Paramedic Science with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£9,250 for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

If you'd still like to apply for September 2018, take a look at some of our other available courses.

Join the largest regional provider of qualified staff to the NHS for health and social services.

Paramedics are highly competent health care professionals who work in a fast-paced environment to provide urgent and emergency care across a range of challenging situations. This BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science with a Foundation Year course will develop your clinical skills and practice, needed for your future career as a paramedic.

Tailor your Health and Life Sciences Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health and Life Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Social Work – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

What's covered in the course?

To be a modern paramedic, you must overcome challenges, show initiative, demonstrate critically adaptive thinking, excellent communication skills and medical knowledge as the first point of contact in care provision for patients in stressful situations.

Becoming a professional modern paramedic you need to be able to think critically, react appropriately in challenging and stressful situations, have effective communication skills and also have the knowledge and skills to deliver health care across the life span. You need to be able to do all of this whilst demonstrating empathy and care towards your patients and ensure your values and professional behaviour meet those required of HCPC to become a modern paramedic.

You will also become an effective member of the paramedic profession by developing your medical and healthcare knowledge as well as clinical decision making skills and focusing on high quality patient centred health care. This will prepare you with the many possible career opportunities for the modern paramedic across settings such as clinical practice, education or research settings.

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course!
  • Brand new £41 million extended campus
  • Benefit from our clinical partnerships, such as the NHS
  • High graduate employability rate
  • Built-in work placement
  • You will work alongside HCPC Paramedics
  • Learn though a variety of teaching approaches
  • Online learning technology available 24 hours a day

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Open Days

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This course is not open to International students

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards.

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include mathematics, English language and Science (or equivalent).

If you do not already have the required GCSEs, (or their equivalent) for entry onto this course, and are not registered to take them, visit Equivalency Testing for further information.

88 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
GCE A Level/ AS Level 88 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science at Grade C.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall in a health related pathway, also including GCSE English Language and Maths equivalence if not hold separately.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DD in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMM in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 88 UCAS tariff points from 5 Highers, must include Health, Social or Science related subjects
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 88 UCAS tariff points from 5 Advanced Highers.
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

This course is now full for 2018/19. You can apply for 2019/20 via UCAS from September 2018.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

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Year One

Academic Skills for Success
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
Negotiated Study
Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
Introduction to Human Biology
Health and Well-being in Society

Year Two

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science is based upon the fundamental belief that the process of learning will be most effective if it is student centred and that you develop an enthusiasm for learning and actively engage in the learning community.

In addition to your learning you will be required to achieve a minimum of 2250 practice based hours to complete your learning.

Community Based Practice
20 credits

This module is designed to allow you to explore how biopsychosocial models and determinants of health, including the factors that influence social differences, needs and inequality, impact on an individual in health and illness.  This will enable you to explore these issues in relation to the role of the paramedic and enable you to apply these in context to promote compassionate, effective care in the clinical practice setting.

In this module you will develop an understanding of the physical, social and psychological factors relating to the care and management of special patient groups with a specific focus on mental health, the older adult and end of life (EOL) care in the community. You will gain an awareness of the influence which policy and governmental drivers can have on the delivery of care for patients and develop a holistic approach to the assessment of patients as a partner in the care process using an evidence based approach.

 Underpinning this is the development of the knowledge and skills of history taking in assessing patients’ health status; knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology and aetiology to the process of health assessment specific to the older adult, EOL and mental health patient.

 The programme is delivered in block weeks of study interspersed with block weeks of clinical practice placements allowing you to implement your theory into practice through immersive learning.

 A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, action learning, problem based learning, individual and group tutorials, directed and self-directed study.

A thematic approach to learning will allow the integration of different subject areas with the concept of caring for patients. This will be supported by use of the Faculty’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / Moodle.

Developing Clinical Practice
20 credits

Forming part of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Paramedic Science, this module is intended to further develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required for paramedic practice at level 4, and allow you to work towards achieving the competencies outlined by the College of Paramedics’ Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of proficiency: Paramedics. Furthermore, this module brings together the knowledge learnt in other level 4 modules allowing for subject knowledge to be applied in practice.

