Course Information

BSc (Hons)

3 years School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) (or equivalent qualifications) B780

Introduction

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science is designed to provide the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and practical work experience required to provide high quality, autonomous, responsive healthcare associated with the professional practice of a paramedic.

Paramedics deliver a broad spectrum of healthcare in a range of situations from giving life-saving medical help at the scene of an accident to supporting a patient who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Every case or call is different, and as well as caring for your patient you will also need to be able to look after your patient’s friends and family and communicate with a range of other health care professionals and the emergency services.

Paramedics must have the skills to assess, diagnose, prescribe, treat and refer patients to the most appropriate care pathway. You will need to be able to work with patients across the lifespan, from birth to older adults, and think and act quickly under pressure.

This course will cover all of the key areas of study outlined by the College of Paramedics including; physical sciences; life sciences; social, health and behavioural sciences; clinical sciences; ethics and law; patient assessment; care delivery; leadership; evidence based practice; health informatics; incident response management and practice skills.

The degree is offered over a ‘long’ academic year, consisting of 45 weeks of study, 50% of which will be practical placements with a variety of healthcare service providers. Reflecting the scope of modern paramedic practice you will experience placements in a range of settings within the primary, acute, urgent, community and emergency care environments.

Accreditations

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic (subject to the joint validation of the programme between the University of Lincoln and the HCPC).

How You Study

The course is divided into 50% theory and 50% clinical practice learning. The two aspects hold equal value and will be closely integrated to facilitate the successful transfer of theoretical knowledge into practice, and learning from practical experience in the classroom.

The programme will facilitate an interprofessional approach to teaching and learning, which aims to enable students from Paramedic Science and other disciplines to work collaboratively and challenge traditional perceptions of healthcare provision.

A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be used to cater for the individual needs of students on the programme. These strategies may include lectures; seminars; workshops; small group activity; self-assessment; case studies; library based resources; skills sessions; virtual learning; simulation and practice based learning.

Contact Hours

Level 1:

At level one students will typically have around 13 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 3 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 2 hours of tutorial time
  • 3 hours in seminars
  • 5 hours in lectures


Level 2:

At level two students will typically have around 12 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 3 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of tutorial time
  • 3 hours in seminars
  • 5 hours in lectures


Level 3
At level three students will typically have around 12 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 3 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 3 hours of tutorial time
  • 2 hours in seminars
  • 4 hours in lectures


Overall Workload and Independent Study

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. Students’ overall workload will consist of their scheduled contact hours combined with independent study. The expected level of independent study is detailed below.

Level 1:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 234
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 19.5%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 80.5%


Level 2:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 248
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 20.67%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 79.33%


Level 3:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 201
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 16.75%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 83.25%

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

On each of our course pages you can find information on typical contact hours, modes of delivery and a breakdown of assessment methods. Where available, you will also be able to access a link to Unistats.com, where the latest data on student satisfaction and employability outcomes can be found.

How You Are Assessed

You will be assessed both formally and informally throughout your degree to support your learning and development. The assessments will take place both within the University and practice placement environments.

Some of the assessment will be led by your tutors but you will also be encouraged to engage in peer and self-assessment to help you develop the skills of reflection and evaluation which are essential for lifelong learning, and your continued professional development once you qualify as a paramedic.

Some of the assessments will focus on theoretical knowledge and application of theory and others on the practical performance of technical skills and application of patient management. Detailed guidance of what is expected, and the assessment criteria will be provided for each module.

Assessment Breakdown

Level 1:

Coursework: 80%
Practical exams: 0%
Written exams: 20%

Level 2:

Coursework: 75%
Practical exams: 7.5%
Written exams: 17.5%

Level 3:

Coursework: 85%
Practical exams: 7.5%
Written exams: 7.5%

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

What We Look For In Your Application

We will be looking for applicants committed to the paramedic profession. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statements section of your UCAS application form by explaining why you want to study Paramedic Science and what you feel you can bring to the programme.

