BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Course details

  • UCAS CodePS22
  • Year of entry 2023
  • Duration 3 YRS
  • UCAS Tariff 112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to validation and accreditation
Ambulance

Course Highlights

Study

Paramedic Science in North Wales and support local services during placements

Developed

in partnership with support from the College of Paramedics in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Supportive

Small student cohorts allow teaching team able to dedicate time to individuals

Why choose this course?

If you want a career on the front line of emergency clinical care, making a difference to people's lives when they need it most, this Paramedic Science degree course is for you.

This course:

  • Is designed around a spiral curriculum, recommended by the College of Paramedics, which allows learners to incorporate knowledge, skills, and behaviors to enable them to develop effectively from year one where students will be able to demonstrate competence, to year three where students will be able to autonomously assess and create holistic treatment plans for service users based on sound decision making and evidence-based practice.
  • Can improve student’s employability and future employment prospects within emergency and urgent healthcare whether on an emergency ambulance or other healthcare setting.
  • In partnership with WAST, includes placements on ambulances responding to emergency and urgent care cases on shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across North Wales, which are supported by Practice Educators. There will also be alternative emergency and urgent healthcare placements throughout the course to expand the learner’s understanding of the wider provision of health and social care in Wales.

*This course is subject to HCPC approval.

Physio & OT students outside

Nursing and Allied Health

Key course features

  • Study Paramedic Science in North Wales and support local service users and services during placements.
  • The programme has been fully developed with the modern Paramedic professional in mind, benchmarked against the Health and Care Professions Council standards and the College of Paramedics curriculum guidance.
  • Experience a truly integrated interprofessional approach to teaching and learning both on-campus and during clinical placements.
  • Learn through Simulation-Based Education (SBE) which allows learner’s to apply theory to practice in realistic settings.
  • Improving equipment and facilities to the University’s Health Education and Innovation Quarter thanks to investment from Health Education and Improvement Wales.
  • The main delivery site for this course is our Wrexham campus. Occasional interprofessional education sessions may be delivered from our St Asaph campus with students from various nursing and allied health courses.

*This course is subject to HCPC approval. 

What you will study

In partnership with WAST, placements will be provided across North Wales on emergency ambulances throughout the programme. Alternative placements will include essential care for example care home and hospital ward areas, patient assessment areas such as Accident and Emergency departments and telemedicine placements within the Emergency Operations Centre and NHS 111.

Theory sessions will be delivered using a variety of learning and teaching methods utilising a blended approach, considering Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Active Learning Framework, including lectures, problem-based learning, asynchronous sessions, seminars, clinical skills and patient scenarios. Self-directed pre- and post-session learning and resources will be available for you to fully comprehend topics covered.

The programme builds in terms of academic level and professional responsibility as it progresses throughout the three years enabling you to become more self-directed in your learning with an emphasis towards the end of your programme on leadership and development as a registered healthcare professional.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

In year one you will focus on thefundamental assessment, communication and clinical skills required to practice as a caring, kind, compassionate professional who values and respects the individual needs of the patient, family, and carers of all ages.

MODULES

  • Introduction to life sciences (core) - Introduce you to the structures and functions of the human body across the lifespan and the effects of disease, illness, injury, and well-being have on normal body functions
  • Fundamentals of professional practice (core) – Allow you to explore the professional standards expected of a paramedic by service users, healthcare professionals and the public guided by legislation and regulatory bodies
  • Foundation paramedic placement (core) - Develop your ability to provide the core care expected of a functioning member of an ambulance crew contributing to the provision of patient-centred emergency and urgent care in the out-of-hospital setting
  • Underpinning paramedic assessment and management (core) – Allows you to gain the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviors required to clinically assess and holistically manage a range of emergency and urgent conditions likely in the out-of-hospital setting
  • Research 1 – learning to learn (core) - Develop the ability to use a full range of resources available to allow completion of both academic and professional studies and to build skills in independent learning and research informed academic writing within inter-professional practice.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

In year two you will build upon your understanding of life sciences and patient assessment and management and explore service users’ individual needs in more detail. You will also further develop your evidence-based-practice and research skills.

