As one of the first healthcare professionals to arrive at emergency situations, paramedics are the frontline of the healthcare system, often making crucial life-saving decisions as they assess a patient's condition.
This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science course prepares you for a challenging and rewarding career in this highly responsible role.
You'll develop fundamental, underpinning knowledge of paramedic science, practising your skills and applying sophisticated medical techniques in a supportive environment using the University's simulation facilities. You'll use highly technical equipment, such as defibrillators and life-saving resuscitation equipment, and learn how to administer oxygen and drugs to patients safely and effectively.
To prepare you for your career as a paramedic, you'll undertake at least 2,000 hours of practical experience on placements at ambulance stations and within other clinical settings.
When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to apply to register as a Paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), working in the public or private sector.
NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year
When you study this course from October 2020, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary of £5,000–£8,000 a year.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Use professional facilities including our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, where you'll practise life-saving skills on manikins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment
- Work through scenarios you'll experience in your paramedic career, undertaking simulated examinations and treatments in our realistic bedded ward and our high-fidelity patient simulator
- Get practical experience on work placements in paramedic teams and in clinical settings including community medicine, emergency departments, pathology, maternity, and critical care
- Have support from a personal mentor from the Ambulance Service
- Train with experienced paramedics and allied healthcare professionals in clinical settings
- Receive an induction and full uniform and PPE (personal protective equipment) from the NHS Trust you're assigned to
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical work
- clinical placements
There's an emphasis on applying theoretical and practical components to clinical placements, so you're well prepared for your future career.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- tests (academic or practical/skills based)
- academic written work/portfolios
- objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 42% by written exams and 58% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
At the end of the course, you'll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified Paramedic.
Once registered you can work as a Paramedic in the public or private sector. Many graduates work in ambulance trusts but you could also work in clinical settings such as:
- GP surgeries
- Primary and secondary healthcare
- Telephone triage services (such as NHS 111)
- Helicopter emergency services
- Special operations response
You can also continue your study at postgraduate level or take on a career in teaching, research or clinical management.
Work experience and career planning
To prepare you for your career, you'll get at least 2,000 hours of experience on work placements in paramedic teams and other clinical settings.
Each year, you'll complete an ambulance placement, working 37.5 hours a week (which includes 7.5 hours a week study time).
You'll be allocated a clinical mentor and work with a clinical team that consists of a team leader, paramedics, specialist paramedics, ambulance technicians, associate ambulance practitioners, emergency care assistants and other student paramedics.
You'll work alongside and be supervised by a paramedic on every shift and work in different ambulance stations across Hampshire or the Isle of Wight (depending on where you live during your studies). Your shift patterns will mirror what you'll experience as a paramedic and will include weekend and bank holiday shifts, night shifts, early shifts and late shifts.
You'll also undertake the following clinical placements:
- Year 1 – a 1-week community placement in a setting such as a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation team or with a learning disabilities team
- Year 2 – a 2-week in-hospital placement, which allows you to experience various clinical departments such as maternity, emergency departments and coronary care units
- Year 3 – a 3-day placement in a setting such as an ambulance control centre or minor injuries unit
Other work experience opportunities
Our Careers and Employability service can help you identify further placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV and further enhance your employability prospects.
You'll also get help and advice for up to 5 years after you leave the University.