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This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process.
Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course
may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2021 after
which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the
outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University
will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.
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Offered in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust, the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree offers you the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic*.
Your transformation into a paramedic practitioner will develop over this three-year programme with the guidance of experts in multiple fields of medical practice and international medicine. The modules focus on building your intellectual skills and capabilities, clinical judgement skills, and confidence in performing the clinical skills and assessments that will be required of you as a paramedic in a safe, capable and competent way.
As a paramedic, no two days will be the same. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will work to prepare you to assess, evaluate, diagnose and manage the clinical and personal needs of patients of all ages, taking into account the situation and environmental conditions. You’ll gain experience of safe and timely care and transport of critically ill patients while under emergency (blue lights) as well as non-life-threatening conditions. You'll learn the fundamentals of equipping, maintaining and operating in emergency ambulances and rapid response vehicles. We’ll support you to become an effective, capable clinician who can respond to and manage a wide spectrum of emergency and non-emergency situations. These may range from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest and multi-system traumas, through minor illnesses and injury, to chronic conditions and psychological and mental health events.
Your studies will be split with 50 per cent of your studies centred in practice learning experience with NWAS and other local health care providers, learning the realities of life as a paramedic. The other half of your studies will be at the University, complementing and enhancing your learning in the workplace. We’ll guide you as you learn to resuscitate, stabilise, treat and assess patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in our cutting-edge Clinical Simulation Area and Suites where you can learn techniques and practice using equipment in a safe and controlled environment. Your practice learning experience with NWAS will then build on these skills in the field. Some of the topics you’ll study are out-of-hospital urgent care, trauma management, mental health, chronic conditions, pharmacology, social needs and maternal and obstetric emergencies. If the thought of helping people in these dynamic circumstances gets your blood rushing then this is the course for you.
While developing your clinical knowledge and skills, this course will help to build your leadership abilities, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, adaptability, confidence and resilience, preparing you to shoulder the decision-making responsibilities demanded by this healthcare profession. As a paramedic, you’ll need to work with a high level of autonomy in often unpredictable and emergency situations. In addition to your patients, you’ll interact with and support relatives, friends and members of the public. You’ll also need to appreciate and respect the input and remit of a wide range of other healthcare professionals and emergency services such as the Police, Fire and Rescue Services as well as other Emergency Medical Technicians (MDTs). Importantly, you’ll also need to take care of yourself and ensure your own wellbeing and safety while having the comfort of knowing you will always have support from the Univerisity of Bolton through any challenges you have on this course. We’ll support you as you develop essential interpersonal and team working skills, along with vital decision-making and leadership qualities and the ability to remain calm and reassuring under stressful and potentially traumatic situations.
Overall, this employer-led training and qualification opportunity offers you the chance to graduate will the skills and knowledge needed to immediately enter this recognised and in-demand profession.
*Please note that we are seeking approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
We are seeking approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at email@example.com or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
We'd be delighted to chat with you about the course and your future career as a registered paramedic. Please sign up to one of our Paramedic open events where you can meet/virtually meet our staff and find out more about the University and support services for students.
After graduation, and once you have registered as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)*, you’ll be able to work in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations. You’ll possess the judgement and skills to quickly and accurately assess a patient’s condition and make potentially life-saving decisions. You’ll be able to resuscitate and stabilise patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. In an emergency, you may use high-tech equipment such as defibrillators, tourniquets and traction splints, as well as administering oxygen and analgesia, and so much more!
As a graduate, you’ll possess in-depth knowledge in areas such as human anatomy and physiology, psychology, medicine management, legal and ethical issues, as well as skills in diagnostic evaluation, clinical procedures, decision-making, teamwork and interpersonal communication. You’ll be adept at functioning and working effectively on ambulances and rapid response vehicles and have a clear understanding and appreciation of the role of other healthcare professionals and emergency services.
This programme is not a direct route to nursing or medical programmes. It is designed to prepare you for a specialised role working in the ambulance service.
Registered paramedics are primarily employed by Ambulance Service NHS Trusts and are usually based at a local ambulance station. As a traditional emergency response paramedic, you’ll be required to work shifts, including evenings and weekends, and to work in all types of weather conditions. In some cases, you’ll be the senior member of a two-person team, with an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Care Assistant (ECA) to support you. Alternatively, you may work on your own, such as motorbike or bicycle response units. Other areas include providing advice over the telephone from a control room and specialised units such as the Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) unit which not only treat but may need to rescue and go into dangerous environments to assist patients.
Once you’ve qualified, you could become a team leader, supervising other paramedics, EMTs and ECAs, specialise in a specific area such as strokes or even work for the air ambulance. With additional training, you could become a senior, advanced or consultant paramedic, which are senior roles with more responsibilities. Teaching, research and management roles are other options and the University of Bolton offers postgraduate opportunities that will support you to progress your career in these areas.
Additionally, paramedics are in increasing demand in urgent care and you may find opportunities in walk-in centres, minor injuries units and GP practices. You might also seek work in the private sector; for instance, in remote environments such as expeditions and oil-rigs.
Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Possible areas of employment include:
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021-2022.
For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.
The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.
You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.
You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:
Institution Code Name: BOLTN
Institution Code Number: B44
Tel: 0870 1122211
The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.
This course is not currently accepting online applications
Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Bolton
Bolton, BL3 5AB
Tel: 01204 903903
Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email email@example.com
University of Bolton
Bolton, BL3 5AB
Tel: 01204 903903
Modern paramedics require a range of skills and values and our practice partners and tutors will help you gain understanding and experience of paramedic practice. We’ll support you as you develop your skills in a safe and supportive environment. Learning focuses on the workplace environment so you’ll spend approximately half of your time in practice gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience, and devote the rest of your time to University learning and independent study. As every student is an individual and we recognise that everyone learns differently so we aim to cater for all needs by using a blended learning approach to teaching.
Practice learning experience is a compulsory component of the course that enables you to develop the necessary competencies required for registration and practice as a registered paramedic. You will not be paid for this time and travel expenses are not refunded as part of the course. For most of your practice learning experience, you'll be working alongside your dedicated mentor who will guide and develop your skills and knowledge. You will follow the compulsory clinical shift patterns of your practice educator and this will include unsociable hours including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays. You'll be expected to complete a minimum of 1,800 hours over the three years.
Your practice learning experience will be based at our partner NWAS NHS Trust (please note, travelling may be required). As you progress through the course, we’ll guide and encourage you to draw on your practice learning experience while studying theory, and apply the theory learned to your practice so that you can understand how the two complement each other. You will have access to experienced paramedics to draw knowledge and support from in the workplace and at the University itself.
We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities designed to arouse your curiosity and support your personal learning journey. Work-based learning and formal face-to-face timetabled sessions are combined with extensive online resources and our community of students, University tutors and practice educators. Our blended approach includes lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminars, tutorials, problem-based enquiry and work-based learning. The course is highly interactive, requiring you to collaborate with colleagues in the workplace and fellow students. Online and face-to-face learning and discussion will be essential, and you’ll also need to undertake a significant amount of guided independent study, such as background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. You'll also be given opportunities for independent learning and recapping of work. This is a course designed for the people who will study on it and to be able to get the most out of it. No student is expected to go through this course alone so to help support your learning the University offers additional study skills sessions. These cover areas such as essay writing, library skills and electronic searching, and numeracy. You'll also have a personal tutor and access to various other mechanisms to help you succeed.
You can expect a range of assessment methods, such as coursework assignments, practice competencies, problem-based learning and examination of practice. The assessment of practice and theory both contribute to the final award.
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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