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Course overview

Paramedics work in a dynamic, challenging and constantly evolving profession, where no two days are the same. Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree gives you the opportunity to learn from our team of experienced, award winning and innovative staff team, our practice partners; West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and a range of specialist guest speakers, on your journey to becoming a qualified paramedic.

* We are currently revising and updating the curriculum for our BSc Paramedic Science programme to reflect the changing health and social care environment. for 2021 entry. New curriculum modules can be seen under ‘Course Content’.

What makes Paramedic Science at Worcester Special?

Our mission is to provide a programme that enables students to grow in ability and confidence so on exit from the programme they are equipped to deliver high quality patient centred care as rounded, caring and compassionate health care professionals who they - and the wider profession - are proud to call paramedics.

Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course seeks to not only promote technical excellence, but to nurture the professional values that place the patient, as an individual, at the centre of practice. To that end the course has at its core a concept of a holistic approach to care, valuing patients as individuals and not merely a biological system. Students will be encouraged to take ownership of their own learning, as confident, motivated independent learners supporting the ethos of lifelong learning, supported by colleagues both in the university setting but also in the practice arena. They will learn through experience, inquiry and problem solving; thus, enabling them to understand and not just know. The intention is to equip students to find sound solutions to the novel situations they will encounter in their professional lives. Students will develop a solid foundation on which to build their future clinical, professional and academic development. The programme seeks to achieve the very best in students enabling to do the very best for their patients and the profession they will join.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Our staff team comprises of experienced and award-winning academics, HCPC registered paramedics and those with specialist knowledge and skills. (See ‘Meet the Team’). We also have a diverse range of specialist guest speakers to provide students with a broad and up to date understanding of paramedic practice within a diverse health and social care environment
  • The staff team work closely with our Ambulance Trust practice partners, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WMAS), to promote an excellent practice experience for students.
  • The course also offers students a variety of alternative placements within a range of healthcare settings, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, learning from and about other healthcare professionals.
  • We also work with our service user and carer group IMPACT to enable students to learn from the people who use health and care services. IMPACT comprises of carers of learning-disabled relatives, mental health survivors, people with long-term physical disabilities, care leavers, survivors of domestic abuse and people with dementia.
  • A strong focus on clinical skills and simulation in safe environments prior to entering practice, enables students to feel confident to apply learning to practice, supported by our academic team and by mentors from the Ambulance Trust.
  • The course explores not only clinical skills but also broader issues of professional practice, including, social, cultural, moral, legal and political facets of pre-hospital care, preparing you for a varied career as a paramedic.
  • 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 MSc top-up degrees

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Essential Information

We want 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.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

The University of Worcester accepts a diverse range of qualifications to assist applicants in achieving entry to the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science as a condition to an offer of a place on the programme. 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 and profession specific requirements.

The following link can be used to support your knowledge of these areas prior to submission of your UCAS/application form or interview: NHS constitution values

Academic entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C/4 and above including English Language, Mathematics and Science. University of Worcester GCSE Maths and English equivalency tests are also accepted.

And

  • 120 UCAS tariff points or BBB. 120 points must be achieved in A2 subjects or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended National Diploma (Sport & Exercise Science, Health Science and Applied Science preferred) DDM. Other BTEC National Diplomas may be considered with AS or A2 Biology / Human Biology / PE. We will not be accepting Uniformed Public Service (or equivalent).
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3A and 3B grades in 6 Higher Level papers at one sitting, including 2 science subjects of which one should be Biology.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma welcomed - 60 credits in total, with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 - at least 24 credits at Distinction and the remainder at Merit, at least 15 of those in Biological Science related subjects. Preferred courses include Health and Social Care, Paramedic Science, Health Professionals or similar. At least 120 UCAS points must be achieved.
  • University of Worcester Healthcare Foundation Year - Please note that successful completion of the UW Healthcare Foundation year, will result in a guaranteed interview for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course but, the selection process follows a competitive process and a place on the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course is therefore not guaranteed.
  • Other additional qualifications may be considered.

The interview and admissions process will be the same for all applicants regardless of route and all applicants are subject to the course entry criteria

No offers will be made without Interview. Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview, or a place on the course. For full details please see the UCAS website.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5. (HCPC 2013)

Other requirements

Educational history

Students should normally have been in education within 3 years of commencing a place on the course. Please contact Admissions Team C for information, or clarification, regarding entry requirement: admissionsc@worc.ac.uk

Work experience

Applicants should ideally have some experience of working in a health or social care setting. This might include working for the NHS, private health and social care, St John Ambulance or care/nursing homes for example (on a paid or voluntary basis). This will evidence that applicants have developed some knowledge, understanding and experience of health and social care, and the vital communication skills needed to work with people across the life course. Applicants with extended experience of working in a customer facing, service environment will also be considered.

