Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

B950

Study options:

3 year - Degree

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
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:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 2477 652222


admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU222

Study options:

3 year - Degree

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 2477 652222


admissions.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Payment for Nursing students

All UK and EU students (those who are ordinarily resident in the EU for the previous 3 years) on the Paramedic Science degree starting in 2020 will receive a £5,000 per year non-repayable payment from the UK Government.

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. It is designed to enable you to become an effective, evidence-informed paramedic able and confident to deliver potentially life-saving treatment.

This course uses Coventry University’s ‘learning through exploration’ approach which uses simulation and hands-on learning to develop your knowledge and understanding. This includes the use of our replica ambulance, practicing extraction of patients from cars and using high-tech manikins which emulate real patient responses.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

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. If the accreditation of this course changes, we will notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

student

My skills are making a difference

Adam Black is studying Paramedic Science in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. With friends and family in the emergency services and having done part-time ambulance work with St Johns, he’s always had an interest in this area of work.

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.

Course information

Through a combination of university-based learning, using our excellent simulation facilities and university-sourced placements with an ambulance service, successful completion of the course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide safe an effective paramedic care in a range of environments.

In addition to medical knowledge you will also develop higher level communication skills, teamwork, clinical reasoning and an understanding of the factors which influence health. You will take an international approach, examining approaches to paramedic care from across the world.

Using scenario and simulation-based learning you will be an active participant in your learning. This approach helps you to put the theory in to context and embed your understanding of paramedic science.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year of the course you will have the opportunity to study the fundamental principles required for effective paramedic practice, including the study of anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology. You will also undertake a mandatory 10 week placement with one of our ambulance service NHS trust partners.

Modules

  • Concepts of paramedic knowledge and professionalism

    This module will explore fundamental concepts of clinical and professional knowledge that starts year one paramedic education. You will develop medical communication skills and explore anatomy, physiology and pharmacology in relation to year 1 paramedic practice. You will also be introduced to medicines management and professional, legal and ethical principles in relation to paramedic care.

  • Concepts of paramedic skills and application

    This module looks to explore year 1 paramedic clinical skills and the principles of their application in preparation for your first outing into clinical practice. It will introduce you to universal and paramedic specific equipment, assessments and develop personal safety in the clinical environment concepts.

  • Study Skills for Evidence-based practice

    This module aims to develop your academic writing skills, critical-thinking ability and reflective practice in the context of professional practice. Some skills will also relate to developing your competence in database searching and will also include relevant organisational skills for studying at university.

  • Concepts of fundamental paramedic care in context

    In this module you will have the opportunity to study the underpinning principles relating to the care of vulnerable groups within the pre-hospital setting. You will explore pathophysiology and the application of key skills involved with the care of all groups and will develop a foundation for the acquisition of further skills.

  • Health and Wellbeing in the community

    This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the social, politico-economic, cultural and environmental factors that influence individual and community health and wellbeing. You will draw upon key international, national and local initiatives and your learning will take place alongside other health care professionals to enhance your knowledge of the inter-professional nature of care. You will explore concepts of wellbeing, disability, disease and illness, health inequality and inequity. In addition, you will have opportunities to develop inter-professional capabilities of communication, role clarification, decision making and team working enabling you to practice and promote healthy conversations about lifestyle.

  • The application of fundamental skills in practice

    This 10 week mandatory placement* in a clinical environment is designed to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge learned earlier within the year in a real-life clinical environment supported by qualified paramedics.

    You will work with the University’s partners and will be expected to undertake shift work and travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense).

  • The Foundations of Evidence-based practice

    This module aims to provide you with the skills which will enable you to become an independent, evidence-informed, life-long learner. It will introduce you to the basic principles of gathering, appraising, interpreting and applying evidence to support your learning and professional development.

Overview

The knowledge and skills developed in year two builds on and extends the knowledge gained in year 1 and develops more advanced clinical skills. You will undertake a further 10-week placement to put your skills in to practice.

Modules

  • Developing Paramedic Knowledge and Professionalism

    This module will develop and advance your knowledge and understanding achieved in the previous year. You will advance your anatomy, physiology, pharmacology knowledge and further explore professional, legal and ethical principles in accordance with additional learned levels of accountability.

  • Application of Developing Paramedic Skills in Practice 1+2

    Within these placements* of seven weeks each you will develop your practical application of the theoretical knowledge learned earlier within the course. You will work with the University’s partners and will be expected to undertake shift work and travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense).