The Clinical Practice modules at Birmingham City University are based on the core values of pursuing excellence, interdisciplinary, employability and are practice-led in a professional environment. Furthermore, they directly embody the programme philosophy and aims. Through a work based learning style approach this module credits the learning of clinical and non-technical skills while on the first year of placements and ultimately developing you towards an “industry ready” practitioner.

In this module you will be given a level 4 Practice Assessment Portfolio which includes clinical competencies to complete whilst in university and placement. You will liaise with your academic tutors and clinical mentors to ensure signing for skill competency and completion. Placement practice is an essential part of making you career and industry ready. It is imperative that you conduct yourself professionally at all times when applying yourself to placements and it is expected that you attend clinical placements that have been arranged. Each year you should accrue around 750 hours of placement exposure totalling a minimum of 2250 after the three years. It is imperative that you strive to achieve this level of exposure to help develop your competency and moreover to register as a Paramedic on completion. As a Paramedic student you are responsible for acting within your scope of practice as well as adhering to the HCPC’s Guidance on conduct and ethics for students (2012). Should you fail to meet the expectations required then your fitness to practice may be called into question and may jeopardise your place on the course.

The portfolio assessment for this module will include completing all your clinical competencies, one of which will be a numeracy competency paper as well as a 1500 word reflective activity. The reflective activity will require you to self-evaluate your performance and professional development with reference your portfolio and an element of your practice. This will allow you to demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses in your abilities to identify learning needs, research content and present future learning by reading related educational texts. These activities will be discussed further in the assessment brief. The successful completion of this module will lead towards gaining the full 120 credits needed at level 4 and will lay the foundations for your practice and aid you in your transition into level 5 and the year 2 Clinical Practice module.

Foundation of Paramedic Practice
20 credits

The module focuses upon the principles and responsibilities that underpin fundamental safe practice for the paramedic.

You will gain the underpinning evidence base to identify and demonstrate safe professional practice in the clinical setting as you are introduced to direct and indirect factors that influence patient care delivery. You will consider the impact of these and explore how relationships between health care professionals and patients/carers can be enhanced through effective communication strategies to achieve desirable and agreeable outcomes.

This module will enable you to undertake dynamic risk assessment of incidents occurring in the clinical practice environment and become familiar with strategies to manage identified hazards.

You will learn to recognise risk and developing appropriate techniques to remove, overcome or mitigate danger to the responding individual, patients, colleagues and bystanders within the working environment.

This module will prepare you for operational practice as you study the principles of your own and patient safety within professional, legal and ethical boundaries.

Many aspects of patient safety will be covered within this module with regards to environmental and human variables with a view to improving paramedic, patient and others safety and monitoring the quality of care given.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, simulation and skills, action learning, problem based learning, individual and group tutorials, directed and self-directed study.  Where appropriate sessions will be supported in the planning and delivery by the faculty Centre of Excellence in Posture, Movement & Handling team.

A thematic approach to learning will allow the integration of different subject areas with the concept of caring for patients.

This will be supported by use of the Faculty’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / Moodle.

Introduction to Bioscience
20 credits

A sound understanding of applied human physiology, organic chemistry and pharmacology is essential for developing a high standard of patient care in clinical practice and thus an important part of the your role as a future registered Paramedic.

The Introduction to Bioscience module by nature of its content enables interdisciplinary learning and these opportunities will maximised within this module wherever possible; thus allowing you to start to gain a greater understanding of other disciplines within the heath care sector.  This inter-professional learning will continue throughout your programme in many other ways and across other modules.  The module will provide you with a solid foundation in the function and mechanisms of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and scientific principles which will underpin your future career or further study.

A working knowledge and understanding of bioscience at the beginning of the programme is essential in providing the basis for future learning in clinical practice and providing holistic, patient centred care. The module seeks to provide you with this essential knowledge and will encourage you to explore and develop your understanding. It will enable you to better apply clinical theory to your practice and to develop your skills as a practitioner.