All relevant work experience that you have undertaken to date should be included and importantly, how this work experience influenced your values and behaviours.

You must show evidence of a good understanding of the breadth of care delivered by paramedics, preferably indicated by some form of interactive or observational work experience. You must also demonstrate an understanding of the autonomous role that paramedics play in assessing, managing and referring patients as well as the importance of and engagement with essential professional values and behaviours that bring about high quality, compassionate care.

In addition, you should be able to articulate realistic expectations of the programme and the demands of clinical placements.

To increase employability prospects, students are encouraged to obtain a full driving licence by the end of the programme.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Health and Social Care Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit.

Applications are welcomed from students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits, to include 30 at merit or above will be required.

This programme also requires 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language, Maths and Science, or equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills Level 2.

Certificates of all previous qualifications will need to be provided before any offers are confirmed.

Other requirements include:

  • IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each element)
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)).

When you choose Paramedic Science in your UCAS application, you will be asked an additional question regarding criminal convictions. Here you must declare all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder, ASBOs or VOOs.

Further information can be found at http://www.isa-gov.org.uk

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Assimilating Paramedic Practice 1A: The Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice (Core)

This module is linked to the module Essential Skills for Paramedic Practice which enables you to develop the skills required for your first practice learning experience. This module will also help you to prepare for practice and facilitate your completion of the mandatory skills and training required for you to enter practice safely. The placement attached to this module will enable you to begin assimilating paramedic practice into urgent care services and start developing your fundamental care skills.

With high levels of direction and supervision from your Paramedic Practice Educator and the wider practice team, you will engage in delivering essential paramedic care, implementing care decisions, and start taking responsibility for yourself and your role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ‘Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics’.

Assimilating Paramedic Practice 1B: Promoting Professional Values and Practice (Core)

This module is linked to the Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice module, which enables you to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required for this practice learning experience. This module will also help you to prepare for practice and facilitate your completion of the mandatory skills and training required for you to enter practice safely. The rotational placement attached to this module will enable you to continue assimilating paramedic practice into a variety of different healthcare environments, including urgent care services. The purpose of this rotational placement is to enable you to develop a wide range of clinical and care skills, whilst experiencing working within a multi-disciplinary team and environment.

With high levels of direction and supervision from suitably qualified and experienced practitioners, you will engage in the delivery of a wide range of healthcare; including implementing care decisions, and taking responsibility for yourself and your role within the team. This module is linked to the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ‘Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics’.

Essential Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

The module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to core communication and practical skills required for paramedic practice. Paramedic practice is interactive and relies upon inter-professional working and collaboration with service users, their families, carers and the public. Effective communication and interpersonal skills underpin every aspect of paramedic practice.

This module also introduces you to a wide range of health interventions in pursuit of patient and public wellbeing.

You will explore the theoretical basis underpinning paramedic practice and communication skills. Whilst doing this you will undertake practical simulation sessions allowing you to hone these skills in preparation for practice placements. Biological, psychological and social perspectives will inform these sessions which will incorporate adapting to the needs of a diverse service user group.

Professional Values and Team Working for Clinical Practice (Core)

At the centre of paramedic practice is the provision of a healthcare service that meets the needs of individual service users and those involved in their care. As a student on this module you will explore at how your personal values and ethical principles underpin the delivery of holistic and inclusive healthcare practice.

You will look at the roles and responsibilities of the paramedic including issues surrounding accountability, confidentiality, advocacy, record keeping and the legal frameworks defining contemporary paramedic practice.

You will look at theories and models of multi-professional working and develop an understanding of the role of other professions within the healthcare team. Finally, you will explore the importance of safeguarding your own wellbeing and health, and that of the people in your care.

Level 2

Cognition and Interpretation in Paramedic Science (Core)

This module will help equip you with the paramedic clinical skills and underpinning pathophysiological knowledge to undertake a detailed patient history in a variety of different settings.

