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BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

  • ID:BU440066
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • This course requires 112–128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. We are happy to consider a combination of qualifications and grades to meet the overall tariff, for example A-levels A*BC, ABB, ACC or BBC, BTECs DDM or DMM. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

English Requirements

  •  If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each of the 4 components or equivalent.

Course Information

Why study BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science at BU?

  • The course maintains small cohort sizes resulting in excellent lecturer-to-student ratio meaning more support, education and resource availability, throughout your three years. 

  • Experience over 2,000 hours of placement experience throughout the course in a diverse array of settings. 

  • This course is endorsed by the College of Paramedics and approved by the HCPC, so you will be able to register as a qualified practitioner once you graduate. 

  • Practice in state-of-the-art facilities at our brand-new Bournemouth Gateway Building, including a newly built ambulance simulation suite, hospital wards and community home settings.

  • There are opportunities to undertake training and exercises at external locations across the region

  • As well as providing emergency care for critically ill patients, you will develop advanced assessment and decision-making skills so you can decide the appropriate referral method for less seriously unwell patients. 

UCAS Code: 86G3

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Year 1

Core units

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology for Paramedics: You’ll explore the principles of anatomy and physiology relating to the different body systems. In addition, you will gain an understanding of basic pharmacology and the effects of medications within paramedic practice.

  • Foundations for Professional Practice and Research: This is an inter-professional unit which is run with other healthcare disciplines within the University. Within this unit, you will begin to gain an understanding of the core values of the modern day healthcare professional. Also, you will explore the basic concepts around research and evidence based practice.

  • Patient Assessment Fundamentals: This unit aims to facilitate students in establishing the skills and attributes needed for patient assessment in the paramedic pre-hospital setting.

  • Emergency Care Fundamentals: This unit will introduce students to the core concepts of acute care in paramedic practice. It will allow you to explore some of the day to day decisions which paramedics may be faced with. 

  • Paramedic Practice Portfolio 1: This is the practical unit of year 1. Within this unit, you will participate in professional practice within your designated ambulance trust-gaining an understanding of the skills, knowledge and professional expectations that underpin and provide the foundation to such practice. You will also be expected to reflect on your experiences.

Year 2

Core units

  • Developing Advanced Emergency Care: You will build on the knowledge and understanding acquired in year 1 to develop critical thinking, reflection and decision-making skills encountered in paramedic practice.

  • Research for Professional Practice: This unit aims to raise your awareness of a range of evidence and how it guides practice- you will be expected to build on your learning in year 1.

  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Paramedics: This unit aims to develop your understanding of pathophysiological processes and how they affect the patients which we encounter- in addition, you will explore the management of these conditions and how pharmacological interventions play a major role within our professional scope.

  • Paramedic Practice Portfolio 2: This is a practical unit with an opportunity to gain experience in different areas of practice.

  • Management of Long Term Conditions: Within this unit you will consider many of the specialist patients seen in the pre-hospital environment. These specialist patients will include: elderly care including dementia and vulnerability, mental health, end of life and palliative care.

Year 3

Core units

  • Paramedic Care of Minor Illnesses: This unit aims to ensure you’re competent in the assessment, examination and treatment of patients with a variety of minor ailments. You will need to be able to demonstrate the knowledge you have gained in years 1 and 2.

  • Paramedic Care of Minor Injuries: You’ll assess, plan, implement and evaluate the total care and safe discharge of patients presenting with minor injuries with reference to evidence-based practice.

  • Team Working for Service Improvement: Within this unit, you will work with other year 3 healthcare students. You will be asked to reflect upon areas of professional practice or service delivery that need development.

  • Research for Paramedic Practice: This guided study unit allows you to develop a research question and review research literature in one specific area of paramedic practice.

  • Paramedic Practice Portfolio 3: The final practical unit of your programme. You will be expected to demonstrate evaluation and critical reasoning in practice placement competencies- ready for your professional registration as a paramedic.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This course will prepare you for work in the fast-paced world of emergency care, giving you the skills you need to work as a paramedic. This is not the only career path open to you though, as you can also work in other areas of the healthcare sector, such as minor injuries units or GP surgeries, or even take your skills to the private sector, for example by working on an oil rig.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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