Paramedic Practice BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

My mentor provided me with the foundation and confidence I needed to develop into a well-rounded clinician, ready to face the diversity of life as a paramedic.

What you'll study

Working as a paramedic, no two days are the same. On our Paramedic Practice programme, you’ll gain vital professional experience and develop rapid decision-making skills in order to succeed in this diverse and challenging career.

Programme overview

This exciting and stimulating programme provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an articulate and confident paramedic who is able to make professional judgements and deliver evidence-based care to clients/patients.

The three-year degree is divided equally between academic study and practical experience in a range of practice areas, and has been jointly developed by the University of Surrey, the University of Brighton and the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.

You will also develop and display the values required in modern healthcare and stated within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Practice placements are available within the South East Coast Ambulance Trust or other local NHS Trusts and will ensure that you are prepared to practise safely and effectively.

There will be a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning throughout the programme, and our degree is taught by passionate and experienced academics from a variety of disciplines as well as practising paramedic tutors, to ensure seamless links between theory and practice.

You will have a personal tutor throughout the programme and all staff are committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience, enabling you to emerge as a confident, competent paramedic upon graduation.

As a Paramedic Practice student at Surrey, you will be a valued member of the School of Health Sciences. The School is home to innovative research and teaching, and inspiring, passionate staff, and aims to nurture the UK’s most dynamic, effective and caring health professionals.

You will learn the most up-to-date and innovative practice from world-leading experts in the fields of eHealth and care ethics. You will also be prepared for a professional life within health services that deliver integrated care and put the patient at the heart of all health and care practice. 

Read about the experience of student paramedics Steve Pawley and Pooja Rabheru, and view a gallery of photos of our students taking part in a training exercise.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 1 will set the foundation in basic physical and behavioural sciences. It will also consist of a practice-based module which will be assessed through submission of a portfolio.

Core modules:

Years 2 and 3 (FHEQ Level 5 and FHEQ Level 6)

In Years 2 and 3, you will be taught the principles of assessment, care delivery, evidence and research, and management of self and others. In addition, you will be able to develop your research skills and an understanding of the scientific basis of paramedic practice.

You will also have the opportunity to apply theory to practice within various practice settings.

Year 2

Core modules:

Year 3

Core modules:

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice programme will make you eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Professional Training placements

Time spent in the safe environment of our Simulation Suite and other areas in the pre-hospital environment will prepare you for your professional training. You will only go out to practice areas when you have satisfactorily completed instruction in fundamental clinical skills.

Our placement localities have practice learning teachers and link tutors who will be able to advise you about their particular practice areas. Once in your placement, you will work under the supervision of a mentor/practice educator and a team of co-mentors.

They assess your practice and developing skills and advise you on the progress of your portfolio of experience and your professional development.

As you progress through the programme and your skills and confidence develop, you will be encouraged to perform increasingly complex activities in practice, until you are considered by your mentors and teachers to be competent for registration at the end of Year 3.

Read about the exciting training exercises students take part in here.

NHS partnerships

Your practice placements will be undertaken within the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust and other healthcare settings across a wide geographical area, allowing you to gain a range of experiences.

Placements will feature practical supervised experience in, for example, ambulance stations and ambulance vehicles, operating theatres, intensive care units, accident and emergency departments, maternity, mental health and children’s units, and specialist ambulance services.

You will work alongside qualified health, social care and emergency care staff. Your placements will give you the opportunity to put your skills into practice early in the programme. You will have opportunities to participate in interprofessional learning in your practice settings, working alongside fully qualified paramedics and other clinicians.

Teaching 

We have nationally recognised teachers and researchers, and all our teaching staff are committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience, enabling you to emerge as a confident, competent professional. The paramedic teaching team consists of paramedic medical and nursing educators.

The programme is academically demanding and includes practice placements which present new and sometimes challenging experiences. We will provide you with strong personal and academic support to help you succeed.

You will be allocated a personal tutor to oversee your progress and they will be available for one-to-one appointments. You will also be a member of a personal tutor group, brought together for discussions, information sharing and advice.

In the University setting, teaching methods include:

  • Practical classes and the presentation of clinical skills scenarios
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Student and staff-led seminars
  • Study packs, reading lists, guided and annotated reading
  • Computer-aided learning and web-based teaching
  • Discussion groups
  • Enquiry-based learning

Within the practice environment, teaching methods include:

  • Shadowing
  • Role modelling
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
  • Practice under supervision
  • Reflective dialogue
  • Discussion groups

Assessment

You will be assessed at various points during the programme via written work, student presentations, examinations and case study work. You are required to build a portfolio of your experiences during practice placements, demonstrating how you have met your learning agreement and the particular learning outcomes for the module.

