Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

B950

Study options:

3 year - Degree

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 2477 652222


admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

B950

Study options:

3 year - Degree

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 2477 652222


admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU151

Study options:

3 year - Degree

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £13,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 2477 652222


admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

The content of this course for September 2020 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2019 entry and is for guidance only. September 2020 entry content will be updated here in due course.

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 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.

94% of our students agreed they found the course intellectually stimulating.

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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Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Hospital Wards

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.

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 in 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).

  • 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 Pre-Hospital Care

    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 (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.

  • 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.

  • Applied 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.

  • Applied Paramedic Practice

    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). 

Overview

Modules

  • Minor Injury and Illness, Chronic conditions and long-term Care

    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.

  • Enhancing Practice through Evaluation and research

    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. 

  • Paramedic Practice (1, 2 and 3)

    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). 

  • Clinical Leadership for Paramedic practice

    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. 

  • Working together to lead service improvement

    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. 

  • Social responsibility and Globalisation

    The module is designed to help you recognise the dynamics of health and social responsibilities in health on an international scale. 

In more detail...

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

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

  • Written exams 
  • Written assignments
  • Poster presentations
  • Objective Structured Clinical Skills Exams (OSCEs)
  • Group work

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU151
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.

C1 Driving Licence

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.

GCSE requirements

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.                  

A levels

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)                                          

Access to HE

Consideration will be given to candidates who hold:

  • Full Award in a science or health related programme (60 Credits). Minimum of 45 at Level 3 to include 24 at Distinction, the balance at Level 2. Must be in a health-related pathway. (To equate to 112 UCAS points)
  • Mathematics and English Language GCSE must be obtained prior to application. 
  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications must be achieved prior to application. GCSE science is not required for Access students. 

Subjects excluded: Non-health subjects.                                                

BTEC

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.

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.

More detail

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.

More detail

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK 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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 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 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £13,250 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 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.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 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.

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.

*2020/21 course fees have not yet been determined by the University, however once confirmed the course webpage will be updated accordingly. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee and/or check the fee contained your offer letter before you accept your place and enrol at Coventry University.

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