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University of Plymouth

Paramedic Science

UCAS Code: B784

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Including Biology/Human Biology/Applied Science/Chemistry/Physics Excluding General Studies 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications

Considered at confirmation

Pass 45 at Level 3 to include 30 at Distinction of which 15 must be in Biology or 15 in Chemistry. Remainder to be at Merit or above. Must also have GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4

Considered at confirmation

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

to include 5 at HL Biology or Chemistry or Physics English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

To include Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Physics English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Considered at confirmation

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Must be science/health related

Considered in combination

128 Points to include 2 Advanced Highers to include Biology or Chemistry or Physics English, Maths and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. English, Maths and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent

UCAS Tariff

128

including Biology/Human Biology/Applied Science/Chemistry/Physics/PE Excluding General Studies. 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications

considered at confirmation

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Paramedic science

Being a paramedic is a highly rewarding and stimulating career, with many opportunities to specialise. You will be working in unpredictable and challenging healthcare environments; as such, you will learn how to be dynamic with your decision-making, aptitude and application of skills.

Experience placements in various clinical settings, such as the ambulance service, emergency departments, GP practices, mental health, and cardiology for example.

• Access our fully equipped clinical skills suites, online resources, excellent library and IT facilities.
• Benefit from our experienced teaching team's range of academic and clinical areas of special interest and research.
• Study a curriculum focussing on quality patient management.
• Embrace innovative ways to avoid unnecessary admissions of patients to Emergency Departments following the Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place
by the
Right Person initiatives.
• Develop leadership and management skills.
• Learn on a programme that has service user and carer involvement at its core.

Modules

In your first year, you'll develop a knowledge base for working in emergency health in the community, learning safe practice, patient assessment and management skills, professional issues, communication abilities and response to major incidents. You will complete 485 hours of clinical placement time around the South West. In your second year, you'll learn how to improve decision-making skills, increase understanding of altered anatomy and physiology, pharmacological and medical, trauma and cardiac cases, obstetric, paediatric, and elderly groups for advanced clinical skills of patient management. Complete 485 hours of clinical placement time around the South West. In your final year you will develop further knowledge of clinical decision making involving advanced professional issues relating to healthcare practice; gain opportunities to expand your clinical effectiveness by refining your clinical skills, with the incorporation of minor illness and minor injury management; engage in a research project; and prepare for professional practice. An elective component in practice also enables you to explore specialist areas. You’ll complete 485 hours of clinical placement time around the South West. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

56% of assessment is by exam, 44% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The Government is issuing Health Professions students on courses from 2020 a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not have to pay back. A further £3,000 of funding a year is available for eligible students. Find out more about the bursary at www.gov.uk/government/news/paramedic-students-will-get-5000-support-payment-each-year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Health Professions

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

62%
low
Paramedic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Paramedic science

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
29%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

After graduation


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Paramedic science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,250
high
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Health associate professionals
45%
Therapy professionals
4%
Caring personal services

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Paramedic science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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