BSc Paramedic Science


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Degree of Bachelor of Science



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Key facts

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"It's not all about saving lives, it's also about making a difference, no matter how small."

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Study for a degree in Paramedic Science and take your first steps towards a career where you can make a real difference when it’s needed most. Not for the faint-hearted, you’ll be tackling difficult and demanding situations, where you’ll have to think on your feet and make informed decisions, fast.
Our three-year Paramedic Science degree offers a contemporary and holistic approach to paramedic education. Both challenging and exciting, it will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to assess, treat, diagnose, supply and administer medicines to, manage, discharge and refer patients in urgent, emergency, critical and non-hospital settings. In short, it will give you a flying start in this fast-paced profession.

Overview

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.

To excel as a paramedic, you will need to be a highly inquisitive, diplomatic and person-centred individual with an eye for detail and a thirst for knowledge.

Our three-year BSc in Paramedic Science is the very first in the UK to enable students to qualify with a nationally recognised qualification in Advanced Life Support, as accredited by the Resuscitation Council UK. Designed and delivered in line with College of Paramedics curriculum guidance framework, it will provide you with a contemporary and complete paramedic education. Year-on-year, you’ll build on your skills, knowledge and experience, developing a solid foundation for your paramedic career. You’ll explore real human anatomy in our anatomy suite. And you’ll work side-by-side with other students and healthcare professionals, giving you 360° insight into everyone’s roles.

Throughout the course you’ll complete placements on ambulances, hospital wards, specialist units and general practice, so you can put the theory into practice. And you’ll be able to shape the course to fit your own skillset with an elective placement in your final year.

Highlights of Paramedic Science at UEA

  • Be a part of the first UK Paramedic Science programme to offer students the opportunity to qualify with a nationally recognised qualification in Advanced Life Support accredited by the Resuscitation Council UK
  • Make the course your own by planning an elective placement (a self-funded four-week placement abroad)
  • Develop expertise working alongside fellow healthcare professionals, plus agencies including the fire and rescue service and the police
  • Explore real human anatomy linked to clinical practice in our anatomy suite
  • Become valued member of and contributor to the #UEAParamedic community

As part of our recruitment process we’ll explore the values of the NHS Constitution at interview, with successful candidates being able to demonstrate how these are reflected in their own beliefs.

Course Structure

During your Paramedic Science degree you’ll take modules focusing on core themes such as communication, psychological and sociological complexity in practice, critical care, and leadership, as well as anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

Throughout the programme you’ll undertake clinical placements to contextualise your learning and put the theory into practice. And – year-on-year – you’ll develop your knowledge, skills and experience, enhancing your understanding of how the various concepts integrate. You’ll gain a solid foundation on which to build a balanced approach to practice, and a successful career as a paramedic.

Our team of educators includes paramedics, nurse specialists and medical doctors. We are totally committed to and passionate about the work we do, and we have the knowledge, skills and experience to maximise your potential as a paramedic of the future.

Teaching and Learning

We use a range of teaching methods, including lectures and seminars delivered by expert academics and clinical educators, and ‘flipped’ lectures, which take place online, and allow you to discuss and debate pressing issues with our academic team. You’ll learn essential clinical skills and techniques in practical workshops, underpinned by academic study. You’ll then learn to apply the theory to patient scenarios in enquiry-based learning sessions.

You’ll build on your expertise with clinical placements where you can really get to grips with the theory in practice, developing the professionalism, values and behaviours essential to being a safe, respected and trustworthy paramedic.

Assessment

Your progress will be assessed on a regular basis throughout the course, ensuring your learning and development are on track. We have a range of assessment methods, all of which are designed to support your learning, while preparing you for your future as a paramedic.

There will of course be essays and exams, but you’ll also put together portfolios of your own evidence, demonstrating your skills in simulation-based assessments.

Study abroad or Placement Year

You have the option to enhance your studies by taking an elective, self-funded two- to four-week placement anywhere in the world in your final year. Your placement can take the form you choose, and will enable you to adapt the course to your own interests and strengths.

After the course

Our degree programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Which means that once you successfully graduate you’ll be entitled to register as a paramedic.

