Teaching and Learning
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. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and clinical simulation. Seminars and lectures cover the theory aspects of the programme and develop your understanding of the programmes content. Time spent in the clinical simulation environment will apply the knowledge to clinical scenarios and patient experience.
In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. Scheduled meeting dates will be provided in your course planner.
Throughout the programme you have an opportunity to access various clinical placements which have been designed to enable you to relate your theory learnt into the practice environment.
The teaching is conducted in block placements where you studying at the University for 8 weeks with taught content and then out in practice for 6-8 week's with an assigned Mentor in Practice in a multi agency settings. 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 independent 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 600 hours in clinical placement each year. This will total 1800 hours by the end of year 3.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research for your various assessments, preparing for examinations and undertaking additional clinical simulation outside of the taught day.
A range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources, supports independent learning.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, specialist professionals in various fields, service users and practice educators.
The paramedic science lecturers all have experience within an emergency ambulance trust, working at paramedic, or specialist/advanced paramedic, level. The lecturing team also includes academics and specialist professionals from other relevant health disciplines. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include written examinations, portfolios, practice assessment, OSCEs and an independent study.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.