The module links theory to practice throughout using clinical examples to import the significance and relevance of the topics covered. Starting with the basic fundamentals of organic chemistry and building up to organ systems, the module will enable you to explore the physiological and scientific principles across the life span. Additionally, the module will enable you to explore the principles of pharmacology which will provide a solid basis for more detailed pharmacological exploration during the Applied Biosciences module you will undertake at level 5 of your studies.

The Introduction to Bioscience module will have its own Moodle page which you will have access to. This page will contain resources that are specific to the module such as lecture notes; supporting materials; assessment details and important notices. It is important that you access the site regularly as part of your learning will be to undertake weekly preparatory activities for each session followed by attempting short quizzes to help with your learning.

Introduction to Professional Development and Responsibilities
20 credits

This module focuses upon the basic principles and responsibilities that underpin your practice as an aspiring professional registrant with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will introduce you to some of the topics that underpin care within the National Health Service (NHS).

On completion of this module you will have developed the reflective and academic skills required to begin identifying and addressing your personal and professional development needs. It is an expectation that as a student on Health Care Programme, you will have an understanding of evidence based learning and be able to apply these principles to your practice. The concept of evidence based practice will be introduced within this module and its application will be discussed in relation to the other modules in the programme.

The Introduction to Professional Development and Responsibilities module by nature of its content encourages interdisciplinary learning and these opportunities will maximised within this module wherever possible; thus allowing you to start to gain a greater understanding of other disciplines within the heath care sector.  This inter-professional learning will continue throughout your programme in many other ways and across other modules.

A variety of learning methods will be used in this module including, generic lead lecturers and smaller lectures which will be programme specific. The core elements of this module will be delivered by using small groups (Action Learning Sets (ALS)), in which you will be encouraged to set your own learning target(s) to meet the learning outcomes for this module. This module supports the overall philosophy of the programme by encouraging and supporting you to become a self-directed and reflective learner using the paramedic practice evidence base.

Preparation for Clinical Practice
20 credits

The module will prepare you as a novice clinician to participate safely and effectively in clinical care and to support the paramedic in the pre-hospital environment. You will develop basic knowledge and skills related to managing ‘out of hospital’ patient care through evidence based assessment and treatment techniques. The module will provide you with a solid foundation for obtaining diagnostic information, making clinical and ethical decisions, initiating timely treatment, documenting and communicating information effectively.

This module alongside the ‘Foundations for Paramedic Practice module’ is designed to allow you to work effectively as a student within the pre-hospital setting as an assistance practitioner. You will learn about a range a wide range of common presentations found in the pre-hospital environment enabling you to begin to engage in patient care within the placement environment; this knowledge will then be built upon within level 5 and 6 of the programme.

A thematic approach to learning will allow the integration of different subject areas with the concept of caring for patients. Skills taught within this module will directly link with your Developing Clinical Practice module.

A variety of teaching and learning methods  will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, simulation and skills, action learning, problem based learning, group tutorials, directed and self-directed study. This module will be supported by use of the Faculty’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / Moodle.

Year Three

Advancing Clinical Practice
20 credits

Forming part of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Paramedic Science, this level 5 module is intended to build on further from the fundamental knowledge and skills learnt at level 4 and allows you to work towards achieving further competencies outlined by the College of Paramedics’ Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of proficiency: Paramedics. Furthermore, this module brings together the knowledge learnt in other level 5 modules allowing for subject knowledge to be applied in practice.

The Clinical Practice modules at Birmingham City University are based on the core values of pursuing excellence, interdisciplinary, employability and are practice-led in a professional environment. Furthermore, they directly embody the programme philosophy and aims. Through a work based learning style approach this module credits the learning of clinical and non-technical skills while on the second year of placements and ultimately developing you towards an “industry ready” safe and effective practitioner.

