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Paramedic Science, BSc (Hons), De Montfort University

the United Kingdom

De Montfort University

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About Paramedic Science, BSc (Hons) - at De Montfort University

The Paramedic profession is at the forefront of providing high-quality urgent and emergency care to patients in a variety of dynamic and challenging environments, responding to a wide-range of clinical conditions from minor illness and injury to critical and/or life-threatening presentations.

DMU has over 50 years of experience delivering high-quality education to health care professionals. The Paramedicine academic team comprises two Associate Professors, an experienced team of Specialist Paramedics, Paramedics, and Nurse Practitioners working in pre-hospital, emergency and unscheduled care.

Our dedicated clinical skills facilities utilise state-of-the-art technology, and a full range of specialised equipment, high-fidelity manikins, and patient management equipment that mirror those found in practice, to support our students' learning. In addition to these facilities, DMU also has an on-site crime scene house and car, both of which are utilised as learning environments. The range of dedicated equipment and facilities provides an immersive and realistic simulation environment mimicking real-life scenarios.

The Paramedic Science programme employs a modular curriculum that enables each student to develop both clinically and academically applying these knowledge and skills in the practice environment. This is enhanced with placements with local Ambulance Service NHS Trusts, University Hospital Leicester, and the Leicester Partnership Trust.

During your practice placements, you will gain clinical experience during all three years of the course by working alongside Paramedics and Technicians on emergency ambulances and rapid response cars. Other practice areas such as A&E, maternity, paediatrics, coronary care, and minor injury/minor illness, provide wider exposure to consolidate and apply skills and knowledge. 

Key features

  • Strong links and integrated work placements with local NHS Trusts.
  • Eligibility to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council on completion of the degree, enabling employment opportunities in a wide range of clinical settings.
  • Study in our purpose-built clinical skills suites that provide an immersive and realistic simulation – part of a £12 million investment in our facilities.
  • Benefit from more than 50 years of teaching experience from a highly qualified and experienced academic team, the majority of whom are employed in clinical practice in pre-hospital, emergency or unscheduled care.
  • A dynamic modular curriculum provides a challenging and stimulating learning experience and allows for more time to engage with learning, regular multi-modal assessment, faster feedback, and a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life.
  • We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading.

Notes about fees for this course

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

From August 2020, all nursing, midwifery and many allied health professional degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 additional funding available.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry requirements

GCSEs

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths, English and Science. 

Passes in Functional Skills and Key Skills qualifications at level 2 in maths and English can be accepted as equivalents.

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 128 UCAS points with one A Level Grade B or above in a natural science (Psychology accepted, but not Sociology).

T Level

  • Distinction in Healthcare Science (with an optional module in ‘Assisting with healthcare science' (not optical care services)

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM

Access course

  • Pass QAA Accredited Access to HE Diploma in Science or Access to HE Diploma in Medicine & Healthcare with 45 level 3 credits at Distinction.

GCSE English and Maths at grade C(4) are required as separate qualifications.

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

International Baccalaureate: 28+ points

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 in all components when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Interview: Yes

The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by the content of their personal statement and interview for the core values of the NHS constitution.

There is no fitness test, but you are expected to be able to lift, move and carry patients.

Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision-making regarding an applicant’s application. Interviews are currently being conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Work experience: Yes

Applicants are required to demonstrate relevant work experience. This would normally include experience from formal or informal employment, school or college work placements, voluntary work and other relevant life experiences. Merit is placed on either health based work experience of customer service experience (i.e. working with people).

Non-academic requirements

As well as academic requirements, you will also be required to meet and fulfil non-academic requirements which are stated below:

  • Self-Declaration Form clearance
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • Enhanced DBS disclosure clearance

You submit an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

We strongly advise that you opt for the DBS update service as it is possible that future placement providers may request a recent DBS and not one from the start of the programme. If you decide not to opt for this service then you will have to pay for the DBS again if requested by your placement provided – the university will not cover this cost. 

You must meet and fulfil all non-academic requirements before 17 July 2023. Failure to meet this deadline may result in your offer being withdrawn.

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