Registered and qualified paramedics are currently very much in demand nationally, with many ambulance trusts actively recruiting graduates. A number of ambulance service trusts have already shown a keen interest in coming to meet UEA Paramedic Science students to offer opportunities for future employment. However you could also specialise in critical, urgent or primary care, or focus on non-clinical settings. You could work in an emergency department, the private sector, a walk-in centre, or a GP practice. Or you could even continue in higher education as a lecturer or clinical researcher.

Career destinations

Although most graduates go on to work in the ambulance services, as a paramedic graduate you’ll also be sought after in a number of clinical areas. For example:

  • Primary care
  • Emergency departments
  • Education
  • Private ambulance services
  • Prisons
  • Off-shore platforms

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated on our Fees and finance webpages.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

COMMUNICATION, EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

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40

FOUNDATIONS OF PARAMEDIC PRACTICE (FPP)

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40

PSYCHOSOCIAL COMPLEXITY IN PRACTICE 1 (PCP1)

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40

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

CRITICAL CARE FOR PARAMEDICS (CPP)

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40

DEVELOPING PARAMEDIC PRACTICE (DPP)

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40

PSYCHOSOCIAL COMPLEXITY IN PRACTICE 2 (PCP2)

Following on from PCP1 this module explores elements of healthcare sociology and psychology and how they relate to contemporary paramedic practice. Through active engagement with service users in clinical simulation and seminars this module explores complex patients as individuals, focusing on enhancing inclusion and access to healthcare. Students will explore dilemmas and challenges including social attitudes, how services are funded, organised and delivered and how this impacts on the role of the paramedic in practice.

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Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ENHANCED PARAMEDIC PRACTICE (EPP)

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30

LEADERSHIP FOR PARAMEDICS (LFP)

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30

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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30

SUPPORTED ASSESSED INDEPENDENT LEARNING (SAIL)

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30

Important Information

The University makes every effort to ensure that the information within its course finder is accurate and up-to-date. Occasionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, informing students and will also keep prospective students informed appropriately by updating our course information within our course finder.

In light of the current situation relating to Covid-19, we are in the process of reviewing all courses for 2020 entry with adjustments to course information being made where required to ensure the safety of students and staff, and to meet government guidance.

Further Reading

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB/ABC or BBC with an A in the Extended Project, including grade B in A level Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • International Baccalaureate 31 with HL 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • Scottish Highers AABBB including grade A in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2 and 4 subjects at H3, including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • Access Course Pass with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry
  • BTEC DDM – see below for accepted Extended Diploma subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 70% including Biology or Chemistry at 70% or above

Entry Requirement

Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.

Accepted BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical 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.
Forensic and Criminal Investigation - must include both 'Physiology of Human Body Systems' and 'Forensic Genetics' units.
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport and Physical Activity
Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Physical Education and Coaching
Health and Social Care - must include either 'Physiological Disorders' or 'The Impact of Long-term Physiological Conditions', plus 'Nutritional Health' or 'Nutrition for Health'.

If you’re studying one or more of the subjects above but not as an Extended Diploma, in combination with other subjects/qualifications, please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire about acceptability.

We’d also encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Bachelor Degree (hons) in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry (alternative subjects considered alongside A level B in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry)

2.2

Certificate of Higher Education in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

55% with BBC at A level

Diploma of Higher Education in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

55%

Foundation Degree in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

55% with BBC at A level

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

60% with BBC at A level

Open University (60 credits) in Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry

60%

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

Grade B or above accepted in lieu of A level Biology/Chemistry/PE only

 

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher level. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, CACHE Level 3 Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diplomas, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

We’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

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 reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. You can find further information about the interview process here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

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. If you’re planning to apply with deferred entry, you are advised to indicate your reason for this on your UCAS application.

Special Entry Requirements

We’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

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

Driving Licence Guidance

It would be beneficial for you to have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1. Driving is not a requirement for the HCPC or for the course, however for employment paramedics need to be ‘DVLA Category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries).  

Prior to starting the course, you are advised to review the DVLA’s ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals’ if you have a long term medical condition. This guidance may be used as criteria for student acceptance into the practice placement setting for reasons of preserving safety. A student would be reviewed on an individual basis, in relation to the long term management of the condition. 

We want you to succeed, and we’ll only consider making you an offer if we believe that you’ll have the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification.