In this module you will be given a level 5 Practice Assessment Portfolio which includes clinical competencies to complete whilst in university and placement. You will liaise with your academic tutors and clinical mentors to ensure signing for skill competency and completion. Placement practice is an essential part of making you career and industry ready. It is imperative that you conduct yourself professionally at all times when applying yourself to placements and it is expected that you attend clinical placements that have been arranged. Each year you should accrue around 750 hours of placement exposure totalling a minimum of 2250 after the three years.

By the end of this module you should have achieved around 1500 hours in total having completed 750 each year. It is imperative that you strive to achieve this level of exposure to help develop your competency and moreover to register as a Paramedic on completion. As a Paramedic student you are responsible for acting within your scope of practice as well as adhering to the HCPC’s Guidance on conduct and ethics for students (2012). Should you fail to meet the expectations required then your fitness to practice may be called into question and may jeopardise your place on the course.

The portfolio assessment for this module will include completing all your clinical competencies, one of which will be a numeracy competency paper as well as a 1500 word reflective activity. The reflective activity will require you to self-evaluate your performance and professional development with reference your portfolio and an element of your practice. This will allow you to demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses in your abilities to identify learning needs, research content and present future learning by reading related educational texts. These activities will be discussed further in the assessment brief. The successful completion of this module will lead towards gaining the full 120 credits needed at level 5 and will cement the foundations for your practice and aid you in your transition into level 6 and the year 3 Clinical Practice module.

Applied Biosciences
20 credits

The application of physiology and pharmacology in clinical practice is fundamental in providing high quality patient centred care. Additionally, an understanding of the scientific principles that provide the basis of clinical monitoring and investigation are essential to the paramedic practitioner.

This module builds on the knowledge you gained in the level 4 module Introduction to Bioscience. It allows you to explore the application of this knowledge in situations of injury and illness. You will have the opportunity to investigate the use of pharmacological interventions specific to Paramedicine and its use in effective care delivery, this knowledge will then continue to develop throughout the other modules you will engage in throughout the year. Pathophysiology of common conditions will be explored and compared with normal function. This will enable you to better appreciate the function and mechanisms of different disease processes and the methods employed to treat them.

In addition, this module by nature of its content enables interdisciplinary learning and these opportunities will maximised within this module wherever possible; thus allowing you to start to gain a greater understanding of other disciplines within the heath care sector.  This inter-professional learning will continue throughout your programme in many other ways and across other modules.

The Applied Bioscience module will have its own designated Moodle page which you will have access to. This page will contain appropriate resources that are specific to the module such as lecture notes; supporting materials; assessment details and important notices. It is important that you access the site regularly as part of your learning will be to undertake weekly preparatory activities for each session followed by attempting short quizzes to help with your learning.

Clinical Decision Making and Diagnosis
15 credits

Your study within level 4 and 5 has so far allowed you to learn the signs and symptoms associated with a diagnosis; this is an important way of building your clinical knowledge but in reality patients have a presenting complaint and list of symptoms for which you need to develop a working diagnosis, not the other way round.  You will need to be able to sort through these symptoms and employ a range of advanced diagnostic skills in order to diagnose and make decisions on treatment and care pathways.

A recognised and well-defined professional expectation of Paramedics is the ability to reliably inform one’s practice, and enhance the quality of professional judgement.  Developing professional judgement, decision-making and diagnosis skills are now well-embedded objectives across most health care professional programmes.  In this context, this module aims to introduce and explore decision-making and diagnosis skills based on available evidence.  This contemporary approach to decision-making and developing such skills are core objectives in the Paramedic curriculum guidance and therefore key in your development as an aspiring registered Paramedic.

This module is designed to enable you to develop relevant knowledge and skills relating to the safe management of acute medical emergencies, with a key focus on advanced diagnostic testing in Paramedic practice.

Your study within this module will focus on key principles, theories and concepts supporting the process of clinical decision-making, diagnosis, and an underpinning knowledge in the application of medical ethics and law in these processes.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, simulation and skills, action learning, problem based learning, individual and group tutorials, directed and self-directed study.

Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

Knowledge for effective health care is developing at an unprecedented pace and your professional practice requires sound and reliably constructed evidence in order to maintain effectiveness.  Patient safety and ensuring clinical effectiveness are critical issues in health care provision and the importance of evidence-based practice has never been greater. Evidence-based practice is central to the provision of optimum care ensuring positive patient outcomes. Critical thinking is a core requirement of evidence-based practice and this will be enhanced through the development of evidence-based practice knowledge and skills.  In Paramedicine the importance and relevance of evidence-based practice has been recognised by the HCPC.

The focus of the module is on the development of key evidence-based practice (EBP) knowledge and skills; and your ability to apply the knowledge gained to practice the workplace.  The module offers you an opportunity to examine an aspect of practice based on relevant research evidence. It is designed to reflect the model of evidence-based health care by enabling you to formulate clear practice led questions, conduct an effective search of research-based literature, identify the best available evidence, critically appraise the evidence, and to use clinical knowledge to consider the application of the appraised evidence to practice

This module will continue to develop your academic skills in relation to research and evidence based practice by building on level 4 module content; with the aim of preparing you for professional practice.  The module will also link directly to the level 6 module ‘The application of research and the evidence base’ (Dissertation Module).

This module is delivered to both Operating Department Practice students and Paramedic Science students encouraging interdisciplinary learning. As a result there may be opportunities for shared and inter-professional learning within the module thus allowing you to continue to gain a greater understanding of other disciplines within the heath care sector.  This inter-professional learning will continue throughout your programme in many other ways and across other modules. 

A variety of teaching methods will be used including keynote lectures, group work, directed study and student presentations.  There will be some study time built into the delivery of the module for directed study and you will be expected to come to the scheduled sessions prepared to feedback on study activities and to share learning.  As with all modules, there is an expectation that you will also undertake study in your own time to maximise the learning experience.

Maternity, Obstetrics and Paediatric Care
15 credits

As a paramedic you will need to engage with a variety of service users, and this module has been designed to address the specific needs of women, pregnant women and children. 

You will be taught the knowledge and skills required to be flexible and responsive to these service users with a syllabus reflecting the range of anatomical and physiological differences at each stage of pregnancy and through the child’s life as well as those specific to woman’s health.

You will develop the additional assessment and diagnostic abilities needed to manage the out of hospital clinical care of these patients groups through familiarisation with the variations and modifications in assessment and treatment when managing their care.

You will be taught by members of the paramedic, child nursing and midwifery teams with opportunities for inter-professional learning from students within those programmes.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, simulation and skills, action learning, problem based learning, individual and group tutorials, directed and self-directed study.

A thematic approach to learning will allow the integration of different subject areas with the concept of caring for patients. This module will be supported by use of the Faculty’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / Moodle.

Trauma and Advanced Life Support
20 credits

The need to think independently and critically is paramount to providing a safe and effective service to patients; especially in challenging circumstances. This module aims to allow you to explore, develop and practice the skills necessary to respond effectively and professionally to complex and high pressure situations.

The module will enable you to further develop your clinical knowledge and skills gained within level 4 of the programme, in respect of a more ‘in-depth’ assessment, diagnosis and management of a range of life-threatening cardiac arrest and traumatic conditions. You will become familiar with the principles of advanced life support and acquire the advanced practical skills necessary to manage these presentations.

A variety of teaching and learning methods  will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, simulation and skills, action learning, problem based learning, group tutorials, directed and self-directed study.  Where appropriate sessions will be supported in the planning and delivery by the faculty Centre of Excellence in Posture, Movement & Handling team.

A thematic approach to learning will allow the integration of different subject areas with the concept of caring for patients. This will be supported by use of the Faculty’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) / Moodle.

Year Four

Management, Leadership and Inter-professional Working
20 credits

In this module you will explore the concepts of leadership and followership, creating high-performing teams, identifying the importance of leadership behaviour and the application of these concepts to decision-making and problem-solving in clinical practice and non-clinical roles. 

