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What makes Paramedic Science at Worcester special?

Paramedics work in a dynamic, challenging and constantly evolving environment, where no two days are the same. At Worcester you'll be trained to deliver excellent patient care under pressure.

We do this by intertwining the placement and university based aspects of the course. Meaning you can be learning theory one day and putting it into practice while on placement the next.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Our staff are practicing paramedics with a combined experience of over 100 years in pre-hospital care
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Opportunity to progress on to the MSc top-up degrees

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.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The University of Worcester accepts a diverse range of qualifications to assist applicants in achieving entry to the Paramedic Science Bachelors Honours 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 link can be used to support your knowledge of these areas prior to submission of your UCAS/application form or interview: NHS constitution values

GCSE 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.

UCAS Tariff requirements - 2020 entry

  • 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.

Other additional qualifications may be considered. 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

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)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 7.0 with no element below 6.5

Non-academic entry requirements

Work experience and knowledge of the Paramedic profession

We are looking for applicants who have a good understanding of the breadth of the profession and the diverse settings where Paramedics may now work. Work experience shadowing a Paramedic is very difficult to obtain. Many previous students have gained work experience with St John Ambulance, care/nursing homes (even on a voluntary basis) and working in customer facing settings – all of these will help students develop vital communication skills with people across the age spectrum.

Additionally, knowledge of the profession may 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.

We welcome applications from disabled students. More information and guidance on disability and becoming a health and care professional can be found on the Health and Care Professional Council website.

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

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Students will be required to pay for the enhanced DBS check.

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

The University strongly recommends that all students join the College of Paramedics- 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.

Driving licence

It is not a requirement to be able to drive or hold the C1 licence before commencing the course. However, being able to drive and having access to a vehicle will make it very much easier for students to get to the various placements they will be allocated to during their time at University.

We strongly recommend that you gain the C1 provisional entitlement during the course, as there is a medical that goes alongside it. Unfortunately, some people may not pass this. If you cannot get the C1 licence it does not stop you undertaking the programme, however it does limit your job prospects - please talk to a member of staff before you start the programme if you have any concerns.

"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 courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Professional values and academic skills (15 credits)
  • Biosciences for paramedic practitioners 1 (15 credits)
  • An introduction to pathophysiology of illness and injury (15 credits)
  • Biosciences for paramedic practitioners 2 (15 credits)
  • Fundamental skills for paramedic practice (30 credits)
  • Paramedic professional practice 1 (30 credits)

Year 2

  • Biosciences for Paramedic Practitioners 3 (15 credits)
  • Applying research and evidence to paramedic practice (15 credits)
  • Clinical and Psychosocial Aspects of Complex Illness and Injury (30 credits)
  • Essential skills for the developing paramedic (30 credits)
  • Paramedic professional practice 2

Year 3

  • Professionalism and the Paramedic (15 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Science for Paramedics (15 credits)
  • Independent study (30 credits)
  • Complex skills for the competent paramedic (30 credits) - OSCE and pharmacology exam
  • Paramedic professional practice 3 (30 credits)

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. 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.

Teaching

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.

Contact time

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.

Independent self-study

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.

Teaching staff

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.

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 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.

Feedback

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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Facilities

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock joined the University of Worcester in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer. In 2018, he was the course leader for the newly written BSc Programme in Paramedic Science. Before joining the Institute of Health and Community, and since 2008, he worked as a Learning Development Officer, Operations Officer and Paramedic for South West Ambulance Service Trust.

His career interests have been around leadership, simulation and developing technology.

He has extensive experience in the field of paramedic practice and has started to develop and be proactive in the development of the profession. In addition, he has been an External Examiner for Sheffield Hallam Paramedic Course and supported a number of universities as an external panel member for their validations and revalidations.

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Paula Gardner

Paula started her career in 1998 with West Midlands 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.

Paula has a special interest in the development of technology to enhance learning and my area of research is how the effective use of digital solutions can improve the students’ university experience and benefit their studies.

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Yuet Wah Patrick

Yuet qualified as a paramedic in January 2009 and started working for West Midlands Ambulance Service where she progressed to work as a Clinical Team Mentor.  She then started a secondment at University of Worcester in September 2015 as a lecturer/practitioner allowing her to teach and support paramedic students in the classroom and in practice.

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Mark Odam

Mark joined Gloucestershire Ambulance Service in 1994 as an Ambulance Technician, and completed his paramedic training in 2000. Before joining the University of Worcester, Mark was the Specialist Paramedic Operations Manager for Gloucestershire, Avon and Wiltshire. Mark is the Admissions Lead Tutor for Paramedic Sciences.

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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.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.

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Paul Creed

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

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

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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.

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Careers

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.

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Costs

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 the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Funding

This course does not attract an NHS bursary, therefore students will be required to pay fees or seek alternative funding.

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.

Uniform

At the beginning of the course you will be measured up for student Paramedic uniform which you will need to self fund. It costs approximately £180 and includes shirts, trousers, high-visibility clothing, helmet and steel toe capped boots.

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, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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