Paramedic Science (Accelerated Route) - Module / DipHE

Attendance:
DipHE - Full Time (1 year (must have prior completion of level 4 module))
Starting:
January 2019, April 2019
Campus:
Fees:
£656 for UK/EU 2019 entry (view all fees)

This accelerated programme has been specially designed for currently practicing pre hospital care practitioners from a range of backgrounds; including Institute of Health Care and Development (IHCD) Ambulance Technicians, Associate Ambulance Practitioner (AAP) and Combat Medical Technicians (CMT1), to prepare for practice as a paramedic.

On successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.

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.

What's covered in the course?

  • Developed in partnership with students and practice partners, the course aims to produce suitably qualified Paramedic graduates who are fit for practice and capable of life long learning.
  • We aim to provide students with a supportive environment allowing you to develop personally and professionally in order to meet the needs of modern Paramedic practice
  • The programme requires significant engagement in clinical practice, working with mentors to meet the day-to-day challenges of the job, whilst developing pre-hospital care skills
  • Paramedic practice requires quick thinking, initiative and great team working skills, so you are trained to work independently and with professional colleagues developing interpersonal and communication skills
  • A variety of teaching approaches are used including immersive classroom simulations, using specialists from other professions within the faculty in an inter-professional learning environment and using our extensive skills facilities 
  • On successful course completion, students have eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).

“The staff are approachable, knowledgeable and most importantly have all recently worked on the front line and practice at an advanced level, which means relevant and realistic advice and education of a higher standard as you prepare to take on a huge responsibility.”

Why Choose Us?

  • The Dip HE Paramedic Programme seeks to recognise and value our student's diversity and approaches this with the view that staff and students are partners in the learning experience 
  • Health programmes are based in the £30 million award-winning Seacole Building, which includes fully equipped Emergency Ambulance, mock hospital wards, mock Operating Theatre, Home Environment, Laboratory and immersive classroom
  • Students consistently give positive feedback on our skills teaching and simulations and the benefit it provides in creating real-life experiences in a safe environment.
  • SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) is a bookable learning facility that enables you to further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience. This facility is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, chest decompression, and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
  • Moodle – the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – complements your classroom learning, allowing you to access learning materials online and interact with staff and student colleagues.
  • Annual Health and Social Care Awards invite nominations for, among others, exceptional performance by students on placement.
  • You'll learn from experienced staff, who include paramedic practitioners and academics, doctors, nurses, physiologists and other allied health professionals.
This course is not open to International students

Student stories

Shaun Kemp

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.

Entry Requirements

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 your application, which we view as essential in any individual involved in patient care.

Depending on qualifications applicants will need to complete at least one module at level 4 before they can apply for level 5. 

Entry to the Accelerated Route:

Hold one of the following qualifications or an equivalent (equivalents will be considered)

  1. IHCD Ambulance Technician
  2. Associate Ambulance Practitioner
  3. Combat Medical Technician
  • Completed a minimum of 750hrs of clinical experience / employment in an area which utilises the above qualification.
  • Minimum of GCSE A* to C in Maths, English and a Science; or a recognised equivalent
  • International applicants who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0; with no element below 6.5.
  • Successful APEL claim
  • Successful completion of numeracy and literacy tests.
  • Values Based Recruitment.
  • Occupational health and DBS clearance.
  • Birmingham City University will require a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report prior to commencement of placements. You may wish to consider registering for the DBS (online) update service as an alternative.
  • The University requires assurance from the candidate’s employer that support will be given; this ensures the candidate is able to meet the practice requirements of the Paramedic Science course.
  • Have the full support of their Line Manager and Trust to undertake the course
  • Have access to a mentor who has received/ or is prepared to receive prior to commencement training from Birmingham City university in regard to the specifics of the course learning outcomes, competences and requirements of the programme.

UK or EU students

Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Level 4 Module Apr 2019 6 weeks £656
Level 5 DipHE Jan 2019 FT 1 year (must have prior completion of level 4 module) £9,250

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Personal statement

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:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

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.

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Additional costs

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.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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Financial Support

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.

Level 4 Modules

Course delivery will be in blocks of study alternating with clinical practice placements.

Modules include:
Transition to Academic and Professional Practice

This module focuses upon the principles and responsibilities that underpin your practice as an aspiring professional registrant with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It will also introduce you to some of the topics that underpin care within the National Health Service (NHS). This Module is delivered online, with a minimum of 2 face to face sessions at the university.

Level 5 Modules

Modules include:
Applied Biosciences

This module builds on your experience, it allows you to explore the application of this knowledge in situations of injury and illness. You will have the opportunity to investigate the use of pharmacological interventions specific to Paramedicine and its use in effective care delivery, this knowledge will then continue to develop throughout the other modules you will engage in throughout the year.

Clinical Decision Making and Diagnosis

This module is designed to enable you to develop relevant knowledge and skills relating to the safe management of acute medical emergencies, with a key focus on advanced diagnostic testing in Paramedic practice

Using the Evidence Base to Support Practice

The focus of this module is on finding, critically reviewing and selecting from the available research to identify credible evidence for your professional practice and personal development.

