BSc Paramedic Science

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As a Paramedic, you will face a wide range of situations which will require you to calmly and competently identify, communicate and administer emergency care in order to save lives. You will need to ensure that you have access to the best training available, and be fully prepared for this demanding but rewarding role.

When you join UEA, you will be joining a supportive community of like-minded health and medical professionals, working together to gain first-hand experience and providing first-class care.

We also have a great reputation with our partner NHS and Ambulance Trusts, and are proud that our students graduate with excellent career prospects and good honours. We will support you to become the very best paramedic you can be.

Overview

Looking for a career in a rapidly expanding and rewarding field? 

The Paramedic Science degree at UEA is a highly relevant and practice led course, fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

It has also been developed collaboratively with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and endorsed by The College of Paramedics. 

What does this course offer?

  • A lecturing team who are clinically active as paramedics  
  • Valuable time spent in clinical placements (50% of course time) helping you to develop your knowledge and skills and gain first-hand experience
  • State of the art clinical skills education using contemporary equipment used by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust
  • Opportunities to learn with students across all disciplines and experts from across the School of Health Sciences

Life as a Paramedic

A paramedic is expected to autonomously assess and treat patients in line with contemporary clinical practice guidelines, often in challenging situations and under considerable pressure. They may administer life-saving drugs and use high-tech equipment, they also have to gather information and form working diagnoses for a wide variety of patients who may have complex health needs. Consequently paramedics need to be highly inquisitive, diplomatic and person-centred individuals with an eye for detail and a thirst for knowledge. 

Career opportunities

As well as employment opportunities within NHS ambulance services, paramedics are employed within the private sector making the employability very high - currently over 90% of our graduates find employment within six months of graduating. There are increasing opportunities to specialise as a paramedic in areas such as critical care, primary care and a wide range of other areas. Read our graduate stories to see where this career could take you.

Register for an open day where you will get the chance to meet your future course leaders and lecturers, ask any questions and get a real feel for where a career in Paramedic Science you could take you.

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Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

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COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

This module will focus on three themes: transition into higher education and the acquisition of effective learning skills; the foundations of communication in its variety of forms and the exploration of reflective practice and its role in lifelong learning and the development of self-awareness to support effective paramedic practice. The learning objectives of this module are to: Provide students with a foundation in academic learning and study skills to support students through the transition into higher education. Students will explore how to form and develop effective communication and interpersonal relationships for paramedic practice. Students will investigate and experience a range of ways of learning, so they can develop their abilities as effective learners and members of a learning group. The concept of lifelong learning and reflective practice will be introduced.

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EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 1

This module is designed to provide a grounding in research and evidence-based practice for Paramedics. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Introduce research and evidence-based practice #Discuss clinical audit #provide an overview of clinical governance and service improvement

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FOUNDATIONS OF PARAMEDIC PRACTICE

This module is about drawing together the essential foundations of clinical, anatomical, pharmacological sciences and current clinical guidance and evidence, together with professional, legal and ethical frameworks to enable the student to undertake an assessment of a patient (across the client groups) in a systematic and methodical approach. The learning objectives of this module are to: #undertake an assessment of a patient (across the client groups) in a systematic and methodical approach #identify patients who have a condition (injury or illness) that requires immediate recognition and intervention #identification and use of immediate intervention in patients who are time critical #draw on the use of technology to assist with the assessment and decision making process, supporting the student in developing their clinical reasoning and decision-making #structure an assessment on the primary survey and a secondary survey including history taking and physical assessment #prioritise multiple casualties

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PRACTICE-BASED LEARNING 2

This module reviews clinical skills through simulation and the clinical environment. The learning objectives of this module are to: #enable students to consolidate their learning across the year #apply learning to practice

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PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF OUT-OF-HOSPITAL CARE

The module will complement the Foundations in Paramedic Practice module by introducing important themes from sociology and psychology. The ability to use these two fields of science will be related to health and assessment. The wider implications of health policy, public health and health promotion will also be considered. This will be delivered by blended learning using a mixture of flipped lectures, directed reading, lectures and seminars. Group work and Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) will support application to practice. The EBL packages will focus on: #Mental health difficulties - mood disorders; psychosis #Dementia #Learning disabilities and autism #Vulnerable groups - including the homeless. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Exploration of psychosocial aspects of care #Begin to understand person-centered care #Explore the needs and perspectives of service users #Develop skills in teamwork and enquiry-based learning #Develop skills in presentation #Develop confidence in independent and self-directed learning #Self-awareness and resilience

