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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 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 between practice and theory. Each year, 600 hours of your time will be centred in practice learning experience with NWAS and other local health care providers, learning the realities of life as a paramedic. You’ll dedicate a further 900 hours per year to your theory studies 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 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 with the skills and knowledge needed to immediately enter this recognised and in-demand profession.
The University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (Pre-registration) is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Upon successfully completing the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with the HCPC.
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 for 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 administer 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, for instance, as a motorbike or bicycle response unit. Other working environments include providing advice over the telephone from a control room and specialised units such as a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), which may need to go into dangerous environments to treat and rescue 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:
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Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.
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.
For 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
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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.
You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22.50 is applicable.
The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.
Please note that applications for this course are subject to an equal consideration deadline of 25 January for 2023 entry.
You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:
Institution Code Name: BOLTN
Institution Code Number: B44
Tel: 0870 1122211
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
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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, we aim to cater to all needs by using a blended learning approach.
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'll follow your practice educator's compulsory clinical shift patterns, which 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'll be able to draw on knowledge and support from experienced paramedics both in the workplace and at the University.
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. 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 so that they will 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 modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
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|Level one||Guided independent study 10%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40%|
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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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