Paramedic Science FdSc
What makes Paramedic Science at Worcester special?
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Professional Paramedics work in a dynamic, challenging and constantly evolving environment, where no two days are the same. Often working under emergency conditions, Paramedics are trained to deliver excellent patient care under pressure.
At Worcester, the University and placement aspects of your training are intertwined, meaning you can implement the theory you learn at the start of the week almost immediately, whilst on placement later that same week. It also helps integrate you fully in to both the university and ambulance communities.
Paramedics have to be committed professionals. At Worcester, you can develop the skills and knowledge you will need, as well as exploring the wider principles and values that underpin a career in pre-hospital care.
University of Worcester has a proven track record in the education of student paramedic both direct entry students and for existing ambulance service staff. We have considerable experience in all avenues of paramedic and pre-hospital care. All of the staff that facilitate the course are currently practicing paramedics with a combined experience of over 100 years in pre-hospital care.
University of Worcester prides itself on the friendly student focused atmosphere where we believe you will feel at home. The facilities are exceptional and the support you will receive as a student is second to none.
- Developed in partnership with the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
- Upon completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for professional registration as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
- Opportunity to progress on to the Health Sciences BSc and MSc top-up degrees
- 50% of the course is practice-based, working the same shift patterns as ambulance personnel
- The course explores social, cultural, moral, legal and political facets of pre-hospital care, preparing you for a varied career in this ever-expanding and evolving branch of the NHS
"As a Student Paramedic at the University of Worcester, I can practice theory that I have learnt in the classroom, at the beginning of the week, out on placement, later during the same week. I would certainly recommend studying at University of Worcester."
The University of Worcester wants all students to succeed and have a full and rewarding higher education experience. It is important to ensure potential students have a good balance between their academic qualifications and the demands of the programme. Therefore an interview will only be offered where the course team believe the applicant is sufficiently qualified, motivated and capable of completing their chosen pathway. If you are offered a place:
- Given that students will be allocated placements in rural areas, access to a car or supported mobility arrangements for the duration of the placements is essential. The ability to meet this requirement will be checked at interview
- Due to the nature of the course you are applying for all successful candidates will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
- All successful candidates will be required to undergo an occupational health screening clearance check
Given that students will be allocated placements in rural areas, access to a car or supported mobility arrangements for the duration of the placements is essential. The ability to meet this requirement will be checked at interview.
What qualifications will you need?
The University of Worcester accepts a diverse range of qualifications to assist applicants in achieving entry to the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree at conditional offer level.
In order to provide candidates with every opportunity to be successful the following list of qualifications, whilst not exhaustive, should help potential students demonstrate their ability to have prepared for higher education study.
Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements.
The following links can be used to support your knowledge of these areas prior to submission of your UCAS/application form or interview:
NHS constitution values - http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/about/Pages/nhscoreprinciples.aspx
6 Cs - http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/6c-a5-leaflet.pdf
September 2017 Entry Requirements
All potential students are required to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or a suitable equivalency) to include:
Where potential students do not possess GCSE or suitable equivalency in Maths and English subjects equivalency testing opportunities will be made available to the candidate should they so desire (Please note this will incur a cost to the candidate).
Level 2 key skills in application of number and communication, and certificates in adult literacy and adult numeracy are not sufficient to meet the requirements for entry to the programme. Although they are at the same level of the national qualifications framework (NQF) as GCSE A-C grades, they do not cover the full breadth of knowledge demanded by GCSEs.
A level applicants are required to have a minimum of 64 UCAS points from two A levels.
Access to Higher Education Diploma
Entry to the programme is welcomed and will require students to obtain 60 units in total from a recognised access to higher education health or nursing course. This must be made up from:
- 15 credits at Level Two
- 45 Credits at Level Three
- BTEC students must attain a minimum of 160 UCAS points (September 2016 entry) OR 48 UCAS points (September 2017 entry) with one aspect of their award at a minimum of merit level
- International Baccalaureate: students are required to have a minimum of 24 points.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: students will be required to have completed two A2 levels as well as the Welsh Baccalaureate core subjects.
