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Faculty of Health Sciences

Paramedic Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B780

What you'll study

We launched this course at the specific request of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to meet a critical shortage of paramedics. So the prospects for graduates are excellent.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Clinical Practice Education 1 (40 credits)

    This module helps to 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 to 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 better communicate and work as a team. You'll also look at the legal and ethical frameworks in which paramedics operate.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 to 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

    This module builds on the content of the first year anatomy and physiology module. You'll examine the pathophysiology of shock, heart failure, myocardial infarction and respiratory failure.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Clinical Practice Education 3 (40 credits)

    This module further develops your core pre-hospital 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 pharmacokinetics 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 a practice area of your choosing, with a view to presenting your work at a conference or even having it published.

"This career path is so rewarding; the first time I saved someone by performing CPR was amazing."

Danny Cooper

More about this course

Learn 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. You'll learn front-line care through a combination of classroom theory, online learning and clinical placements.

  • A 50/50 split between time spent in classes and on mentored clinical placements with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
  • Learn in the superb facilities of our new Health Campus, with its simulated hospital wards and operating theatres.
  • 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Excellent career opportunities across the UK’s NHS trusts.

This course is part of a national drive to produce better-qualified paramedics by making the profession degree-only. On graduation, you'll be eligible for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

17%

83%

Second year

12%

11%

77%

Final year

25%

75%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Allam Medical Building Hull Campus

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Benefit from the award-winning 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 from year one give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Our one-year, part-time programme, the University Certificate in Health Social Care Practice can be taken prior to the BSc if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

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
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Level 4 Associate Ambulance Practitioner qualification is acceptable along with the relevant GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or above.

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.

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 - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.