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CURRENT ISSUES IN PARAMEDIC AND PRE-HOSPITAL PRACTICE

This module builds on EBP 1 in Year 1 enabling students to further develop skills of analysis/evaluation of a range of evidence drawn from research, audit, clinical effectiveness and best practice and service improvement initiatives. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Enable students to begin to analyse and evaluate evidence from a range of sources #Develop skills to present a reasoned argument #Further develop service improvement knowledge and skills

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Developing Paramedic Practice

This module is designed to enable the development of clinical decision making through application of a range of evidence supporting clinical reasoning, patient assessment and interventions based on current best practice. The module builds on the Foundations of Paramedic Practice and Practice-based Learning 2 modules and the completion of the requirements for Year 1 of the programme. The learning objectives of this module are to: #review of anatomy and physiology #introduce pharmacology and behavioural sciences with a wider engagement in pathophysiology #enable the student to expand their decision making and knowledge of the referral process

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EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 2

This module builds on EBP 1 in Year 1 enabling students to further develop skills of analysis/evaluation of a range of evidence drawn from research, audit, clinical effectiveness and best practice and service improvement initiatives. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Enable students to begin to analyse and evaluate evidence from a range of sources #Develop skills to present a reasoned argument #Further develop service improvement knowledge and skills

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PRACTICE-BASED LEARNING 3

This module is about developing the student's underpinning knowledge related to critical care presentations and the range of services available to which patients may be admitted or referred when facing life-critical care needs. The learning objectives of this module are to: #develop the practical, theoretical and personal skills necessary for the care of the critically ill patient #analyse specialized investigations and the rationale for ordering special tests and investigations to assist diagnosis and treatment #gain insight into more specialist critical care provision in critical care and trauma services

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

Clinical Assessment, Examination and Decision-Making Skills

This module aims to prepare the student to practice safely and effectively in a First Contact out of hospital setting, using an evidence based approach to the assessment and management of patients/clients requesting assistance with illness or injury. The focus is on the acquisition of the complex skills of patient assessment and diagnosis through history and physical examination, diagnostic tests/ indicators and interpretation of these, followed by formulation of a management plan. The management plan may include the supply of medicines under Patient Group Directions. There will also be an emphasis on development of good consultation and history taking skills to ensure positive outcomes and patient participation in strategies mutally negotiated to restore and promote health. It also addresses working within the student's boundaries of practice including triage and referrals to appropriate practitioners and services using strategies such as SBARD to escalate concerns.

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LEADERSHIP, PRACTICE EDUCATION, TEAMWORK AND TRANSITION INTO PARAMEDIC PRACTICE

Leadership at all levels, together with mentorship and the ability to enable learning of others are crucial to out of hospital care practitioners. These areas have been recognised as traditional gaps in paramedic education and this module seeks to enhance student knowledge, skills and capabilities in these areas as well as enhancing their employability and readiness for their role as imdependent registered practitioners. Completion of this module will enable students to demonstrate leadership skills early in their careers and to become the mentors and educators of future students.

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SERVICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Students will undertake a literature review to provide a rationale for a proposed service improvement/innovation project. Support will be provided through seminars/tutorials and group work.

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SUPPORTED ASSESSED INDEPENDENT LEARNING

SAIL is designed to offer the experience of self-guided and self-paced autonomous learning within a supported reflective framework. By asking you to think about learning as a potentially transformative process, the module will help you to: #Get to know your own disposition as a learner; #Evolve strategies for managing your own learning and motivating yourself; #Become more comfortable with the uncertainty that self-guided learning can generate; #Identify and meet a learning need drawing on a range of available resources; #Exercise initiative, creativity and ownership in your personal learning SAIL will offer formative opportunities for sharing your learning and gaining feedback from module organisers and your fellow students before finishing with a summative assessment workshop which will measure the extent of your engagement with your chosen course and your own development.

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB including Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry with a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including HL 5 in a Science
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry, or 6 subjects at H2 including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3 in a Health or Science subject including 12 Level 3 credits in Science
  • BTEC DDD - see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 70% including a Science at 70% or above

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade C or grade 4 including English Language/Literature and Mathematics. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs).

