decision-making tools which will be learned over the three years of the Course. This aims to prepare you to be ready for independent autonomous practice on completion.
Alongside traditional classroom-based learning, the Paramedic teaching team make use of digital and online technology. When teaching clinical skills, we use a 'flipped classroom' approach and provide you with pre-learning prior to a session. This allows for a more comprehensive use of your time here at the University; a proficient and productive learning experience with hands on exposure in a controlled simulated environment, using high-fidelity manikins.
You will also undertake a compulsory practice placement where you will be responding to emergency calls and working in out-of-hospital settings, treating real patients alongside registered Paramedics and other health care professionals.
The course uses a wide range of assessment methods, from
The Paramedic team has international experience and exposure to ambulance and Paramedic practice around the world. Our team is developing international links and there may be future opportunities for you to gain international exposure as a student Paramedic (additional costs may apply). With the UK being a multicultural society, this course prepares you with the 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.
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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.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.
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
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 are not required to hold a C1 driving licence as part of the entry requirement although it is recommended that you work towards achieving this during the course.
All candidates will need at a minimum 5 GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade A*- C. or the specified equivalents. Please note we accept Functional Skills level 2 in Mathematics and communications as equivalents. Evidence of recent study is desirable.
Consideration will be given to candidates who hold BBC, from three academic subjects to include a science subject. Excludes General Studies. (to equate to 112 UCAS points)
Consideration will be given to candidates who hold:
Subjects excluded: Non-health subjects.
Level 3 extended diploma with DMM from a health studies, health science, nursing or another science- based course (to equate to 112 UCAS points).
Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.
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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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South East Asia
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 2018.
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.
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2019/20 fees - TBC2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)
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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:
We will provide you with the uniform and personal protective equipment that you will need (including fluorescent jacket and rescue helmet), but you will need to purchase your own personal protective footwear for training purposes and for your practice placement areas.
You will need to meet the cost of travelling to and from the various emergency practice and non-emergency placement settings.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.
Paramedic graduates from Coventry University are much sought after by NHS Ambulance Trusts and the majority of our graduates have secured employment as a Paramedic even before they have completed their course. We work closely with Ambulance Trusts and partners and many of our graduates choose to secure employment with their placement provider.
While most graduates initially choose to work in an NHS Ambulance Trust, the range of opportunities for a Paramedic is expanding. Careers available outside the NHS include event cover, forensic Paramedics and private ambulance services.
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.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.