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Paramedic Science

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

Including Grade B at Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Some PE A Levels may also be considered. 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science.

Pass 45 at Level 3 to include 36 at Distinction of which 15 must be in Biology (we may also consider 15 in Chemistry or 15 in Physics). Remainder to be at Merit or above. Must also have GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4

Considered at confirmation

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-32

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 or Human Biology. We may also consider Chemistry or 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. 144 UCAS points.

Considered in combination

112 to 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

T Level

D

Accepted – preference pathways would be Health and Science. Typical offer will be Distinction overall to include a Grade B from 1st year Core Component.

UCAS Tariff

112-144

Including Grade B at Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Some PE A Levels may also be considered. 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science.

considered at confirmation

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Paramedic science

Being a paramedic is a highly rewarding and stimulating career. The BSc Paramedic Science course at the University of Plymouth offers a forward-looking programme of study, which aims to prepare you for the workplace by developing your decision-making capabilities, clinical knowledge, and skills base.

This fast developing and dynamic profession presents many opportunities to specialise within a variety of challenging healthcare environments. As such, you will have the opportunity of gaining valuable experience in a variety of exciting placement areas such as primary/acute care, mental health and ambulance services, to name a few; this range of experience will enable you build confidence and competence, in preparation for entry into the profession following completion of your degree.

* Benefit from our experienced teaching team's range of academic and clinical areas of special interest and research.

* Study a contemporary curriculum focusing on providing quality patient care.

* Develop leadership and management skills.

* Access our fully equipped clinical skills suites, simulation areas and student ambulance.

* Train and practice your professional healthcare skills in an inspiring purpose-built environment, InterCity Place.

* Learn on a course that has service user and carer involvement at its core.

* Take advantage of the University’s excellent online resources, library, IT facilities and support services.

Modules

In your first year, you will develop knowledge enabling you to develop into the paramedic role, such as anatomy and physiology, risk assessment, professional issues and effective communication. You will also learn the theory and skills leading to basic assessment and management of patients.

In your second year, you will build on the skills learnt in year 1, developing your theoretical knowledge in relation to the assessment and management of medical and trauma patients. This year addresses the contemporary focus of the need for paramedics to understand mental health emergencies. It also introduces you to concepts behind evidence based practice and sees the commencement of your group research projects.

In your final year you will continue the group research project, collecting data and reporting on it. Year 3 aims to advance your knowledge about clinical decision making and prepare you for educating future learners in practice. You will also continue to improve your knowledge of medical conditions and pathophysiology, as well as your scope of practice in relation to clinical skills.

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 and up to date information can be found on our website.

Assessment methods

For up to date details, please refer to our website or contact the institution directly.

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

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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.

30%
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.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

58%
Staff make the subject interesting
65%
Staff are good at explaining things
50%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

52%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
54%
Course specific equipment and facilities
8%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Health sciences (non-specific)

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.

Health sciences (non-specific)

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

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

£29k

£29k

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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