You will also learn the importance of change management theory within leadership and an organisation.  Your study in this area will focus on Lean Methodology, a change management theory and process which has led to many patient centred NHS initiatives and continues to play a key role in the future of the NHS and as well as many other organisations and industries. 

An understanding of the influence of team dynamics, multi-disciplinary / inter-professional working and change management offers an opportunity to engage in and develop your professional practice.  You will be encouraged and supported in arranging an elective placement activity which exposes you to leadership and management in action, this elective will allow you to understand the application of leadership and management theory to practice and give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of a role which you may feel is relevant to your future career enhancement and aspirations. 

This module will allow you to choose areas of study, related to your professional interests. This selection will allow you to develop further knowledge within one or more chosen professional, which may be relevant to future professional or career enhancement.  This choice of study will be delivered through a faculty inter-professional learning (IPL) one week conference and time in your study has been allocated to this module to allow you to take part in this event.  At the beginning of the academic year you will be invited to a launch event where the purpose of the conference will be explained, you will be advised on how to engage in the process and you will be given the opportunity to listen to talks from each programme / department on the sessions they will be offering within the conference programme alongside a general overview of their profession. You will then be required to ‘sign up’ for your choice of sessions, thus creating a bespoke and personal timetable for a week of teaching and learning time within this module.

This module embraces the Birmingham City University core values of pursuing excellence, interdisciplinary, employability and is practice-led in a professional environment. Furthermore it directly links to the programme philosophy and aims and is aligned to the NHS Leadership Quality Framework. As a result completion of this module will ultimately develop you towards becoming “highly employable”, “future proofed” and an “industry ready” leader and team member.

Assessment and Management of Minor Illness and Injury
20 credits

This module is designed to allow you to develop the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to assess, diagnose and treat a range of minor illness and injuries as well as provide health promotion and education and safely discharge patients with an appropriate treatment and referral plan.

You will develop towards becoming a “highly employable”, “future proofed” and  “industry ready” safe and effective practitioner. This level 6 module is intended to build on further from the knowledge and skills learnt at level 5 and allows you to work towards a higher level of skill appreciation similar to that of an advanced practitioner by achieving further competencies in addition to those outlined by the College of Paramedics’ (CoP, 2014) Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, 2014) Standards of proficiency: Paramedics.

The module is delivered through taught days, supported by learning and applied knowledge in clinical practice. The module will be undertaken with insight, specifically gained via the ambulance service but will also include associated learning from other areas of healthcare practice. There is an expectation the student will participate in group work activity including physical examination simulation and classroom debate.

Additional resources will be provided through Moodle (an electronic resource), and details of this will be offered to students early on in the module. The teaching delivery will include lead lectures, discussions, clinical demonstrations; skills centre activities, and self-directed study. Some sessions / topics will be facilitated by expert clinicians

Refining Clinical Practice
20 credits

Forming part of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Paramedic Science, this level 6 module is intended to build on further from the knowledge and skills learnt at level 5 and allows you to work towards a higher level of skill appreciation similar to that of an advanced practitioner by achieving further competencies in addition to those outlined by the College of Paramedics’ Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council (2014) Standards of proficiency: Paramedics. Furthermore, this module brings together the knowledge learnt in other level 6 modules allowing for subject knowledge to be applied in practice at a higher practitioner level.

The Clinical Practice modules at Birmingham City University are based on the core values of pursuing excellence, interdisciplinary, employability and are practice-led in a professional environment. Furthermore, they directly embody the programme philosophy and aims. Through a work based learning style approach this module credits the learning of clinical and non-technical skills while on the third year of placements and ultimately will develop you towards becoming “highly employable”, “future proofed” and an “industry ready” safe and effective practitioner.

In this module you will be given a level 6 Practice Assessment Portfolio which includes clinical competencies to complete whilst in university and placement. You will liaise with your academic tutors and clinical mentors to ensure signing for skill competency and completion. Placement practice is an essential part of making you career and industry ready. It is imperative that you conduct yourself professionally at all times when applying yourself to placements and it is expected that you attend clinical placements that have been arranged. Each year you should accrue around 750 hours of placement exposure totalling a minimum of 2250 after the three years.