- Irish Leaving Certificate: applications will be welcomed from students with the Irish Leaving Certificate. Students will be required to have successfully completed a minimum of two subjects at higher level with grades C or above.
- Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers: applications will be welcomed from students with Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers. Students will be required to have successfully completed a minimum of two subjects at advanced higher level with grades C or above.
Students whose first language is not English and do not possess the necessary English GCSE equivalency will be required to have IELTS 6.0 or above with a minimum of 5.0 in all tested areas.
A first Degree or other higher education qualifications will be considered by the admissions department on an individual basis. Please contact the admissions course team for further information.
Whilst it is not possible to list every qualification potential students who need further information and or assistance are advised to contact the admissions or course team for further information.
The University of Worcester wants all students to succeed and have a full and rewarding higher education experience. It is important to ensure potential students have a good balance between their academic qualifications and the demands of the programme. Therefore an interview will only be offered where the course team believe the applicant is sufficiently qualified, motivated and capable of completing their chosen pathway.
Customer facing experience requirement
In addition to the above range of academic qualifications, course applicants must be able to demonstrate a range of experience in an adult care setting: this may be on a paid or voluntary basis and should comprise of approximately:
- 6 months full time relevant work experience, or
- 12 months part time relevant work experience.
Occupational Health Clearance, Declaration of Offences and DBS
All places are conditional upon an Occupational Health Clearance which is to be paid for by the university.
Students will be required to complete a Declaration of Offences form at the selection event and will have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Students are required to pay for their DBS check.
I like the fact you start practical shifts so soon and that they run alongside lectures. I think it enhances my learning by very quickly putting into practise skills Ive learnt at uni; as well as improving my self-confidence and self-belief no end.
Sophie Morrall, Paramedic Science FdSc
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
I love my course – I get to practice my skills both in the classroom and out on the road as a student paramedic. The support here is fantastic – both the teaching staff and the paramedic mentors are enthusiastic and helpful.
Laura Hill, Paramedic Science FdSc
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
A variety of teaching, learning and assessment approaches will be used, which will emphasise the relationship between theory and real life issues and experiences during practice. For example, lectures, practical sessions, seminars, discussions and scenario days.
The course consists of 8 double modules with a value of 30 credits for each module. Each module is assessed separately and must be passed in order to gain the award. A variety of assessments are used across the course to enable all students to achieve. For example, written exams, practical exams, poster presentations, booklet productions and group presentations.
Students undertaking the programme will spend at least 50% of the course in a relevant work environment, with the majority of time within the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Where could it take you?
Upon completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). You are then eligible for employment as a Registered Paramedic with the Ambulance Service.
Once you have completed the Foundation degree you will be eligible to apply for the Applied Health Sciences Top-up degree to obtain your BSc or MSc.
"The University of Worcester is a great place for you to start your journey on becoming a Paramedic. The course program is well organised and well structured. Unlike many other university’s you get to go out on practise in your fourth week to put your skills in to practice and continue to do so every week which I think is fantastic. All of the lectures have an amazing amount of knowledge that they are always willing to share with you. They are always willing to help you if you are finding something difficult to do/deal with.
"I was fortunate enough to have been offered to study at three universities but Worcester was always my first choose. After speaking to previous students that had studied the same course they just confirmed to me that I was making the right decision. Overall the course is fantastic and you will fall in love with the University itself and the course."
"The Paramedic Science course at the University of Worcester, is very unique in its approach. As a Student Paramedic at the University of Worcester, I can practice theory that I have learnt in the classroom, at the beginning of the week, out on placement, later during the same week. I believe this continued contact with University and placement helps me to become integrated into the University and with the West Midlands Ambulance Service. This regular contact also allows me and my fellow peers to bring their placement experiences to the classroom, enhancing our learning experience. I would certainly recommend studying at University of Worcester."
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How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
UK and EU students
The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
This course does not attract an NHS bursary, therefore students will be required to pay fees or seek alternative funding.
Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.There might be cost associated for travel on this course.
Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.
Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.
We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.
For full details visit our accommodation page.
How do you apply?
Applying through UCAS
Paramedic Science FdSc B790 FdSc/PHEC
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.