This one year course has been specially designed for currently practicing Institute of Health Care and Development Ambulance Technicians, to prepare for practice as a paramedic and on successful completion eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
This course will enable you to become a knowledgeable, skilled and competent Paramedic - able to practice both within the NHS and other sectors.
You'll need to apply directly to the University for this course.
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We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.
All candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:
Claims by students who wish to APEL are approved by the Personal Development Department on an individual basis.
Evidence of Literacy and Numeracy (Minimum of GCSE A* to C in Maths and English or Adult Training Scheme key skills level 2 in literacy and numeracy)
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
We’ve created a range of advice from experts and our students, including next steps if your exams don't go that well.
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If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
This course is not available to International Students
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
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We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Course delivery will be in blocks of study alternating with clinical practice placements.
Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Science
Knowledge and Skills for Paramedic Science
Evidence Based Paramedic Practice
Negotiating Health and Social Care Needs
Paramedic Care of the Trauma Patient
Pharmacology for Paramedic Science
Pre Hospital Coronary Care
Women and Children's Health
The following modules you will be credited during the APEL process, in consideration of your application to continue studying with us.
Assisting the Paramedic
Introducing Physiological Measuring Skills
Foundations of Paramedic Practice
Intermediate Life Support
We offer a balance of both the academic, evidence-based approach to health care but also the hands-on real-world training you will need to enter this vital and fast-moving part of the health service. In all, you are required to spend a minimum of 750 hours working in a clinical practice environment as a student paramedic.
You’ll learn via a carefully designed mix of academic and clinical modules and a rolling series of practical placements, with a mixture of lectures and project work designed to help you become employable within the NHS– capable, competent practitioners steeped in the ‘6 Cs’ values of the NHS Constitution. To get there, we’ll teach you applied anatomy and physiology knowledge and skills for Paramedic science, as well as paramedic care of the trauma patient, pre-hospital coronary care, and women and children’s health. We will also expose you to issues around evidence-based paramedic practice, negotiating health and social care needs, as well as pharmacology for paramedic science.
You’ll also build on your research, leadership and clinical reasoning skills, while discovering the legal and ethical framework of today’s healthcare culture.
You will develop the interpersonal and communication skills that complement your science-based knowledge - crucial when it comes to putting your patient at ease and making you an effective collaborative member of your professional team.
If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
We offer extra technical and learning support.
The Dip HE Paramedic Science programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a Paramedic and upon successful completion have eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.
Graduate Mark McDonagh tells of the helpful staff and excellent facilities on the DipHE Paramedic Science course at Birmingham City University.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
Graduate Stuart Batham gives us a 30 second review of the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree course at Birmingham City University..
While there is no formal placement opportunity overseas; we'll support you find placements outside the UK if this is something you're interested in.
Some of our previous paramedic students have briefly studied in countries like Vietnam, for instance, while some students choose to get exposed to third world healthcare delivery via short trips to places such as Nepal, though these are not classed as part of your official training here.
After graduating from this undergraduate degree in Paramedic Science, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The modern paramedic is faced with new challenges of working in a wide variety of situations traditionally staffed by other health professionals and our course reflects this changing picture. That means you'll be able to work in the NHS, as part of an ambulance crew, or in one of the many emerging roles; for example in a minor injuries unit.
The independent sector is also rapidly developing and actively seeks to employ HCPC paramedics; giving opportunities in areas across the UK and abroad. There is also a requirement for off shore installations and ships to have medics on board and UK paramedics are filling these posts and finding themselves working on oil platforms in the Middle East and ships ranging from pirate patrols to cruise ships.
If you want to stay closer to home, the TV and film industry, motorsport event and music festival organisers all have a need for paramedics to ensure that the crew and crowds remain safe and are well cared for in case of an emergency.
At least 750 hours per academic year will be ‘on the job’ training and experience in the clinical practice setting, supported by experienced paramedic mentors. Please note that you must have access to a clinical mentor who has received or is prepared to receive training from Birmingham City University in respect of the programme and support processes to maximize your clinical achievement.
We want you to be exposed to other health professionals right from the start of your career, enabling you to build a multi-disciplinary understanding of the pressures of the role. Therefore you are expected to have identified placement opportunities in operating theatres, obstetrics and ED, to support your clinical learning; the paramedic team can advise further on the processes, once you have achieved your place on the programme.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Senior Lectuer Tony Spence explains the entry routes and study requirements for the DipHE Paramedic Science course at Birmingham City University.
Student Sgt. Barry Kirklnd of the Royal Airforce explains the challenges he faced on the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree at Birmingham City University, especially coming from a non academic background.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
Our real road going ambulance allows you to gain experience working in a confined space using real ambulance equipment. You can actually practice driving (under normal conditions) and treating patient in the back of a moving ambulance as your colleagues drive through the streets of Birmingham.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Our teaching staff have extensive clinical and academic experience; including advanced practice and critical care which directly relates to your clinical development, as well as fostering your academic progress.
The dedicated paramedic team have not only worked in core areas of paramedic practice within the ambulance service, but also in advanced practice settings, emergency care and critical care - experience that they'll be able to share with you on the course.
We also have close ties with the College of Paramedic Practice, the professional body for the sector, and have a very active research culture.