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University of Cumbria

Paramedic Science

UCAS Code: B780

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Paramedic science

This programme takes a unique approach to paramedic education, where the paramedic is seen an integrated role within the wider NHS. This means that our programme is written to provide knowledge and experiences of the different areas of the NHS. This in turn will ensure graduates are ready to undertake a variety of jobs within the NHS ranging from the more traditional frontline paramedic to an urgent care practitioner with a GP Practice. Technology Enhanced Learning is a key component of our paramedic education, where we use Virtual Reality, Simulation and a variety of multi-media is used.

Modules

Year 1 (120 credits) plus QPU • Development of Academic Skills and Reflective Practice (20 credits) • Fundamental Practice for Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care Assistance (20 credits) • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits) (new module) • Clinical Knowledge and Skills for Assisting with Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care (20 credits) • Foundations for Decision Making, Occupational, Environmental and Legislative Aspects of Pre Hospital Care (20 credits) • Pre-Hospital and Emergency Care: Developing Evidence Based Practice (20 credits) • Qualificatory Practice Unit (0 credits – pass/fail), 40% weighting of the Year 1. On completion of these modules (120 credits) plus a pass in the non-credit bearing QPU (for placements), the student can progress onto Year 2. Year 2 (120 credits) plus QPU • Developing Clinical Care, Judgement and Competence in Paramedic Practice (40 credits) • Pre Hospital Recognition and Management of Acute Illness and Long Term Conditions (20 credit) • Pre Hospital Care and Management of Trauma and Environmental Emergencies (20 credits) • Pre Hospital Care of Women and Children's Health (20 credits) • An Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits) (new module)

• Qualificatory Practice Unit (0 credits – pass/fail), 50% weighting of the Year 2. On completion of these 120 credits (a collective of 240 credits when combining Year 1 and Year 2) plus a pass in the non-credit bearing QPU (for placements), the student can progress onto Year 3. Year 3 (120 credits) plus QPU • Clinical Leadership and Decision Making in Contemporary Paramedic Practice (20 credits) • Emergency Care: Care of Major Illness and/ or Trauma (20 credits) • Emergency Care: Management of Acute Illness and or Major Trauma (20 credits) • Dissertation (40 credits) • Preparation for Professional Paramedic Registration and Multi Agency Practice (20 credits) • Qualificatory Practice Unit (0 credits – pass/fail), 60% weighting of the Year 3. On completion of these 120 credits (a collective of 360 credits when combining Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3) plus a pass in the non-credit bearing QPU (for placements), the student can be awarded the Degree and is eligible for HCPC registration.

Assessment methods

Coursework - may include written tasks and assignments, reports, dissertations, portfolios, project work - Year 1 = 70%, Year 2 = 50%, Year 3 = 60%. Practical Exams - may include practical skills assessment, oral assessments, presentations - Year 1 = 30%, Year 2 = 40%, Year 3 = 40%. Written Exams - formal exams - Year 2 = 10%

The Uni


Course locations:

Ambleside

Lancaster

Department:

Nursing, Health and Professional Practice

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
D

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,900
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

92%
Therapy professionals
3%
Health professionals
3%
Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject covers a group of related subjects, like audiology, speech therapy and degrees associated with language development. Speech therapy dominates and most graduates in this group go into jobs as speech therapists. About a fifth had studied audiology - there are not many audiology graduates each year in the UK, and they usually go on to jobs as — you guessed it — audiologists (mostly in hospitals but increasingly on the high street). Speech science or therapy graduates often go straight into speech therapy jobs when they graduate, although you don’t absolutely have to be a speech therapist if you take the course. There's a demand for graduates from all these courses and prospects are good.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Paramedic science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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