  • Developing Applied Paramedic Practice: A Case-Based Approach

    In this module you will look to apply knowledge from all previous modules. Taking a Case-Based Learning approach you will further develop your clinical decision making and application of associated clinical investigative procedures.

  • The Evolving Context of Paramedic Practice

    This module aims to enable you to explore and analyse issues related to contemporary and evolving areas of paramedic practice. In relation to this, individual, local, national and international perspectives will be explored. This will enable you to become more aware, reflective and entrepreneurial in relation to service delivery. This module is intended to complement Evidence Informed Practice and to assist in the formulation of a research question for that module.

  • Developing Paramedic Skills and Application

    The aim of this module is to develop and advance your knowledge and understanding, developing paramedic skills, more specific and advanced patient assessments, provide you with an introduction to the full range of paramedic specific equipment and its application.

  • Developing Evidence-informed Practice

    This module aims to develop and extend your understanding of evidence-informed practice, building on the first year module Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice. You will strengthen your searching and appraising skills, enabling you to effectively locate and appraise appropriate evidence in the context of the pre-hospital environment. You will then apply the findings from this appraisal to develop a research question, forming the basis of a research proposal for further study.

Overview

In the final year of the course you are prepared to demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements for registration with the HCPC as a paramedic. You will take an increasingly independent approach to your studies and be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to be an effective, autonomous paramedic.

Modules

  • Assessment and Management within Urgent and Complex Care

    This module will build upon the learning from your previous two years’ study, and aims to explore the assessment and management of minor illness, minor injury, and long-term/chronic conditions. You will explore holistic care and inter-professional care from a pre-hospital and unscheduled care perspective along with strategies to promote effective and safe multi-disciplinary team-working.

  • Leadership and Management

    Within this module you will look to develop the leadership behaviours and management skills required to function effectively as a newly qualified registered healthcare professional working within multi-professional teams. You will examine clinical leadership, explore the concepts of service improvement and gain experience of leading and participating in projects, using relevant management tools and techniques. You will reflect on your observed experience of clinical leadership behaviours throughout your course, to develop a personal development plan to guide your ongoing leadership development as a healthcare professional.

  • 'A difficult shift...' Contemporary paramedic case studies

    This module is intended to facilitate your application of content learned within the ‘assessment and management of urgent and complex care needs’ module. It is also intended to help you consolidate learning which has taken place over the previous two years and is also intended to be responsive to current areas of focus within paramedic practice. The nature of pre-hospital care is unpredictable and this module is designed to adapt to that, it will require you to transition between instances of care; such as complex care cases, trauma, acute medical illness, mental health, safeguarding amongst others.

  • The Application of Advanced Skills in Paramedic Practice

    This seven week placement module encompasses the supervised developing practical application of theoretical knowledge learned earlier within the course
    You will work with the University’s partners and will be expected to undertake shift work and travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense).*

  • Transition of Autonomous Paramedic Practice

    In this module you will look to review the accountability and responsibility of the registered paramedic. You will explore key attributes of autonomous practice and will further develop your understanding of reporting concerns, personal resilience, risk management, fitness to practice and continuous professional development. This module is broadly intended to prepare you for professional employment. As such it will include a period of time spent in the pre-hospital environment and exposure to providing the level of care that will be encountered at the point of registration and employment. You will work with the University’s partners and will be expected to undertake shift work and travel to and from settings outside the University (at your own expense). 

  • Evidence-informed Project (Paramedics)

    In this module you will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth exploration in an area of professional interest. You will establish a specific research question upon which to focus. Using an appropriate method of enquiry, you will systematically investigate the research question and analyse/synthesise the information generated in order to generate a set of findings or results. You will be encouraged to identify the implications and recommendations for professional practice of your findings. On completion of this module, we hope you will have an enhanced understanding of the research process (either literature based or empirical) and the potential of informing future practice.

In more detail...

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 practice placements* 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 compulsory practice placements 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
  • Portfolio completion
  • Poster presentations
  • Objective Structured Clinical Skills Exams (OSCEs)
  • Group work

On successful completion of this course you will be qualified to register as, and seek work as a paramedic.

In a typical week you will have around 12 hours of face-to-face teaching each week. Whilst on placement you will be required to work approximately 30 hours per week, which may be during evenings, nights and weekends in-line with the requirements of the paramedic role.

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: HLSU222
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC, 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 graded 9-4 including English Language, Mathematics and Science or specified equivalents.

This programme requires an interview in person.

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.

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.

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

£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

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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 Talent Team, the careers and employability service 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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.