Paramedic Science, BSc Hons

Paramedic Science, BSc Hons

The BSc Hons Paramedic Science is for those individuals who are interested in caring for people across the life spectrum in both the pre-and-out-of-hospital environment. Paramedics are key members of the 21st-century NHS who deliver treatments that would only have been done by doctors 10 years ago, in the urgent and emergency care environment.

The programme offers a university-based education with a clinical work-based focus, and is designed to prepare the individual with the appropriate skills and expertise to enable them to undertake this dynamic and challenging role.

Students on the Avery Hill programme will undertake their clinical work-based practice with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and on the Medway programme with the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

The overall aim of the programme is to prepare graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered Paramedic.

The aims of the programme are:

  • The development of the necessary skills and knowledge required to provide appropriate care to the population within the context of national and local agenda
  • The promotion of the principles of evidence-based practice and research methods
  • The development of paramedic specific knowledge and skills, including the development of the potential for critical reflection on knowledge and experiences.

UCAS code

B781 A BSc/PaSc (Avery Hill) / B781 M BSc/PaSc (Medway)

Department

Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science

Location

Avery Hill or Medway Campuses

Attendance

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

300 UCAS points FROM 3 A-levels OR BTEC National Diploma

PLUS at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language, mathematics and a science) or equivalent qualifications OR an approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, of which 45 should be at level 3. A minimum of 30 of the level 3 credits must be at merit or distinction PLUS GCSE mathematics and English language grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications.

* Applicants should provide evidence of a full manual UK driving licence on application and have a minimum of 20 days' experience in health and social care in activities relevant to paramedic practice.

* Applicants should check the full entry requirements on page 6 of the Professional Health Programmes 2015-16 brochure.

Assessment

Clinical practice; portfolio; skills; essays; exams; reports; patient/client profiling; oral and poster presentations; laboratory exercises; opportunities for self-assessment; peer review; and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

Career options

Paramedics have a career structure which allows them to become a Specialist, Advanced or Consultant Paramedic, in urgent and emergency care and critical care roles. You could work in; Hazardous Area Response Teams, Air Ambulance and Neonate Emergency Transfer Services.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Paramedic Science

Our paramedic science programmes are developed with both the London and South East Coast Ambulance services and provide the academic and practical skills that are crucial for the paramedics of today.

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“I am enjoying this programme very much. It is a fascinating subject with loads to learn. It really helps that the programme is well structured. There is a great combination of lectures, practical weeks and placement weeks. We always get the chance to learn and practise new skills and then use them in a supportive environment while on the road.

The personal tutor group lecturers are very friendly, and you can always go to them for guidance and advice. As former or current paramedics, they really are expert in their subjects. We also have lecturers from outside the university who come in and discuss their specialist subjects. This is great, as they have real experience too.

The university offers impressive facilities. The library is huge with massive amounts of material on paramedic practice. Everything you need for the programme is available.  I feel really privileged to be on this programme, and I love every challenge that comes my way.”

Laura Newman
Paramedic Science (Medway)

“After working three years in the leisure industry, it was hard to give up my job. However, this programme is the best choice I’ve ever made. I had hoped to start my training for the ambulance service with this BSc as I knew it was one of the most respected programmes of its type in the country. I also found the lecturers had real drive and passion for the programme and, most importantly, for supporting its students.

The lecturers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and all have relevant hands-on experience, which is great as it means the teaching is practical. We also have guest lecturers who give us specific expertise. This provides the wide range of teaching needed for paramedic practice.

The course is highly challenging and allows you to develop a wide range of skills. Attending university lectures, presenting and practical sessions are some of the ways in which we develop our understanding in subject areas.

This degree provides graduate paramedics with many opportunities. For instance, students on this programme could further their careers by working overseas or training to become consultant paramedics. I would highly recommend the programme, and the University of Greenwich, to anyone who wants to become a paramedic.”

Gareth Harper
Paramedic Science (London)

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