By the end of this module you should have achieved 2250 hours in total, over the three years. It is imperative that you strive to achieve this level of exposure to help develop your competency and moreover to register as a Paramedic on completion. As a Paramedic student you are responsible for acting within your scope of practice as well as adhering to the HCPC’s Guidance on conduct and ethics for students (2012). Should you fail to meet the expectations required then your fitness to practice may be called into question and may jeopardise your place on the course.

The portfolio assessment for this module will include completing all your clinical competencies, one of which will involve a higher drug calculations competency paper; as well as a 1500 word reflective activity. The reflective activity will require you to critically analyse your personal and professional development with reference to your portfolio and through comparing and contrasting a current area of your practice with an element you believe should be included in the paramedic’s scope of practice. This will allow you to demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses in your abilities to identify learning needs, research content and present future implications for the paramedic role by reading related educational texts. These activities will be discussed further in the assessment brief.

The successful completion of this module will lead towards gaining the full 120 credits needed at level 6 for full award and will lay the foundations for your future practice and aid your transition for undertaking level 7 study.

The application of research and the evidence base
20 credits

The aim of this module is to complete the preparation of the graduate practitioner for the start of their professional career. It will demonstrate that you can relate your theoretical knowledge to your practice by completing a small sized project; which will pull together the academic skills that you have acquired during your program and demonstrate that you can deal well with literature.

Within this module you will develop a research proposal and supporting preliminary literature review on a subject matter of your choosing in negotiation with your project supervisor, this will constitute your summative assessment. You will be able to demonstrate your understanding of research in a topic area of your choice and its relationship to your practice

This assignment is designed to allow you to demonstrate an ability to develop a research project which you may then decide to further develop and conduct after the module assessment is compete.  Demonstrating your ability to meet the learner outcomes in this way will prepare you for future research within academia at level 7 and potentially level 8, and practice as a research specialist or advanced paramedic; an discipline encouraged by your professional bodies and essential for the development of your profession. 

Engaging in research design will also give you a different appreciation and understanding of the importance and significance of research in your practice, contrasting and complimenting the work you have completed at level 5. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout this module, these include, keynote lectures, seminars, individual tutorial support with your nominated supervisor, directed and self-directed study.

Worked Based Learning Module (optional)
20 credits

This module is an alternative to the level 6 clinical practice module and is open to HCPC registered Paramedics accessing level 6 modules in order to increase their academic qualification to a BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science. 

If you are a registered Paramedic you will be required to choose between this work-based learning module and the alternative clinical practice module where you would complete a portfolio of skills within clinical practice alongside a reflective assignment, you will need to decide whether you would able to complete the required portfolio and the benefit of doing so for your career progression or whether this work based learning would be more appropriate to your development needs and practice environment.  Regardless of your choice there will be the opportunity to learn additional clinical skills aligned with specialist clinical practice in a level 6 minor injury and illness module and opportunity to practice these skills in this module.

Forming part of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Paramedic Science, this level 6 module is intended to allow registered Paramedics to reflect on their professional practice as they work towards a higher level of skill appreciation similar to that of an specialist or advanced practitioner by achieving further competencies in addition to those outlined by the College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of proficiency: Paramedics. Furthermore, this module brings together the knowledge learnt in other level 6 modules allowing for subject knowledge to be showcased in practice at a higher practitioner level.

The work based learning module at Birmingham City University is based on the core values of pursuing excellence, interdisciplinary, employability and is practice-led in a professional environment. Furthermore it directly embodies the programme philosophy and aims. Through a work based learning style approach this module credits the demonstration of clinical and non-technical skills in practice and ultimately will further develop you as a “highly employable”, “future proofed” and an “industry ready” safe and effective practitioner.

In this module you will be guided in developing your specialist / advanced clinical skills and competencies in a highly technical and immersive environment.  You will be required to engage in relevant employment in order to complete the 3000 word reflective assessment for this module. 