Additionally, knowledge of the profession should be gained through attending University open days or careers events, talking to qualified Paramedics, reading professional publications or researching online. The following websites may provide a helpful starting point; the College of Paramedics and Health and Care Professions Council, and Step into the NHS and NHS Careers.

Driving licence

As it is not a requirement to be able to drive to practice as a paramedic (see ‘health’ above), holding a full driving licence is not a requirement for this course. A full driving licence with C1 is required for working as paramedic on the front line however, so applicants should note that they may be unable to secure employment as a paramedic where driving is required as part of that role.

Applicants should also note, that being able and willing to travel to the University of Worcester and to practice placements is a requirement. Practice placements are typically 12 hour shifts and this means you will need to be able to get to your practice placement at times when public transport may not be an option. We strongly recommend then, that you have a full driving licence and access to a car.  We also strongly recommend, that you gain the C1 provisional entitlement to your driving licence during the course to enhance your employability prospects.

Membership of professional body

The University of Worcester ask that all students join the College of Paramedics (COP). Joining this professional body will enable you to access a wide range of academic material that will enhance your learning. Additional benefits include clinical negligence insurance that may be necessary for practice learning in some non-NHS practice placements.

Other requirements

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations. All offers are also subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which students are required to fund themselves.

Students will be required to sign a Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practice disclosure on commencement of the course.

Don't quite meet the entry requirements?

If you don't currently meet the entry requirements, or are returning to education, consider studying a Healthcare Professions Foundation Year.

Health and ability/disability

We welcome applications from those with disabilities in line with the Equality act (2010). It should be noted however, that paramedics need physical strength and stamina, to lift and transport patients unable to walk on their own. Applicants will need to be able to lift and carry at least 100lbs (45.4 Kg), and to push and pull objects that weigh more than 50lbs (22.7 kg). Paramedics must also have the stamina and endurance to repeatedly bend, lift and kneel in uncomfortable positions throughout their work shifts and to work 12-hour shifts.

Paramedics also need strong motor skills to be able to perform the precise work the role involves. For example, steady hands are needed to give patients intravenous medications or providing wound care. When monitoring patients’ vital signs, paramedics use equipment with small, precise controls. Good coordination is also needed, to climb stairs, retrieve equipment and carry patients. The ability to move around and perform tasks in small areas, such as an ambulance or treatment room, is also important. Finally, because paramedics communicate with patients and other health care professionals, they must be able to speak clearly, precisely and succinctly. Reasonable adjustments in academic and practice will be implemented wherever possible in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) but, these physical requirements should be considered by potential applicants as they are requirements for employment as a paramedic.

Potential applicants should also note that there are certain physical and mental health conditions that may prevent you from gaining employment as a paramedic, for example, epilepsy/seizures. This is because typically, paramedics will be required to undertake emergency or ‘blue light’ driving which requires them to meet higher medical standards for driving beyond this of the medical standards for non-emergency driving. For example, if an individual with epilepsy/seizures has an ‘untoward episode’, it is likely that your B class driving licence will be revoked for 12 months and the C1 element (required to drive an ambulance) may be revoked for up to 5 years. This makes it very difficult to gain employment in most NHS Ambulance Services. This does not prevent you from applying for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course, nor successfully completing it. Paramedics now work in a range of health care environments and as such, it is possible to gain employment in a non-driving paramedic role. There is no requirement to drive to be an HCPC registered paramedic. For further advice on medical conditions and driving please see the Assessing fitness to drive: a guide for medical professionals.

We work in partnership with the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS), and other local NHS and Health and Care Trusts with regards to practice placements. Students on placements will be required to attend urgent and emergency calls with their mentor or supervisor during shifts. As such, student paramedics will potentially attend incidents that may be upsetting. The health and wellbeing of our students is paramount at all times and students are taught about resilience and self-care and are supported by course staff throughout the 3-year BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree. Support is also available via University of Worcester Student Support Services and by WMAS. We welcome applications from people who have experienced mental health issues but ask that applicants consider the necessity for robust mental health prior to applying. Applicants will be faced with many unprecedented situations which require the resilience and the ability to cope under pressure.

Applicants are required to disclose any severe and enduring physical and mental health conditions on a self-declaration form (which also asks you to declare any potential DBS issues).

Potential applicants who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to seek advice from their GP or consultant and /or contact the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science Admissions Tutor prior to applying.

