Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2022

BSc (Hons) UCAS: B780

3 years

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Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum, designed in collaboration with the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, where you’ll learn to meet the diverse needs of patients, families and carers.
  • Access our Clinical Simulation Centre, including our ambulance bay equipped with a working ambulance, to practise real scenarios on lifelike mannequins and actors.
  • Spend half of your training in clinical placements, to practise your skills in healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS.
  • Get the academic requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a paramedic once you’ve graduated.
Paramedic sciences students wheeling an actor-patient into an ambulance

Lecturer spotlight: Simon Bettles

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What you will study

On this course, designed in collaboration with the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, you’ll learn to meet the diverse needs of patients, families and carers, within a variety of settings.

In your first year, you’ll study topics that are fundamental to paramedic science, including concepts of caring, essential paramedic practice, physical health, and research and evidence-based practice, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree.

During your second year, you’ll learn about care across the lifespan, management of physical and mental health, patient assessments, and innovation and leadership.

In your third year, you’ll delve deeper into effective decision making for complex care, clinical leadership and consolidated paramedic practice, and patient management. You’ll also learn how to critically evaluate and appraise research and healthcare literature.

Throughout your training, you’ll also explore and develop the values required in modern healthcare, as outlined in the NHS Constitution

Facilities 

You’ll benefit from our multi-million pound facilities, including our Clinical Simulation Centre, consisting of two large wards, an operating theatre, a community flat and an ambulance bay with a working ambulance. You’ll get to use equipment found in the NHS to learn how to fit cannulas, check for heart murmurs, monitor breathing and much more. 

Our virtual environments and actors will transport you to the centre of emergency situations, so you can practise your trauma skills and get a taste of scenarios you may face during your training and when you’re fully qualified. 

You’ll also get exclusive access to our independent clinical learning room. The room is set up each week with the necessary equipment required to practise the techniques you’ll be learning. 

Teaching staff 

You’ll be taught by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. These may include Simon Bettles (an operating department practitioner with expertise in emergency care anaesthesia), Simon Downs (a paramedic practitioner with expertise in clinical excellence and improving patient outcomes in pre-hospital and community settings), and Jackie McBride (an adult nurse with expertise in decision making for fundamental and complex care). 

You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, made up of local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers. 

Throughout your placements, you'll have an educational supervisor, who’s a senior clinician. They'll guide you through your experience and feed into your evidence portfolio. 

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a paramedic.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to register to work as a paramedic. 100% of our graduates from this course go on to employment or further study.* 

Our alumni can be found working for NHS trusts across the UK, with recent graduates working for the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, the South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust, and the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. 

The NHS is the largest employer of paramedics in the UK. Throughout your career, you’ll work as a member of a multidisciplinary team, with opportunities to get involved with specialist practice, GP surgeries and community services. You may also want to explore alternative paths, including education, management, mentoring and research. Visit the NHS careers website for further information. 

You can also use your qualification to work outside the UK

*Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA. 

Academic year structure

This three-year course runs over 43 weeks in your first and second years, and 36 weeks in your third year. You’ll get seven weeks holiday usually over the winter, spring and summer vacations (subject to change). The length of the course year and the holiday entitlement are requirements of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Day-to-day learning 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Practical simulation classes and clinical skills scenarios
  • Role plays
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials.

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.

For some modules, you’ll learn alongside students from other health sciences courses, so you can develop an understanding of inter-professional teamwork.

When you’re on placement 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:

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

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations, simulated learning experiences (objective structured clinical examinations – OSCEs) and written work. When you’re out on placement, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your mentors.

We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one.

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBC. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: An A-level in a relevant science subject is required.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for Science only may be considered).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DMM.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: BTEC Applied Science. Other BTECs can be considered when taken with an A level in a relevant science subject.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 31 overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: English, Maths and Science at HL4/SL4 (including MYP).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 72%.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2), 6, or (3),7; Maths, 6; Science, 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 21 at Distinction and 24 at Merit.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: Must include 15 Level 3 credits in Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents for science only may be considered).

Scottish Highers

Overall: BBBBB.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: Scottish National 5 English Language, Maths and Science, C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBC from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

Required subjects: A relevant science is required.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Shortlisting

Admissions staff will review the information provided within your 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.

Your personal statement should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you are shortlisted you 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 course 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 for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent.

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

All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.

References

Read our guide to references to support your health sciences application.

You 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.

You are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the course. All courses and places are subject to commissioned numbers.

You should be able to demonstrate evidence of completed academic study within the last five years. You 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 Science 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 course.

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

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

Deferred entry

The course does not accept applications for deferred entry. 

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022

BSc (Hons)

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View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: unable to specify amount – although a uniform (tunics and trousers) is provided, you are required to supply your own suitable footwear and any additional uniform. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform
  • Commuting (local travel expenses: unable to specify amount – you are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2019/20 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses through the Learning Support Fund as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students' studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority 
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This should be completed in advance of applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2020 and apply to the 2021 year of entry. Costs for 2022 entry will be published in September 2021.

Clinical placements 

You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 30 placement hours a week, for approximately 20 weeks in your first, second and third years of study. 

Previous students have completed their placements in the NHS, with private healthcare organisations and with charities. These have been across several settings, including accident and emergency departments, ambulance stations and vehicles, hospital units (e.g. children’s, coronary care, maternity and mental health), minor injury centres, operating theatres and specialist ambulance services. 

Your placements may take place across Surrey and these are divided into localities. For the duration of your course, you’ll typically be allocated one placement locality. The localities for this course are:

This locality serves Guildford and areas surrounding the University. You’ll likely be placed with the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust or the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust provides the local population with both elective and emergency surgery, and services for those with urgent, acute and long-term medical conditions.

The Trust is home to a 24-hour adult and paediatric accident and emergency department, and neonatal intensive-care facilities.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) respond to 999 calls, provide 111 services and liaise with healthcare professionals, to provide emergency care to the public. Ambulance stations and community response posts based in central and south Surrey include:

  • Cranleigh Ambulance Community Response Post
  • Godalming Ambulance Station
  • Guildford Ambulance Station
  • Haslemere Ambulance Station (based in Haslemere Community Hospital).

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust specialises in adult and child community health, mental health and learning disability services. It delivers care through community hospitals, health centres, inpatient units and social care services. It is one of the largest trusts in the country, serving nearly 1.75 million people.

This locality is based in the eastern areas of Surrey and serves the surrounding towns and villages. You’ll likely be placed in either the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust or the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) respond to 999 calls, provide 111 services and liaise with healthcare professionals, to provide emergency care to residents in the south-east region.

Ambulance stations in this area include:

  • Caterham Ambulance Station (based in Townhill Medical Centre)
  • Dorking Ambulance Station
  • Epsom Ambulance Station
  • Godstone Ambulance Station
  • Leatherhead Ambulance Station
  • Redhill Ambulance Station.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 

The East Surrey Hospital is based around 45km from Guildford and is at the heart of the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH). It operates 24-hour emergency department, with specialist medical, surgical, paediatric, and gynaecology and obstetrics services. 

This locality is based in the northern area of Surrey, serving Ashford, Chertsey and other towns and villages in the vicinity. You’ll likely be placed in the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with Central Surrey Health or with South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust is home to Ashford Hospital (located near Heathrow Airport) and St. Peter’s Hospital (in Chertsey). Ashford Hospital has a dedicated accident and emergency department, treating nearly 100,000 patients each year.

Central Surrey Health

Central Surrey Health provides community-based nursing and therapy services for adults, including community services in clinics, GP surgeries, health centres and schools.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) respond to 999 calls, provide 111 services and liaise with healthcare professionals, to provide emergency care to the public. Ambulance stations and community response posts based in north Surrey include:

  • Chertsey Ambulance Community Response Post (based in Chertsey Fire Station)
  • Esher Ambulance Station (based in Esher Fire Station)
  • Staines Ambulance Station (based in Staines Fire Station)
  • Walton on Thames Ambulance Station
  • Woking Ambulance Community Response Post (based in Woking Community Hospital).

This locality serves the Frimley area and parts of Hampshire. You’ll likely be placed with Central Surrey Health, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust or the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Central Surrey Health

Central Surrey Health provides community-based nursing and therapy services for adults, including community services in clinics, GP surgeries, health centres and schools.

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust provides services to approximately 900,000 people and is comprised of three hospitals, including Frimley Park, which is home to a paediatric unit and the largest resuscitation unit in Europe.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) respond to 999 calls, provide 111 services and liaise with healthcare professionals, to provide emergency care to the public. Ambulance stations based in north-west Surrey and Hampshire include:

  • Farnborough Ambulance Station
  • Tongham Ambulance Station.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust specialises in adult and child community health, mental health and learning disability services, delivering care in community hospitals, health centres, inpatient units and social care services. It is one of the largest trusts in the country, serving nearly 1.75 million people.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations , and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us and before you accept an offer. Read more.

In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:

  • Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
  • Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Placement location

You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements off campus. Please see the placements section for more details.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.
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