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Faculty of Health Sciences

Paramedic Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B780

What you'll study

Students must pass all modules and spend at least 2,250 hours on placements in order to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Clinical Practice Education 1 (40 credits)

    This module helps introduce and develop the key clinical concepts and skills that build the foundations of paramedic practice. From non technical leadership and communication skills to the practical skills associated with cardiac arrests and trauma, this module will help prepare you for your future career.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics

    This module will develop your functional knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, exploring the concept of homeostasis whilst evolving your understanding of key systems, their interactions and interdependence.

  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

    In this module you're introduced to the concepts and principles of the knowledge on which we base our practice. You'll be discussing research, reviews and guidelines, learning how to assess each to best influence your care for patients.

  • Foundations of Professional Practice

    This module introduces you to the wider social determinants of health and enables you to explore how these affect health and social care policy.A wide range of issues relating to health economics and provisions of healthcare will be discussed.

  • Professional and Contemporary Issues in Paramedic Practice

    Gain a working knowledge and understanding of the professional and non-clinical issues that you will face in practice. Examine the behaviours and attitudes that are expected from paramedics, and how they can produce better communication and teamwork. You'll also look at the legal and ethical frameworks in which paramedics operate.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Clinical Practice Education 2 (40 credits)

    This module aims to build your confidence, evolve theory/practice links and advance dexterous skill towards autonomous paramedic practice. You'll also strengthen your cognitive processes, assuring critical thinking in the development of a robust and resilient pre-hospital care construct.

  • Research Methods

    This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data, and how you can use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

  • Acute Pre-hospital Care

    Further develop your clinical assessment skills, such as a systems based approach to linking anatomical knowledge to practice. This module also draws on previous experiences gained from clinical practice to inform and explore clinical decision making when identifying common pre-hospital presentations.

  • Clinical Assessment and Examination for Paramedics

    Building on your knowledge from the first year, you'll develop your clinical assessment and examination skills. You will assess and examine the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems. 

  • Pathophysiology for Paramedics

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Clinical Practice Education 3 (40 credits)

    This module further develops your core prehospital care principles; refining theory-practice links whilst exploring and critically analysing models of management, leadership and clinical decision-making.

  • Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedics

    Develop your knowledge of applied pharmacology with respect to paramedic practice. The principles of pharmacodynamics and kinetic will be highlighted and pharmacological knowledge will be used to explain drug interactions. You will reflect on your knowledge gained for your individual professional development.

  • Research Project (40 credits)

    Draw together everything you've learned, pick what topic interests you the most and let yourself go! This module is all about you completing a research project based on an area of practice of your choosing, with a view to presenting your work at a conference or even having it published.

"I was the first person in my family to go to university and as a mature student I'm doubly proud to have got a first."

Gemma Ansell

More about this course

Learn the skills needed to treat and stabilise patients at the scene of an accident or emergency in those crucial minutes when your knowledge and ability can be the difference between life and death.

This programme has been launched at the specific request of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to meet a critical local shortage of paramedics so the employment prospects for successful graduates are excellent. You will learn how best to deliver front-line patient care through a combination of classroom theory, online learning and clinical placements with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Students learn to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and continuing professional development is encouraged from the outset. This highly relevant course is part of a national drive to make paramedics better qualified by making it a degree-only profession rather than the historic route in which paramedics worked their way up through the ranks of the ambulance service. All students must ensure they have the ability to reach their placement on the relevant date/time. 

On successful completion of the BSc Paramedic Science programme, you would be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

18%

50%

32%

Second year

21%

50%

29%

Final year

14%

50%

36%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

17%

83%

Second year

12%

11%

77%

Final year

25%

75%

Our teaching staff

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

Find out more

Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

  • 120 Tariff Points from three A levels 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE English, Maths and a science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at grade 4 or C or above, or an agreed alternative (e.g. Certificate of Adult Numeracy at Level 2), are mandatory. 
  • It is the students responsibility to ensure they have the ability to reach their placement on the relevant date/time
  • Applicants must have an understanding of the role of the paramedic
  • Must have reached the age of 18 by the start of the programme

Alternative qualifications 

  • 128 Tariff Points from BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • 120 Tariff Points from BTEC National Diploma - plus an A Level 
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in a health related subject - minimum of 30 credits at Level 3, all at distinction grade
  • University of Hull Certificate in Practice Skills for Health and Social Care (60 credits at Level 4 in appropriate subjects)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care plus an A level, minimum of grade B
  • Level 4 Diploma for Associated Ambulance Practitioners

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

 

Future Prospects

Employment prospects are excellent as the programme has been designed to meet a critical local shortage of paramedics at the specific request of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an essential requirement for anyone wanting to work as a paramedic in the UK.