University of Plymouth

Paramedic Science University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Being a paramedic is a highly rewarding and stimulating career, with many opportunities to specialise. You will be working in unpredictable and challenging healthcare environments; as such, you will learn how to be dynamic with your decision-making, aptitude and application of skills.

Experience placements in various clinical settings, such as the ambulance service, emergency departments, GP practices, mental health, and cardiology for example.

• Access our fully equipped clinical skills suites, online resources, excellent library and IT facilities.
• Benefit from our experienced teaching team's range of academic and clinical areas of special interest and research.
• Study a curriculum focussing on quality patient management.
• Embrace innovative ways to avoid unnecessary admissions of patients to Emergency Departments following the Right Care at the Right Time in the Right Place
by the
Right Person initiatives.
• Develop leadership and management skills.
• Learn on a programme that has service user and carer involvement at its core.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you'll develop a knowledge base for working in emergency health in the community, learning safe practice, patient assessment and management skills, professional issues, communication abilities and response to major incidents. You will complete 485 hours of clinical placement time around the South West. In your second year, you'll learn how to improve decision-making skills, increase understanding of altered anatomy and physiology, pharmacological and medical, trauma and cardiac cases, obstetric, paediatric, and elderly groups for advanced clinical skills of patient management. Complete 485 hours of clinical placement time around the South West. In your final year you will develop further knowledge of clinical decision making involving advanced professional issues relating to healthcare practice; gain opportunities to expand your clinical effectiveness by refining your clinical skills, with the incorporation of minor illness and minor injury management; engage in a research project; and prepare for professional practice. An elective component in practice also enables you to explore specialist areas. You’ll complete 485 hours of clinical placement time around the South West. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

56% of assessment is by exam, 44% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Paramedics, College of

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B784
Institution code P60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 128 points including Biology/Human Biology/Applied Science/Chemistry/Physics
Excluding General Studies.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications
A level ABB Including Biology/Human Biology/Applied Science/Chemistry/Physics
Excluding General Studies
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Must be science related
Access to HE Diploma Pass 45 at Level 3 to include 30 at Distinction of which 15 must be in Biology or 15 in Chemistry. Remainder to be at Merit or above.

Must also have GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4
Scottish Higher Considered in combination with Advanced Highers. English, Maths and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent
AS Considered at confirmation
Extended Project Considered at confirmation
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include 5 at HL Biology or Chemistry or Physics
English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 To include Biology/Human Biology/Chemistry/Physics

English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered at confirmation
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 128 Points to include 2 Advanced Highers to include Biology or Chemistry or Physics

English, Maths and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) considered at confirmation

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications. Functional Skills Level 2 Numeracy may be considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 With 6.5 in each element

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth
PL4 8AA


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