The reflective activity will require you to critically analyse your personal and professional development with reference to your experience in current employment, through comparing and contrasting a current area of your practice with an element you believe should be included in the paramedic’s scope of practice. This will allow you to demonstrate your strengths and weaknesses in your abilities to identify learning needs, research content and present future implications for the paramedic role by reading related educational texts.

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences or the School of Nursing and Midwifery upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

This course gives you a balance of both the academic, evidence-based approach to health care but also the hands-on, real-world training you will need to enter this vital and fast-moving part of the health service.

In your first year, you'll be getting the fundamental knowledge and skills for paramedic practice, whilst your second and third years are about both developing and enhancing those skills to allow you work flexibly in various settings.

You'll learn via a carefully-designed mix of academic and clinical modules and a rolling series of practical placements, with a mixture of lectures and project work. The course is designed to help you become a capable, competent practitioner steeped in the ‘6 Cs’ values of the NHS Constitution and become employable after you graduate.

You'll also develop your research, leadership and clinical reasoning capabilities, while discovering the legal and ethical framework of today's healthcare culture.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you. 

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We offer extra technical and learning support.

Overseas opportunities

While there is no formal placement opportunity overseas; we'll support you find placements outside the UK if this is something you're interested in.

Some of our previous paramedic students have briefly studied in countries like Vietnam, for instance, while some students choose to get exposed to third world healthcare delivery via short trips to places such as Nepal, though these are not classed as part of your official training here.

Enhancing your employability skills

We are committed to developing Paramedic professionals who are capable of independent practice and also being members of interprofessional teams, while responding to the dynamic nature of professional practice.

After graduating from this undergraduate degree in Paramedic Science, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The modern paramedic is faced with new challenges of working in a wide variety of situations traditionally staffed by other health professionals and our course reflects this changing picture. That means you'll be able to work in the NHS, as part of an ambulance crew, or in one of the many emerging roles; for example in a minor injuries unit.

The independent sector is also rapidly developing and actively seeks to employ HCPC paramedics; giving opportunities in areas across the UK and abroad. There is also a requirement for off shore installations and ships to have medics on board and UK paramedics are filling these posts and finding themselves working on oil platforms in the Middle East and ships ranging from pirate patrols to cruise ships.

If you want to stay closer to home, the TV and film industry, motorsport event and music festival organisers all have a need for paramedics to ensure that the crew and crowds remain safe and are well cared for in case of an emergency.

Placements

You will spend considerable time on clinical placement with our practice partners, East Midlands Ambulance Service and will be required to travel for this to engage in a broad range of specialties and practice areas.

It is important you appreciate that fees for accommodation and/or travel will require personal financial outlay. Given the wide region in which you may be placed, and the significant time spent on placement, you will need to give careful thought to how you manage your accommodation through the year as daily travel from Birmingham may not be feasible. Additionally there is no guarantee of a placement in a specific division or area.

Your mentors in the placement areas are prepared for their roles and understanding of the course by the university, and the ongoing suitability and availability of learning opportunities is assured by placement audit, evaluation and liaison meetings between university staff and practice partners.

Placements for this course will take place in the following counties;

  • Lincolnshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Northamptonshire

Hear more about the placement experience for paramedic science students in the above video.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

This course will enable you to work confidently and effectively in a wide variety of contexts. You might start your post-registration career in the health service, but you might also want to start a career in the military or with independent ambulance services.

Our alumni are enjoying stimulating and rewarding roles as a paramedic for organisations such as the NHS, military, private sector, abroad and in the lifeboat service.

Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Meet our staff

Our teaching staff have extensive clinical and academic experience; including advanced practice and critical care which directly relates to your clinical development.

The dedicated paramedic team have not only worked in core areas of paramedic practice within the ambulance service, but also in advanced practice settings, emergency care and critical care - experience that they'll be able to share with you on the course.

We also have close ties with the College of Paramedic Practice, the professional body for the sector, and have a very active research culture.