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Paramedic Science Foundation 2019/20 entry

Course code:

B780

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250

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Overview

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 will 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. This course aims to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a Health and Care Professions Council registered Paramedic after two years of study. 

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

Employability

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.

Our Facilities

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Mock Operating Theatre

Our Alison Gingell building includes a full-size mock operating theatre, containing scrub sinks and theatre lights. We also have a mock hospital ward so that we can study a complete patient pathway.

 

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Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for much improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

 

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

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

Successful completion of the course ensures that you achieve the required standards so that you are eligible to submit for HCPC paramedic registration.

Half of your course will be spent establishing a sound academic base to work from within the University. You will also undertake a compulsory practice placement where you will be treating real patients and working alongside registered Paramedics and health care professionals. 

During your time at the University, we will concentrate on a number of core themes. We have the opportunity to learn about the communication and professionalism skills required of a Paramedic, while developing a sound underpinning knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology, along with necessary clinical skills. 

All of this will be supported by evidence-informed practice and proven clinical decision-making tools. We will cover all of these themes over the full two-year course, with in-depth focus on the academic and clinical practice needed to meet HCPC registration.

100%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • 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 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 work with the University’s partner Ambulance Service NHS Trusts.

  • Foundation Paramedic Skills

    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.

  • Professional Issues and Public Health for Paramedics

    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.

  • Vulnerable Groups and the Principles of Prehospital Practice

    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.

Overview

Modules

  • Evidence Informed Practice and Decision Making

    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.

  • Applied Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

    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 (2013). The module will also build upon your 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 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.

  • Paramedic Practice

    This module makes up 50% of your time on the course by placing 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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Access to a range of books and articles related to paramedic sciences.
  • Lectures from specialists in their field across the Nursing and Mental health spectrum, all with experience and special interests in pre-hospital care.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A long-standing collaboration with the West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, who will provide you with placement provision and mentorship.
  • Access to alternative clinical placement areas.
  • Clinical skills labs which are equipped with a range of pre-hospital training equipment.
  • Access to Advanced Life Support manikins and equipment.
  • Access to our bespoke Health Sciences building which features the furnished interiors of two houses for realistic training scenarios.
  • Service-user volunteers who play the part of patients to enhance scenario learning.

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.

Alongside traditional classroom-based learning, the Paramedic teaching team will make good 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.

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

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical, examinations and coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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: 4 hours of skills teaching in small groups and individual tutorial time each week.
  • Medium-group teaching: 5 hours of collaboration work with students from across the paramedic courses each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 15 hours of lectures each week.

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

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.

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 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.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

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


12

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.

Portfolio

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.

GCSEs

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

A-Levels

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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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 2018.

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees TBC
2018/19 fees - £12,600 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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.

Course essentials – Additional Costs

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.

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

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 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.

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.

For those looking to continue their academic career, opportunities are available at Coventry for progression to a full BSc (Honours). Completion of this “top up” degree can be done at your own pace while in full-time employment. This can lead onwards to Masters, MPhil and PhD if you wish.

95%

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.

£22k

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
Disclaimer

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.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process