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University of Portsmouth

Paramedic Science

UCAS Code: B900

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points to include a single Science subject at grade C.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Health or Pure Science based), to include a minimum of 21 level 3 credits in Science subjects at merit or above.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50, to include a Principal Subject in a single Science subject at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a single Science subject.

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level in a single Science subject at H3.

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

D*D*

Must be in a Science or Health Science subject with a Human Biology, Anatomy or Physiology element. Public Services not accepted.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

Must be in a Science or Health Science subject with a Human Biology, Anatomy or Physiology element. Public Services not accepted.

112-120 Tariff points to include a single Science subject at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent. Applicants must be 18 or over when the course starts. Applicants with a full, category B (car) driving license should have no more than three penalty points. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. The Department of Health requires all new Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP) workers, including students, are tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The consent, test and managed process of results will be carried out by our Occupational Health Department.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Paramedic science

**Overview**
As one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at emergency situations, paramedics are the frontline of the healthcare system, often making crucial life-saving decisions as they assess a patient's condition.

This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree course prepares for you for a challenging and rewarding career in this highly responsible role.

You'll develop fundamental, underpinning knowledge of the scope of practice of a UK paramedic, practising your skills and applying sophisticated medical techniques in a supportive environment using the University's simulation facilities. You'll use highly technical equipment, such as defibrillators and life-saving resuscitation equipment, and learn how to administer oxygen and drugs to patients safely and effectively.

To prepare you for your career, you'll undertake at least 2,000 hours of practical experience on placements at ambulance stations and within other clinical settings.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), working in the public or private sector.

**Approved and endorsed by:**
This course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Paramedics.

**What you'll experience**
On this course you'll:
- Use professional facilities including our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you'll practise life-saving skills on manikins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment

- Work through scenarios you'll experience in your career, undertaking simulated examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and our high-fidelity patient simulator

- Get practical experience on work placements in paramedic teams and in clinical settings including community medicine, emergency departments, pathology, maternity, and critical care

- Have support from a personal mentor from the Ambulance Service

- Train with experienced paramedics and allied healthcare professionals in clinical settings

- Receive an induction and full uniform and PPE (personal protective equipment) from the NHS Trust you're assigned to

**Careers and opportunities**
At the end of the course, you'll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified Paramedic.

Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector. Many graduates work in ambulance trusts but you could also work in clinical settings such as:

- GP surgeries

- Primary and secondary healthcare

- Telephone triage services (such as NHS 111)

- Helicopter emergency services

- Special operations response

You can also continue your study at postgraduate level or take on a career in teaching, research or clinical management.

**Work experience and career planning**
To prepare you for your career, you'll get at least 2,000 hours of experience on work placements in paramedic teams and other clinical settings.

**Ambulance placements**
Each year, you'll complete an ambulance placement, working 37.5 hours a week (which includes 7.5 hours a week study time).

You'll be allocated a clinical mentor and work with a clinical team that consists of a team leader, paramedics, specialist paramedics, ambulance technicians, associate ambulance practitioners, emergency care assistants and other student paramedics.

You'll work alongside and be supervised by a paramedic on every shift and work in different ambulance stations across Hampshire or the Isle of Wight (depending on where you live during your studies). Your shift patterns will mirror what you'll experience as a paramedic and will include weekend and bank holiday shifts, night shifts, early shifts and late shifts.

**Clinical placements**
You'll also undertake clinical placements.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Core Skills Training Framework
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations of Paramedic Professional Practice
- Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice
- Science Informing Practice

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Acute Prehospital Care
- Applied Paramedic Professional Practice
- Engaging with Service Improvement
- Evidence Based Decision Making
- Patient Assessment

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Assessment and Care of the Older Adult
- Enhancing Paramedic Professional Practice
- Pathology & Therapeutics for Paramedics
- Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through tests (academic or practical/skills based), assignments, projects, academic written work/portfolios, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), presentations, dissertation/project.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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.

90%
high
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
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

91%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
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
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A
C

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.

Allied health

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.

£22,200
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Health professionals
9%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians

What about your long term prospects?

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

Subjects allied to medicine

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

£25k

£25k

£25k

£25k

£34k

£34k

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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