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Accepted BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (18 unit) subjects:
Applied Science
Applied Science (Medical Science)
Applied Science (Forensic Science) - must include both 'Physiology of Human Body Systems' and 'Physiology of Human Regulation & Reproduction' units.
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Physical Education and Coaching
Health and Social Care - must include the unit 'Physiological Disorders'

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development or Children and Young People's Workforce or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) Not accepted
Science Foundation Year 70%
Foundation Degree in a Science subject 60%
Open University (minimum 60 Credits at Level 1) in a Science subject 55%
Certificate of Higher Education in a Science subject 55%
Diploma of Higher Education in a Science subject 55%
Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry 2:2 (Will accept 2:2 in alternative subject alongside A level B in one of these subjects)
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject including 12 Credits in Science Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3

 

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in all components)

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

Those invited to attend an interview morning or afternoon will be required to undertake a numeracy test and a short written literacy test. The results of these tests do not form part of the selection process but are a requirement of Health Education England and help the University to plan the level of numeracy support we provide to our cohorts. Example test paper.

The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows a multiple mini-interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 5 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. Further information regarding the interview day.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course. 

If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions Service (admissions@uea.ac.uk). 

We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Service can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.

Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an additional satisfactory reference.

Driving Licence Guidance

It would be highly beneficial for applicants to have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1. Although driving is not a requirement for the HCPC, for employment paramedics need to be ‘DVLA category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries). The Secretary of State's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel has recommended that drivers with insulin treated diabetes are specifically excluded from driving emergency vehicles.

For reasons of safety, individuals with certain medical conditions are normally prevented from entering the ambulance environment, whether they are in a student or employee capacity. As such, the presence of certain medical conditions is likely to prevent a student from being successful on the programme, because they will be unable to access placement.

For reasons of preserving safety the DVLA's guidance around the medical conditions that would prevent an individual from possessing Group 2 DVLA clearance (e.g. epilepsy; diabetes; narcolepsy) may be used by the Trust as criteria that will exclude students from accessing placement.

Applicants are advised to review the DVLA's 'Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals' prior to application.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.
  • A Level BBB including Biology with a pass in the practical element, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry with a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 31 points including HL 5 in a Science
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate BBBBBB including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry, or 2 subjects at H2 and 4 subjects at H3 including Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 Credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject including 12 Level 3 credits in Science
  • BTEC DDD - see below for accepted subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 70% including a Science at 70% or above

Entry Requirement

We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 or grade C including English Language/Literature and Mathematics. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs.)

General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.

Accepted BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects:
Applied Science
Applied Science (Medical Science)
Applied Science (Forensic Science) - must include both 'Physiology of Human Body Systems' and 'Physiology of Human Regulation & Reproduction' units.
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Physical Education and Coaching
Health and Social Care - must include the unit 'Physiological Disorders'

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

We are able to accept the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science at grade B or above in place of A-Level Human Biology.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature and Mathematics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject including 12 credits in Science Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3
Bachelor Degree (hons) in Biology, Human Biology, PE, Chemistry or Nursing 2.2 (alternative subjects considered alongside A-level B in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry)
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator) Not accepted
CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level) Not accepted
Certificate of Higher Education in a Science subject 55%
City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health pathway only) Distinction
Diploma of Higher Education in a Science subject

55%

Foundation Degree in a Science subject 60%
Foundation Year in a Science subject 70%
Open University (60 credits) in a Science subject 55%

 

We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English language equivalences here.

Interviews

Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.

The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 7 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of recent study (within the last 5 years) and be able to provide their original qualifications should they be invited to attend an interview.

If a qualification is pending, results will need to be officially verified prior to commencing the course. Successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory Occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure (formerly CRB). Two satisfactory references are also required, one will be submitted on your UCAS application form.

Applicants should have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1. Although driving is not a requirement for the HCPC, for employment paramedics need to be ‘DVLA category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries) and those with insulin treated (type 1) diabetes are specifically excluded from this activity.

Students will be required to travel both to and from their placement area, which may be located anywhere within Norfolk or Suffolk.  The responsibility and funding for this travel rests with the student.  Students are expected to work at a range of times to ensure exposure to the full 24 hour and 7 day week nature of healthcare.  This may include weekends, evening and nights.  The start and finish times of these shifts will prove challenging if the student is dependent on public transport.  For health and safety reasons, where the travel time to the placement area exceeds 45 minutes according to Google maps, the student must make alternative arrangements for local accommodation.  

This course is approved by Health and Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Paramedics.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

 

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

    Next Steps

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