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk with any questions or if you need any further information.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and we are looking to extend our endorsement by the College of Paramedics.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4, including Mathematics and English Language.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants.
  • A Level ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project, including A Level Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE. Science A Levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points with HL 5 in Biology, Chemistry or Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • Scottish Highers AAABB including grade A in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2 and 3 subjects at H3, including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or PE
  • Access Course Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3 in a Health, Care or Science subject, including 12 Level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry
  • BTEC DDM – see below for accepted Extended Diploma subjects
  • European Baccalaureate 75% including Biology or Chemistry at grade 7 or above

Entry Requirement

Accepted BTEC/OCR Cambridge Technical 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.
Forensic and Criminal Investigation - must include both 'Physiology of Human Body Systems' and 'Forensic Genetics' units.
Sport and Exercise Science
Sport and Physical Activity
Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Sport (Performance and Excellence)
Physical Education and Coaching
Health and Social Care - must include either 'Physiological Disorders' with minimum grade D or 'The Impact of Long-term Physiological Conditions' with minimum grade D, plus 'Nutritional Health' or 'Nutrition for Health'.

If you’re studying one or more of the subjects above but not as an Extended Diploma, in combination with other subjects/qualifications, please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire about acceptability.

We’d also encourage an application if you hold or are working towards one of the following qualifications:

Bachelor Degree (hons) in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry (alternative subjects considered alongside grade B in A Level Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry)

2.1, or 2.2 with BBB at A Level

Certificate of Higher Education in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

60% with BBB at A Level

Diploma of Higher Education in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

60%

Foundation Degree in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

60%

Foundation Year of an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university, in Biology, Human Biology, PE or Chemistry

65% with BBB at A Level

Open University (60 credits) in Biology, Human Biology, or Chemistry

60%

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science

Grade B or above accepted in lieu of A Level Biology/Chemistry/PE only

 

At UEA we recognise that some students take a mixture of qualifications. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you would like to check whether any particular combination of qualifications would be suitable for entry onto this degree programme.

Please note that we do not consider A Levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking, CACHE Level 3 Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diplomas, Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) to meet the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study.

We’ll be unable to consider you for this course if you’ve obtained an academic fail from a previous health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.

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 reading, writing, speaking and listening):

IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications to meet this requirement. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

Interviews

The strongest applicants will be invited to interview. Please note that meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements will not guarantee that you will be selected for interview.

The interviews will explore a range of issues, including your suitability for the profession and the NHS values (as reflected in the NHS constitution). We’ll look to consider your motivation to study this course, as well as whether you have a clear understanding of the profession (ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care), and an interest in people. Please visit the UEA Health Sciences page for further information about gaining relevant experience.

Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. The exact interview process for entry in 2021 has not yet been confirmed, but you can find further information about the current interview process for undergraduate programmes in the School of Health Sciences here:

School of Health Sciences - Interviews

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. If you intend to apply with deferred entry, please let us know about your gap year plans in your UCAS application.

Special Entry Requirements

To ensure that you’re equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous programme, we’d prefer you to be able to demonstrate evidence of recent academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years please email admissions@uea.ac.uk to enquire further. 

Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two satisfactory references.

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

Driving Licence Guidance

It would be beneficial for you to have a full clean driving licence with provisional C1. Driving is not a requirement for the HCPC, however for employment paramedics need to be ‘DVLA category 2 cleared’ (buses and lorries). 

For reasons of preserving safety, the DVLA’s guidance around the medical conditions that might prevent an individual from possessing Group 1 or Group 2 DVLA clearance (e.g. epilepsy; diabetes; narcolepsy) may be used by the Trust as criteria that will exclude students from accessing placement. As such, the presence of certain medical conditions may prevent a student from being successful on the programme.  Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk if you have any questions about this. 

You’re advised to review the DVLA’s ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive: A Guide for Medical Professionals’ prior to starting.

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

If necessary, the Admissions Service will be happy to provide you with advice on further study that might help you to make a future application to the course. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk with any questions or if you need any further information.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

Alongside the qualifications listed above, you’ll need to hold or be working towards 5 GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4, including Mathematics and English Language.

Course Open To

UK applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU 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. 

You can find all of the Undergraduate Scholarships offered at UEA here, including information about 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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

    Next Steps

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