Can you stay clear-headed under pressure? Do you want a job where every day is different? Do you want to help others in their most vulnerable moments? Our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme can lead you towards a fulfilling and meaningful role. With this course you’ll learn the skills and knowledge you need to become a frontline healthcare professional, making a difference for patients who require urgent emergency care. Throughout your time on the course you will be supported by experienced tutors and lecturers. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete placements in supervised urgent and emergency care settings. Why study this subject? Paramedic practice continues to develop, with significant changes seen in recent years leading to paramedics working in a range of clinical settings; providing evidence-based care to patients within our communities. Studying for a Paramedic Science degree with us will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to be an effective paramedic in a time when the demand in this profession has never been higher. The demand for paramedics has never been higher for the UK Ambulance Services which is why it’s such an important time to consider this challenging yet fulfilling career. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? The learning you’ll receive at BNU is special because we combine academic theory, simulated patient care and practice-based experience to make sure you’re fully prepared to step into this incredibly important sector. We work with clinical partners like the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust to offer you unique learning experiences that will develop your confidence and show you what being a paramedic is really like. What’s more, because we give our students the opportunity to delve into the practical world of healthcare, you’ll understand exactly how to provide the best support for a broad range of illnesses and injuries in urgent, emergency and unscheduled care settings. Throughout the course you’ll be supported by our dedicated and specialist staff who will help you to develop and apply diagnostic skills and evidence-based interventions in a range of healthcare situations. You’ll develop a solid knowledge and understanding of the core concepts underpinning urgent and emergency healthcare which means you'll be confident to practice as a registered paramedic by the time you graduate. You’ll complete a placement in a supervised urgent and emergency care setting each year in which time you’ll be provided with a practice educator and link lecturer to make sure you’re well supported at all times. Placements are an excellent way to network, learn from industry professionals and find out first-hand what the job of a paramedic is really like. As a student on our BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme, you'll have access to our incredible state-of-the-art simulation labs at both the High Wycombe and Uxbridge campuses. Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies in a safe and supportive environment. We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, often gorily realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions. Many of our graduates go on to work with an ambulance service in the public or private sector but there are also increasing opportunities to work elsewhere in health and social care. A training grant of £5000 per year is available for eligible students. You can find out more through the NHS Business Services Authority.
Year one Academic Skills and Evidence-Based Practice Critical Thinking and Philosophy Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Social Health and Behavioural Science Fundamental Urgent and Emergency Care Year two Applied Anatomy and Physiology Medical Emergencies, Trauma and Resuscitation Research Methods for Clinical Practice Applied Urgent and Emergency Care Year three Pharmacology for Paramedic Practice Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Paramedic Practice Contemporary Paramedic Practice Dissertation
Teaching and learning will take a blended approach with students having theory-based tasks to complete in advance of practical sessions or tutor-led discussions. This is a challenging course, and the team will make available a wide range of resources to ensure students are successful. Your learning will always be applied to clinical practice whether in the form of a simulation or scenario, research activity, student presentation or case study. Practice-based education is a critical component and will allow you to hone your clinical knowledge and practical skills when treating actual patients. Assessments are varied and will include written submissions, presentations, examinations and practical assessments. You'll learn and be assessed on important patient-facing skills like communication, professionalism, clinical knowledge and practical skills. We'll assess your decision-making and reasoning abilities too so you can justify what you did, or why you want to carry out a particular patient intervention. Throughout the course you'll work on a personal e-portfolio which will demonstrate your competencies in clinical practice. In each year of study, we'll look to see that you've been able to evidence the core capabilities required to progress through the course and to identify areas where we can support your learning further. Your e-portfolio is entirely owned and driven by you and should be something you'd happily share with a prospective employer to better evidence your learning and readiness for practice.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2022.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international
A full UK driving licence is strongly recommended to allow students to operate a vehicle to attend practice placements. Whilst public transport is possible for some locations, this cannot be guaranteed.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships