Paramedic Science BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

This exciting and stimulating programme will provide 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.

With an emphasis on working in practice during Professional Training placements, our course will give you the opportunity to explore many areas of paramedic practice.

Our nursing courses have been ranked top 10 in the UK by the The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

What you will study

This three-year course is divided equally between academic study and practical experience in a range of practice areas. The course 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 explore and further develop the values required in modern healthcare and stated within the NHS Constitution.

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.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months B780 View KIS data set

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.

Our paramedic science students have excellent employment prospects on completing the programme.

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, GP and community services, 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.

Student life

Are you curious about life as a paramedic student? Read our ‘Week in the life’ feature to discover what a typical week looks like for a first-year paramedic student.

Placements

Our BSc Paramedic Science programme consists of 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice. The practice component is gained within ‘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 placements. 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 practice liaison 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 placement 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.

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, coronary care units, minor injury centres, accident and emergency departments, maternity, mental health and children’s units, and specialist ambulance services.

You will work alongside qualified healthcare, 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 both University and practice settings, working alongside fully qualified paramedics and other clinicians.

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 the area.

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 on this page.

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

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

Further information about localities and accommodation

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 students may wish to move into their geographical locality when their placements start.

This enables the student to travel to and from placements with ease, and better enables students to get to placements for the start times of shifts (which can be as early as 6am) and back home when they finish (which 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. It is advised that students have access to their own transport in these instances.

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 dependants are placed in the locality nearest to their 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 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 science programme.

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

There are limited 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.

Student placement localities

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. We refer to these geographical divisions as ‘localities’.

There are four geographical localities serving paramedic science 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.

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.

Discover more about the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) includes the East Surrey Hospital, which is around 45km from Guildford (near Redhill) and is the major acute hospital for east Surrey and north-west Sussex. It provides 24/7 emergency services.

Discover more about Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

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.

Discover more about the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

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 19km 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.

Discover more about Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Discover more about Surrey Community Health.

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).

Discover more about the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Hospital is an NHS Hospital, 26km from Guildford, with 724 beds.

Discover more about Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.

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.

Discover more about Surrey Community Health.

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.

Discover more about Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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) includes Guildford Ambulance Station, Godalming Ambulance Station, Cranleigh Ambulance Station and Haslemere Ambulance Station (based in Haslemere Community Hospital).

Discover more about the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

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 and specialist maxillo-facial services, as well as providing a tertiary centre for cancer services.

Discover more about the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Discover more about Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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 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 our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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.

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. Read more.

Academic year structure

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.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Programme dates and holidays

The programme will run over 43 weeks in Year 1 and Year 2, and 36 in Year 3.

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.

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.

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

Timetables

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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

We have experienced 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.

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.

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.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences.

Programme leader

SAMBROOK A Mr (Health Sci.)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. 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.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: BBB. 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: DDM.

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: 32 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: 75%.

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: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 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 may be considered).

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

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 BBB 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, Mathematics and Science at Grade C(4) (equivalents may be considered).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Recent study within the last 5 years required.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Please note that deferred entry is not usually permitted.

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 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.

All 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.

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 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 programme.

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.

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 email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 To be confirmed Not applicable

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

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.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: unable to specifiy 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 - Students 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 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses 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 can be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Campus location

Surrey Research Park

In Spring/Summer 2019 the School of Health Sciences will be moving to 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park, home to the School of Health Sciences where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.

Placement location

As part of this course you will be expected to attend placements off campus, please see the placement section for more details.

Additional information

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