Paramedic Science BSc
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.
- 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
"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."
Graduate view - Natalie
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.
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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 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
All potential students are required to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or a suitable equivalency) to include Maths and English.
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). Please note that we do accept Functional skills level 2 in Maths and English.
UCAS Tariff requirements – 2019 entry
Applicants are required to have a minimum of 104 UCAS points including 1 science (for example, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, PE, Physics, Applied Science, Psychology, Physical Education, Health & Social Care, Sport & Exercise Science). We do not accept General Studies.
Access to Higher Education Diploma – 2019 entry
Candidates with Access to HE Diploma Full Award (60 credits) in Health Studies, Health Science, Nursing or another Science will be considered. A minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3, with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.
Students whose first language is not English and do not possess the necessary English GCSE equivalency will be required to have IELTS level 7.0, with no element below level 6.5.
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.
Please contact the Admissions Office if you require any 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.
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.
You do not need to be able to drive or hold the C1 licence. We do recommend that you hold the C1 provisional (not full) as there is a medical that goes alongside it. 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.
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
What will you study?
This is a new course therefore details about the modules available to study will be available soon. Revisit this page for further updates.
BSPS1001: Professional values and academic skills (15 credits)
BSPS1002: Biosciences for paramedic practitioners 1 (15 credits)
BSPS1006: An introduction to pathophysiology of illness and injury (15 credits)
BSPS1005: Biosciences for paramedic practitioners 2 (15 credits)
BSPS1003: Fundamental skills for paramedic practice (30 credits)
BSPS1004: Paramedic professional practice 1 (30 credits)
BSPS2001: Biosciences for Paramedic Practitioners 3 (15 credits)
BSPS2005: Applying research and evidence to paramedic practice (15 credits)
BSPS2002: Clinical and Psychosocial Aspects of Complex Illness and Injury (30 credits)
BSPS2003: Essential skills for the developing paramedic (30 credits)
BSPS2004: Paramedic professional practice 2
BSPS3001: Professionalism and the Paramedic (15 credits)
BSPS3005: Advanced Clinical Science for Paramedics (15 credits)
BSPS3002: Independent study (30 credits)
BSPS3003: Complex skills for the competent paramedic (30 credits) - OSCE and pharmacology exam
BSPS3004: 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?
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.
Teaching is based on research and consultancy. 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 a final year independent study.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
- X2 examinations
- X1 OSCE
- X1 Life support assessment
- X4 written assignments/guided written work
- X1 practice assessment document
- X4 written assignments
- X1 OSCE
- X2 written examination
- X1 presentation
- X1 practice assessment document
- X3 written assignments
- X1 OSCE
- X1 group presentation
- X1 independent study
- X1 Practice assessment document
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.
Find out more about our health facilities.
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.
Meet the team
Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:
Gemma is the course leader for Paramedic Science BSc. She is a practising paramedic as well as a senior lecturer on the paramedic science degree. Her interests include healthcare law, ethics and research. Gemma is passionate about the profession and believes that with new advanced roles and greater opportunities as a paramedic clinician in the wider health setting, it is a very interesting and exciting time to be part of the profession.
Tom Hancock was a Paramedic for 12 years working in a variety of roles from a Clinical Team Leader to operations Officer and moved into academia in 2017. He is the admissions lead for Paramedic Science BSc Programme and leads both year one and year two Paramedic practice modules. Tom also leads on mentorship engaging with West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust Paramedics.
I joined the University of Worcester full time in 2016 taking on the role of lecturer practitioner for the foundation degree Paramedic Science course. I commenced my career in 1998 with West Midlands Ambulance Service progressing to paramedic status in 2002. I am passionate about the Paramedic profession and am proud to be involved in Paramedic education.
I joined Gloucestershire Ambulance Service in 1994 as an Ambulance Technician, and completed my paramedic training in 2000. Before joining the University of Worcester, I 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.
Yuet Wah Patrick
I qualified as a paramedic in January 2009 and started working for West Midlands Ambulance Service where I progressed to work as a Clinical Team Mentor. I then started a secondment at University of Worcester in September 2015 as a lecturer/practitioner which allows me to teach and support paramedic students in the classroom and in practice.
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 was offered a full time position in 2016.
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.
David's experience includes working in the Life Sciences industry, which involved automated screening projects within Forensic Science, Cytogenetics, Blood Service, Pharma and Genome mapping. He is a state registered paramedic.
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.
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 2018/19 are £9,250 per year.
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.
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.
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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).
For full details visit our accommodation page.
Student views - Harriet and Safyan
Current students talk about their experiences of applying to the course.
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.