Effective Pre-Hospital Care Across the Lifespan

As a paramedic, you will need to engage with a variety of patients and carers in your communities and the focus of this module to explore specialist areas of pre-hospital care across the life span including gynaecology, pre- and post-natal emergencies, paediatric and elderly care

Transition to Paramedic Practice

This module is intended to build on the fundamental knowledge and skills you have already developed and allow you to work towards achieving the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council.

Accreditation for Prior Learning

Introduction to Bioscience

A sound understanding of applied human physiology, organic chemistry and pharmacology is essential for developing a high standard of patient care in clinical practice and thus an important part of your role as a future registered Paramedic

Preparation for Clinical Practice

The module will prepare you as a novice clinician to participate safely and effectively in clinical care and to support the paramedic in the pre-hospital environment.

Foundations of Paramedic Practice

The module will prepare you as a novice clinician to participate safely and effectively in clinical care and to support the paramedic in the pre-hospital environment.

Community Based Practice

This module is designed to allow you to explore how biopsychosocial models and determinants of health, including the factors that influence social differences, needs and inequality, impact on an individual in health and illness. 

Developing Clinical Practice

This module is intended to further develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required for paramedic practice at level 4, and allow you to work towards achieving the competencies outlined by the College of Paramedics’ Curriculum Guidance and the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of proficiency: Paramedics

Course structure

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 undertake a minimum of 225 demonstrable supernumerary practice based hours; and students should consider that outside of this requirement extensive further experience, as a supervised student Paramedic, may be required in order to demonstrate practice competence in the clinical setting.

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.

Lectures

These are more formal sessions that will introduce new information.

Inter-professional Learning

Collaboration is central to the work of all health care practitioners and underpins the delivery of high quality care.  You will experience working and learning with other professional groups.

Clinical Practice Placement:

You will complete placement hours in areas that have been deemed safe, suitable and which offers the best opportunities for your education and support

Study and work abroad

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.

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Overseas Opportunities

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.

Enhancing Employability Skills

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.

Placements

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.

It is expected that a minimum number of hours will be undertaken as supernumerary practice based hours; and students should consider that outside of this requirement extensive further experience, as a supervised student Paramedic, may be required in order to demonstrate practice competence in the clinical setting.

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 encouraged 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.

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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.

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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.

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Facilities

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 cutting-edge learning facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

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 a mock operating theatre and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Simulation Mannequins

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

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care 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.

Mary Seacole Library

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.

Computer Facilities

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:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

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.

Staff Introduction

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.

Sharon Hardwick

Sharon Hardwick

Course leader for Dip HE Paramedic Science

Sharon has been a paramedic for over 20 years after starting her career with West Midlands Ambulance Service working in Coventry.  In 2001 she became a clinical supervisor in what was Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service, where she supported and mentored newly qualified staff through their training period. 

James Graveson

Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

After gaining his initial foundation degree (distinction) in Paramedic Studies at Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2011, James began practicing as a registered Paramedic with the North West Ambulance. Since then he has practiced extensively in both rural and urban environments in one of the busiest trusts in the UK. In addition to his clinical duties he has adopted the role of a mentor and became an advocate for continuing higher education.

Whilst working full time as a Paramedic James continued with his own higher education to achieve a first class BSc (Hons) in 2013 and received award for consistent excellent academic achieved. At this time his passion for higher education and his special interests in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical examination and research grew.

James is now currently undertaking an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and decided to change the direction of his career by moving into higher education as a full time lecturer in order to continue his scholarly activity and pursue his research interests.

Since starting as a lecturer James has taken on the role of placement and simulated learning lead and is working on a number of publications, a PhD proposal and qualifications in teaching.

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Michael Anslow

Teaching Fellow

Michael has 5 years’ experience in pre-hospital care. He qualified as a Paramedic in 2014 after completing a two year foundation degree at Worcester University. He has gained experience working for West Midlands Ambulance Service and later gained promotion to the role of Clinical Team Mentor, which involved supporting both external and internal students practice and development throughout the duration of their studies, including assessment and supervision responsibilities. 

Michael plans on developing within the Teaching Fellow role and hopes to bring his passion and enthusiasm into his teaching to enhance the students learning experience.

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Keith Bromwich

Lecturer Paramedic Science

Keith started his career in General Nursing in 1986 on an adult surgical ward at Warwick. He then moved to Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital in 1990 to work with Paediatrics and Orthopaedic care. In 1994 he moved to Walsgrave Paediatric unit. He set up and managed the Paediatric Assessment Unit and became their first APLS Nurse Instructor.

In 2008, he left the Hospital world and moved to work with the ambulance service in Coventry and Warwickshire as an Emergency Care Practitioner answering emergency and urgent 999 calls as well as working within the urgent care and  out of hours settings.

In 2013, Keith help established a Community Ambulance station in his local Town ensuring timely care for the residents in this rural area. In 2015, he left full time ambulance work to take up a Lecturer’s position at Oxford Brookes University teach undergraduate Paramedic students.

Since 2015 Keith has continued to work in practice as a paramedic / specialist practitioner undertaking bank NHS work, paramedic GP practice work and more recently in the events medical sector where he continues to practice.

In September 2017 Keith moved from Oxford to join the Paramedic Science undergraduate program at Birmingham City University.