You are also required to show an understanding of, and development towards, the professional behaviour expected of a registered paramedic.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 9 per cent medium group teaching
  • 11 per cent large group teaching
  • 80 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Exciting changes are taking place in today’s NHS. Healthcare practitioners are learning new skills, working independently and taking on new responsibilities. Qualified paramedics are increasingly found at the heart of multidisciplinary teams.

Career paths in modern NHS Ambulance Trusts include specialist practice, teaching, management and research.

As a practitioner, you can also combine a number of roles and remain directly involved in client care as your career progresses.

Learn more about life as a paramedic on the NHS careers website and read about what it's like to work as a paramedic.

Programme dates and holidays

The programme will run over 40 weeks each year.

Graduate prospects

Paramedic Practice students have excellent prospects of employment after programme completion.

Registered practitioners

If you are a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate programme to further your learning, please visit our Continuing Professional Development page.

Student placement localities

The Paramedic Practice programme consists of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. The practice component is gained within ‘placements’. The University of Surrey is very fortunate to have a broad range of excellent placements within Surrey.

This geographical area is divided up to enable students to be allocated to one distinct area, enabling the student to become a member of that community of healthcare practitioners. These geographical divisions are called ‘localities’.

There are four geographical localities serving paramedic practice programmes at the University of Surrey. Each locality has ambulance station placements provided by South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, and district general hospital placements.

It is in these placements that paramedic students gain their practical experiences.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is part of the National Health Service, responding to 999 calls from the public, urgent calls from healthcare professionals and providing NHS 111 services across the region.

It also provides non-emergency patient transport services (pre-booked patient journeys to and from healthcare facilities) in Surrey and Sussex.

SECAmb deals with a geographical area of 3,600 square miles (Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire), which includes densely-populated urban areas, sparsely populated rural areas and some of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country.

Staff in SECAmb work across 110 sites spread around Kent, Surrey and Sussex, including ambulance stations, community-response posts and emergency dispatch centres. The University of Surrey placements are restricted to the Surrey localities listed in this brochure.

SECAmb staff care for patients either face-to-face, or provide clinical advice and support over the phone at one of their three emergency dispatch centres.

Patients range from the critically ill and injured who need specialist treatment, to those with minor healthcare needs who can be treated at home or in the community.

Locality one: east Surrey

Locality one is in the eastern areas of Surrey and serves the surrounding, towns and villages.

It consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners, working together to provide a high standard of care to the people it serves and students soon become ‘one of the team’, with most deciding to stay and work there upon qualification.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) includes Redhill Ambulance Station, Godstone Ambulance Station, Caterham Ambulance Station (based in Townhill Medical Centre), Dorking Ambulance Station, Leatherhead Ambulance Station and Epsom Ambulance Station.

These ambulance stations provide 24/7 emergency cover.

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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) includes the East Surrey Hospital, which is around 28 miles from Guildford and (near Redhill) and is the major acute hospital for East Surrey and North West Sussex. It provides 24/7 emergency services.

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Locality two: north Surrey

Locality two is located in the northern area of Surrey and serves Ashford and Chertsey and other towns and villages around that area. It provides a warm welcome to its students and they soon become one of the community and feel well supported.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) including Chertsey Ambulance Station, Walton Ambulance Station, Esher Ambulance Station (based in Esher Fire Station), Staines Ambulance Station (based in Staines Fire Station) and Woking Ambulance Station (based in Woking Community Hospital).

These ambulance stations provide 24/7 emergency cover.

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Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, with Ashford Hospital located near Heathrow Airport and St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, around 12 miles from Guildford. Both these hospitals provide a wide range of services for their local populations, including a new dedicated Diabetes Resource Centre at St Peter's.

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Surrey Community Health (Surrey Primary Care Trust)

Surrey Community Health (Surrey Primary Care Trust) provides community based nursing for the local population, including GP surgeries, community nursing teams, Health Visitors, and inpatient services within small community hospitals.

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Locality three: north-west Surrey and Hampshire

Locality three is located in the north-western area of Surrey and Hampshire and serves the Frimley area as well as surrounding towns and villages. It prides itself in having a friendly atmosphere and welcoming staff who have a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) provides emergency cover to North East Hampshire and Surrey.

The ambulance stations covering this area include Farnborough Ambulance Station, Knaphill Ambulance Station and Tongham Ambulance Station providing emergency cover points in Aldershot (Aldershot Centre for Health) and Fleet (Fleet Fire station).