Paramedic Science BSc at Worcester

"Every week is different, every placement is different but what stays the same is the dedication by the lecturers who are, or have been, paramedics. Joining Worcester University has been the best decision I've ever made."

Abbie Dowden, Paramedic Science BSc

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Course content

What will you study?

Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course is informed by research and current developments in the health and social care environment and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. The course does therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice.

We are currently revising and updating the curriculum for our BSc Paramedic Science course to reflect the changing health and social care environment. We will retain our patient focused philosophy and deliver a programme which contains practical experience supported by the theory which underpins it. The new curriculum has emphasis on the application of theory through simulation activities in a safe environment before students enter practice placements.

We have always adopted the principles of holistic care, treating the individual as much more than a biological system, but we are now making this much more explicit. We have also taken the opportunity to take a look at our approach to assessment and are devising ways in which you can demonstrate your competence in a way that closely aligns to the role you will undertake. We are revising the programme with the aim in mind of producing skilled, well rounded paramedics who are fit for their role as a healthcare professional. This aim has not changed from previous programmes, but we are adapting the programme to reflect the changing needs of our key stakeholders and in particular the patients who seek the care of a paramedic. The result is an excellent, contemporary, innovative and fit for purpose course and we look forward to welcoming students in September 2021.

The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course however, the following are the provisional new curriculum module titles but please note they may be subject to change.

Year 1

  • Biosciences 1 (30 credits at level 4)
  • Professional skills (15 credits at level 4)
  • Patient assessment (15 credits at level 4)
  • Skills & simulation 1 (30 credits at level 4)
  • Skills & simulation 2 (15 credits at level 4)
  • Practice 1 (15 credits at level 4)

Year 2

  • Biosciences 2 (30 credits at level 5)
  • Patient assessment & clinical intervention (15 credits at level 5)
  • Research methods (15 credits at level 5)
  • Skills & simulation 3 (30 credits at level 5)
  • Practice 2 (15 credits at level 5)
  • Practice 3 (15 credits at level 5)

Year 3

  • Leadership (15 credits at level 6)
  • Reasoning (15 credits at level 6)
  • Dissertation (30 credits at level 6)
  • Skills & simulation 4 (30 credits at level 6)
  • Practice 4 (15 credits at level 6)
  • Practice 5 (15 credits at level 6)

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?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. With this in mind, the course is taught via blended learning, utilising a combination of staff taught lectures and seminars (in person on campus and online), clinical simulation, independent self-study by students and practice placements. Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) will support you your academic development, enable you to reflect on your progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of staff taught lectures and seminars (in person on campus and online), clinical simulation, independent study by students and practice placements. Lectures and seminars will cover the theory aspects of the programme and develop your understanding of the programmes content. Time spent in the clinical simulation environment will help you to apply theoretical learning in clinical scenarios and patient experience and practice will enable you to apply your theoretical and simulation learning.

You will be offered regular group and /or individual meetings with Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) to monitor and support your learning.

Contact time

The precise contact hours will depend on the modules being studied. In the final year, you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more Dissertation focused study. Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • Interactive workshops including clinical skills simulation
  • Group lectures
  • Seminars in groups of around 25 students
  • Clinical skills and Scenario workshops

Additionally you will spend a minimum of 400 hours in clinical placement each year. This will total a minimum of 1200 hours by the end of year 3.

Independent self-study

Applicants should note that independent self-study outside of taught sessions is a mandatory part of this course.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research for your various assessments, preparing for examinations but this list is not exhaustive.

A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by experienced and award-winning academics, HCPC registered paramedics and other professionals with specialist knowledge and skills. (See ‘Meet the Team’ or staff profiles.). We also have a diverse range of guest speakers including people from our IMPACT service user and carer group, and we work closely with our practice partners - West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) and local NHS and Health and Care Trusts. to ensure an excellent practice experience for students.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more ‘summative’ assessments, which are assessed and count towards the overall module mark. Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations, examinations, portfolios, practicals, practice assessment and a Dissertation.

Feedback

You will receive formal feedback on theoretical work from course staff and from mentors in relation to practice. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss feedback given, with module tutors and mentors as appropriate, and with Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) and

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work within 20 working days of the submission date.

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Meet The Team

Paula Gardner

Paula Gardner

Paula is the Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) course leader. She started her career in 1998 with when she joined Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service progressing to paramedic status in 2002. She has enjoyed many roles throughout the years, including community paramedic on the rapid response vehicle and named mentor for direct entry and technician to paramedic students, from a wide range of universities.

Working as a Paramedic she has gained clinical skills and knowledge within the care of a diverse range of patient, client and service user groups across all age ranges.