MODULES

  • Applied life sciences (core) – You will reflect on practice placement experiences and explore how diseases, illnesses, injuries, and well-being affect anatomy and physiology across the lifespan and the impact they have on normal body function
  • Paramedicine and the community (core) - Discover the variety of service users encountered in the emergency and urgent care setting and how to deliver the most appropriate person-centred care that is adapted to their individual health and well-being needs
  • Developing paramedic placement (core) - Develop appropriate patient-centred care and treatment plans, in collaboration with healthcare professionals, for the variety of service users encountered in the emergency and urgent care setting in a safe and professional manner
  • Expanded paramedic assessment and management (core) - Further develop the assessment and management of service users and conditions encountered in the emergency and urgent care setting with enhanced holistic clinical examination, treatment, and managing skills.
  • Research 2 – evidence in practice (core) - Will enable you to systematically search databases for relevant literature to design a research project. Explore the value of service user involvement in the research process and develop an appreciation of the impact of socio-economic and political influences on research practice.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

In year three you will further reinforce your knowledge, skills and behavior with the aim to become an autonomous registered paramedic with a sound understanding of leadership, decision making and evidence-based practice.  

MODULES

  • Compounding life sciences (core) – You will investigate the impact combinations of chronic and acute diseases, illnesses, injuries and well-being have on the expected functions of the human body and how age, health and treatments can impact service users’ anatomy, physiology and welfare
  • Leaders of paramedic practice (core) – You will analyse and apply a variety of theories and methods of learning, leadership and mentorship involved in being a professional paramedic registrant working alongside service users, colleagues, and the public
  • Autonomy in paramedic placement (core) – You will demonstrate the independence and professionalism expected of a paramedic during the patient-centred care and management of service users within the emergency and urgent care setting. Ensuring appropriate management through alternative care pathways in collaboration with other health care providers where applicable
  • Refining paramedic assessment and management (core) – Refine your knowledge and clinical skills needed to thoroughly assess service users and formulate the most appropriate holistic treatment plans dependent on sound decision making and evidence-based practice
  • Research 3 – evidence in practice (core) - Develop your ability to gather, critique, analyse and present data in an empirical/ literature-based context, appropriate to contemporary practice and appreciation of the value, application and limitations of research evidence in practice

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change. 

Entry requirements & applying

  • 112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent, which should include a science subject.
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), to include English/Welsh language, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above.

112 tariff points can be achieved from:

  • A-Levels – any combination that totals 112 tariff points, for example, grades BBC
  • BTEC- any combination that totals 112, for example, DMM from BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma – any combination of Distinctions, Merits and Pass grades that totals 112

Suitable relevant experience is required. Experience in a care setting and/or experience in customer-facing roles will be particularly beneficial

Wrexham Glyndŵr University encourages applications from applicants with non-traditional qualifications. If you would like advice on whether your personal circumstances would make you a suitable candidate for this programme please get in touch with our admissions team at admissions@glyndwr.ac.uk

Applicants will require an Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health clearance.

Non-native English/Welsh speakers will require IELTS at 6.0 with no band below 5.5 as per standard Wrexham Glyndŵr University English language requirements.

An offer of a place is subject to satisfactory interview criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland) and health check.

Although a driving license and access to the use of a vehicle are not criteria for admission onto the paramedic science programme, students should consider how they will be able to travel to the clinical practice placements that are a requirement of the course. Clinical placements will be throughout all the years of study with external healthcare providers across North Wales. Your term-time address will be considered during the allocation of placements however due to limited capacity and the importance of providing varied placement opportunities the nearest location is not guaranteed. During clinical placement blocks, you will be required to attend shifts like those of your mentors working for services that provide 24-hour care 7 days a week.

Applicants to the BSC (Hons) Paramedic Science degree will need to hold a driving licence or be working towards achieving a driving licence at the time of graduation. Once you have achieved your driving licence we are pleased to inform you that HEIW will provide the funding for your C1 category driving licence test that will allow you to drive the Ambulance vehicles when appropriate. On successful completion of the programme/graduation, HEIW will also fund your Blue Light Training.

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Practice Assessment and clinical portfolio
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Skill and scenario stations

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

In concordance with the Regional Skills and Employment Strategy, this proposed curriculum ably provides key employer skills requirements (Leadership, Self-management, Decision Making and Problem Solving, Team Working, Professionalism, and Influence) and is set to meet the needs of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) within the North Wales region. 

 

Fees & funding

This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme.

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).

 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

Subject to validation and accreditation

Courses shown as “subject to validation and accreditation” are new courses which are in development and the details of these courses are in the process of being finalised through the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. These courses are also in the process of applying for accreditation/recognition by external bodies, known as PSRBs – Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies, which is a separate external approval process with the relevant PSRBs.  

As soon as the programmes are validated and accredited the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation and accreditation’ are approved as expected however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider.