BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS
  • UCAS Tariff 120
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
*Subject to validation and accreditation
Ambulance

Course Highlights

Study

Paramedicine in North Wales

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
  • Allows learners to incorporate knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them develop effectively from year one where students will be able to demonstrate competence, to year three where students will be able to critically evaluate and synthesise knowledge and apply it to practice.
  • Can improve student’s employability and future employment prospects.
  • In partnership with WAST, includes placements across the whole of North Wales, supported by Practice Educators.

*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 services during placements.
  • The programme has been fully developed with the paramedic professional in mind, benchmarked against the HCPC and College of Paramedics curriculum guidance.
  • Experience a truly integrated interprofessional approach to teaching and learning
  • Learn through Simulation-Based Education (SBE) which facilitates the professional development of individuals and clinical teams and ultimately benefit patients.
  • The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of all healthcare professionals using innovative simulation approaches, modalities and tools. We have invested and been awarded bids amounting to approximately £400,000 from HEIW.
  • 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 the whole of North Wales. Placements will include fundamental care (care home, ward area and hospice), patient assessment areas such as ED, GP surgery and urgent care, critical care, including ITU and HDU, mental health and LD placements, child and family, hear and treat environments such as 111 and emergency ambulance placements.

Theory sessions will be delivered using a variety of learning and teaching methods utilising a blended approach, considering Wrexham Glyndwr University Active Learning Framework, including lectures, problem-based learning, asynchronous discussions, seminars and skills acquisition sessions. Access to virtual learning environments such as Moodle and Safemedicate - a learning package to assist in the development of numeracy skills and medicines management, are integral features of your learning.

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 nurse.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

In year one you will focus on the fundamental 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

  • Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice (40 credits)
  • Assessment and management of the critically ill patient (40 credits)
  • Clinical Skills I (Paramedic skills for patients throughout the lifespan) (40 credits)

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

In year two you will focus on evidence based practice and research, law and ethics, care of the complex patient

MODULES

  • Developing the evidence based practitioner (40 credits)
  • Clinical skills II (Complexities and decision making from cradle to grave) (40 credits)
  • Pharmacology, applied physiology and social science (40 credits)

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

In year three you will focus on research, managing change, empowering patients and the complexities of decision making in paramedic practice.

MODULES

  • Researching and enhancing Paramedic Practice (40 credits)
  • Holistic management of complex patients (40 credits)
  • Leading and managing Paramedic Practice (40 credits)

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

WAST values are integral to our recruitment process. This is reflected in our interview criteria and will need to be reflected in your application to the programme.

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points

Equivalent to A levels BBC or equivalent, BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DMM, Access to HE Diploma along with GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths (or equivalent).

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk for further advice and guidance.

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

Teaching & Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Practice Assessment and clinical portfolio
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Examinations

You will spend 600 hours per year in practice in addition to your time in university.

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.