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Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Hospital is a fully NHS Hospital, 16 miles from Guildford, with 724 beds, specialising in:

  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • General surgery
  • General medicine
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Trauma and orthopaedics
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Urology
  • Accident and emergency
  • Cardiology (including cardiac catheterisation)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Anaesthetics

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Surrey Community Health

Surrey Community Health provides community based nursing for the local population, including GP surgeries, community nursing teams, Health Visitors, and inpatient services within small community hospitals.

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides many primary care services through hard-working teams in the community throughout Hampshire. Students gain a range of experiences and are well supported by mentors in practice.

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Locality four: central and south Surrey

Locality four is located in central and southern Surrey and serves Guildford and the towns and villages surrounding the University.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb)

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) including Guildford Ambulance Station, Godalming Ambulance Station, Cranleigh Ambulance Station and Haslemere Ambulance Station (based in Haslemere Community Hospital).

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The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has 527 beds and provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long term medical conditions. It has 14 operating theatres, has specialist maxillo-facial services, as well as providing a tertiary centre for cancer services.

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides community based nursing for the local population, including GP surgeries, community nursing teams, Health Visitors, and inpatient services within local hospitals.

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Further information

Further information about localities and accommodation opportunities within each of the localities is provided to the students’ at the start of the programme and within local induction to the practice environments.

The accommodation provision varies between the localities and usually comprises students organising privately rented flat-sharing or house-sharing via local agents.

All students can be accommodated within University campus accommodation for the commencement of their programme but it is expected that students will move into their geographical locality when their placements start, approximately six months after the start of the programme.

This enables the student to travel to and from placements with ease and minimum cost, and better enables students to get to placements for the start times of shifts (can be as early as 6am) and back home when they finish (can be after midnight and 2am), and attend for night duty which is a requirement of the programme.

The theory component of the programme is taught within the University campus in Guildford for all students, irrespective of locality, for the duration of the programme.

Process for student allocation to locality

There are limited placements within each locality and so each new cohort of students must be divided up between localities to ensure a high quality practice experience for all.

A priority system exists when allocating students to Localities, to ensure the needs of those students with specific geographical requirements are met, as much as is possible within the limited capacity in each location.

The priority system identifies the following:

  • Sponsored students are placed within the locality where the sponsoring Trust has placements
  • Students with dependents are placed in the locality nearest to their home address, as far as capacity allows
  • Students living in their own homes (or the parental home) at the start of the programme are placed in a locality as near to their home address as possible, as far as capacity allows
  • Students who opt to live in University accommodation for the start of the programme are allocated according to home address to the nearest possible locality, as far as capacity allows

It must be noted that placements within the locality may still be some distance from the student’s home address and travelling to placements within the full geographical area of the allocated locality will be required in order to meet the practice component of the paramedic practice programme.

It is advisable students have their own transport when attending placement, due to the unsociable shift start and finish times where public transport will not be available.

There are sometimes opportunities to change a student’s allocated locality but this depends upon capacity at the preferred locality. The first-year leader will explain the process for this at the start of the programme.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

ABB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Applicants taking either Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Psychology, a pass in the Science Practical Certificate is desirable.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above

A relevant science A-level is required.

Selection process

Shortlisting

Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation.

Relevant experience in a care setting and/or evidence of other involvement in the community (for example school, voluntary or charity responsibilities) are normally required.

Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.

Interview and selection day

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas.

Admission to this programme is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection. 

Offers are conditional upon satisfactory health and fitness for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent.

Candidates must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children.

Other entry requirements

Admission is subject to NHS eligibility for the programme. For further information on eligibility, applicants should contact the Faculty. Proof of eligibility is normally required prior to interview. 

Candidates should have the ability to follow a shift pattern covering 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and be able to meet early morning and late night travel requirements. 

Candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme. All programmes and places are subject to commissioned numbers.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of completed academic study within the last five years. Applicants will also demonstrate the values required for health professional practice and stated within the NHS Constitution, such as honesty, integrity and compassion.

The Department of Health requires all Paramedic Practice students to be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C during the induction week. Those testing positive would be subject to Department of Health guidelines for entry to the programme.

Candidates will also need a satisfactory level of fitness to pass the South East Coast Ambulance Trust fitness test.

Candidates are required to have a full UK driving licence and will need to pass the C1 driving test before the end of the first year.

English language requirements

7.0 IELTS minimum overall

7.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2016 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 Years B780 View KIS data set

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