With the experience of being a mentor of pre-registration paramedic students, Paula is passionate about the delivery of quality of care, the patient experience and paramedic education. Paula also teaches qualified paramedics on the Mentorship For Paramedic Practice Module.

She was appointed to the role of Lecturer Practitioner within the School of Allied Health and Community in Oct 2016 and became part of the team responsible for the development and delivery of the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme. In 2018 Paula became Practice Lead, working with our practice partners to develop a range of placements provided to ensure that you, as a developing health care professional, can perform autonomous clinical practice aware of the wider health industry.

Paula is HCPC registered Paramedic, a member of the College of Paramedics, FHEPS lead for the University of Worcester and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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Mark Odam

Mark joined Gloucestershire Ambulance Service in 1994 as an Ambulance Technician, and completed my paramedic training in 2000. Since then he has worked as a HEMS Paramedic for just under 3 years, and was also part of the first cohort of Emergency Care Practitioners for the Trust.

Mark completed his BSc as part of his training, and has worked in specialist/advanced practice ever since. Before joining the University of Worcester, Mark was the Specialist Paramedic Operations Manager for Gloucestershire, Avon and Wiltshire, and oversaw day-to-day matters including developing policy changes and new working practices. He also helped deliver training and clinical skills updates to his staff in these areas.

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Matthew Collett

Matthew has 24 years experience in the ambulance service and 17 years as a paramedic, gaining advanced status in 2013. He began part-time (HPL) at University of Worcester for the paramedic science team in 2015 and offered a full time position in 2016.

Matthew was born and spent most of his life in Worcester so he is very familiar with the area, which is also, where he practiced as a paramedic.

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Paul Creed

Paul joined the former Gloucestershire Ambulance Service in 2000. Prior to joining the ambulance service he worked in radiography and had his own acupuncture practice in his home town of Cheltenham. Paul has always had a strong interest in different methods of healthcare and clinical education, particularly since completing his degree in 2012. Paul is married with two children and two pugs which take up most of his spare time.

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David Woolford

Qualifications:

BSc Hons Biological Sciences

Professional experience:

Life Sciences industry automated screening projects within Forensic Science, Cytogenetics, Blood Service, Pharma and Genome mapping projects.

State Registered Paramedic

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Dr Tim Kilner

Tim first registered as a nurse, working in and teaching emergency nursing. He has a specific teaching and research interest in prehospital urgent and acute care which led on to him registering as a paramedic.

Tim has worked both as an operational paramedic and a senior manager in an NHS ambulance trust. Tim is one of the institutes Academic Integrity Tutors and has a number of years experience acting as an expert witness in legal proceedings involving ambulance trusts and ambulance staff. He has written a number of reports for the courts and has given oral evidence in both the County Courts and the High Court in England and Wales.

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OBE Ruth Jones

Qualifications
2013 Postgraduate Certificate: Academic Course Leaders Programme
2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Family Law and Expert Witness Testimony
2011 Postgraduate Certificate In Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2010 A1 Assessor Award
2009 Mental Health First Aid Facilitators Certificate
2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods
2008 Training Parent Educators Facilitators Certificate
2005 Pregnancy and Domestic Violence Programme Facilitators Certificate
2004 MA Contemporary Studies: Sociology
2004 The Freedom Programme Facilitators Certificate
2002 7307 Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners
2001 BA (Hons) Sociology & Women's Studies

Awards

2014 OBE (Order of the British Empire) HM Government
2012 Inspirational Woman of Europe Europe Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
2012 HEA Fellow Higher Education Academy
2011 Worcestershire Woman of Achievement Award
2011 Department of Health National Support Team for Response to Sexual Recognition for Excellence in Research
2010 Winner of Applied Social Research Competition UK Universities

The course team are supported by various services at the University of Worcester, including specialist librarians, Academic writers in residence and student services

Careers

Where could it take you?

Upon completion of our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Upon registration, you will be able to apply for work with a range of employers including but not exhaustive of, Ambulance Trusts, primary care, private health and care organisations / agencies and specialist services.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Funding for Paramedic students

The Government has announced that, from September 2020, students on Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Paramedic Science courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year, which they will not need to pay back. 

Find out more about this payment.

Additional costs

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.

Students will be required to pay for an enhanced DBS check.

Uniform

A full set of uniform will be provided by the university at the  beginning of the course you including shirts, trousers, high-visibility clothing, helmet and steel toe capped boots. Additional uniform may need to be purchased by the student.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Paramedic Science BSc - B950

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

B950

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Paramedic Science

Admissions tutor

OBE Ruth Jones

Head of Department