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Undergraduate

BSc Paramedic Science

We launched this degree at the specific request of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to meet a critical shortage of paramedics.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

B780

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Start date

Course overview

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.

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.

Six reasons to study Paramedic Science at Hull

  1. Learn in the award-winning Allam Medical Building*
  2. Clinical placements right from your first year
  3. Health and Care Professions Council approved
  4. Graduates can register as paramedics with HCPC
  5. 50/50 split between classes and placements
  6. Excellent job prospects with NHS ambulance trusts

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Core

    Clinical Practice Education 1 (40 credits)

    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

    Develop your knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, exploring homeostasis whilst evolving your understanding of key systems, their interactions and interdependence.

    Introduction to Evidence-Based 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

    Explore the wider social determinants of health and how these affect health and social care policy. Issues relating to health economics and provisions of healthcare will be discussed.

    Professional and Contemporary Issues in Paramedic Practice

    Examine the behaviours and attitudes that are expected from paramedics and how they can better communicate and work as a team.

Second year modules

  • Core

    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. 

    Research Methods (Health)

    To provide evidence-based care, you'll gain an understanding of the principles of research and how to apply the findings of quality research in the practice setting. 

    Acute Pre-Hospital Care

    This module 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

    Developing your clinical assessment and examination skills, you'll assess and examine the cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems. 

    Pathophysiology for Paramedics

    You'll examine the pathophysiology of shock, heart failure, myocardial infarction and respiratory failure.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Clinical Practice Education 3 (40 credits)

    Develop 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. 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 complete a research project based on a practice area of your choosing.

    Management of the Critically Ill Patient

    This module will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to care and manage critically ill patients. 

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

How you'll study

To meet HCPC requirements, this is a full-time 3 year programme. This is organised over 45 scheduled weeks of study and three trimesters per year, with additional time scheduled for assessment and holidays.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice, in line with the College of Paramedic recommendations. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building and placement learning is integral to this programme.

Approximately half of the practice time will be spent with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The remaining time is spent in a range of health and social care environments including anaesthetics, midwifery, nursing homes, critical care, mental health providers, acute medicine and paediatrics.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by paramedic academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice, in line with the College of Paramedic recommendations. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building and placement learning is integral to this programme.

Approximately half of the practice time will be spent with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The remaining time is spent in a range of health and social care environments including anaesthetics, midwifery, nursing homes, critical care, mental health providers, acute medicine and paediatrics.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by paramedic academics, practice educators and mentors.

Overall workload

50%

Theory

50%

Practice

Indicative assessment proportions

Your time is split 50/50 between theory and practice, in line with the College of Paramedic recommendations. Simulated practice in our fully equipped Allam Medical Building and placement learning is integral to this programme.

Approximately half of the practice time will be spent with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. The remaining time is spent in a range of health and social care environments including anaesthetics, midwifery, nursing homes, critical care, mental health providers, acute medicine and paediatrics.

When allocated a placement, you’ll be expected to work a variety of shifts to experience 24/7 care.

Theory sessions take place at the University and include lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning, self-directed study and simulation.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be fully supported by paramedic academics, practice educators and mentors.

Danny Cooper Paramedic Science

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

Entry requirements

120 Tariff Points from three A levels 

  • 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)
  • 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.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£17,200 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Paramedic

By the end of your course, you’ll be ready to undertake the responsibilities of a health practitioner.

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions overseas, in private practice, in the social services, the pharmaceutical industry, the armed forces or the prison service.

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*The Allam Medical Building won the 'Buildings That Inspire' category in The Guardian’s University Awards 2018