You will learn how to interpret the outcomes of clinical investigations and physical assessments, then document and communicate your findings diligently and appropriately to service users, carers and other professionals within a healthcare team. You will use applied anatomical and pathophysiological knowledge to interpret a range of common symptom presentations to reach a differential diagnosis and recognise a variety of different injuries, illnesses, disease processes and conditions. Using this acquired knowledge, you will begin to formulate responsive intervention, treatment and/or care plans; including the use of specific paramedic techniques for both pre-hospital and out-of-hospital care.

This module will also provide you with an overview of public health and epidemiology, as an evidence-base for understanding public health and well-being.

Engaging with Paramedic Practice 2A: Promoting Values Based Practice (Core)

The content of this practical module is linked to the Forging Values Based Paramedic Practice module, which is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge, theory and evidence required for safe, effective and values-based paramedic practice. This module enables you to implement and hone your skills to provide values-based, professional practice.

Prior to starting your practice placement within this module you will undertake workshops and distance learning to ensure that you are adequately prepared for practice and facilitate your completion of the mandatory skills and training required for you to enter practice safely. Through your placement you to begin to engage in the delivery of paramedic care with reducing levels of direction, but under the full supervision of an appropriately experienced Paramedic Practice Educator.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ‘Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics’

Engaging with Paramedic Practice 2B: History Taking and Assessment (Core)

The content of this practical module is linked to the Cognition and Interpretation in Paramedic Practice module, which is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge, theory and evidence required for the safe and effective assessment of the health and social care needs of service users. This module enables you to implement and hone your skills in the act of undertaking a patient history and holistic assessment, in a variety of different healthcare settings.

Prior to starting your practice placement within this module you will undertake clinical skills and drills workshops, alongside distance learning to ensure that you are adequately prepared to enter practice safely. Through your placement you will engage in the delivery of paramedic care with reducing levels of direction, but under the full supervision of an appropriately experienced Practice Educator.

Forging Values Based Paramedic Practice (Core)

The 21st century Paramedic is required to practise in a way that is infused with humanity as well as evidence; responding to the individual needs of those in their care and acting in accordance with individual best interests, whilst forming a relationship based on respect and trust.

This module builds upon your prior learning in year one in relation to professional practice that is informed by appropriate values and ethics. This module will support you to develop the skill of critical reflection as a method to explore and enhance your own practice. This module will encourage you to take a positive and proactive approach towards promoting social inclusion, valuing diversity and promoting ethical healthcare practice.

You will explore different perspectives and how your personal values interact with those of others, including how these interactions can be managed in order to create a meaningful and productive work environment. This module will require you to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of ethical theory, principles and professional skills in rational decision-making within a health and social care context. A range of quality assurance processes and management styles will be considered for their impact on the delivery of high-quality care and safe, values-based working practices.

You will be expected to articulate what it means to be an accountable practitioner within a healthcare team and an advocate for applied ethics within contemporary practice; including the use of best-evidence in clinical decision making, whilst respecting the partnership with service users, carers, agencies and other professionals.

Level 3

Advancing Person-Centred Paramedic Practice (Core)

Paramedic practice and care is becoming more complex with advancements in treatments and knowledge. The aim of the module is to explore the changing needs of service users and their carers across the lifespan, including the emotional and physiological responses to trauma, injury and significant illness.

You will be expected to explore in depth emergency and urgent care responses to meet the needs of individuals and groups of patients, whilst developing the practical skills of leadership, decision-making and delegation within a team or organisation. This is synonymous with the ability to make clinically sound management decisions based on best-evidence within complex and rapidly changing clinical environments.

This module will help equip you with the paramedic clinical skills and underpinning pathophysiological knowledge to plan holistic and evidence-informed person-centred care. It is designed to prepare you for your application to the HCPC for professional registration as a Paramedic, upon completion of your programme.

Impacting on Paramedic Practice 3A: Improving and Transforming Practice (Core)

The content of this practical module is linked to the Innovation to Transformation in Paramedic Practice module, which is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge, theory and evidence-base for leading and managing a service change, through the recognition and understanding of quality assurance and quality improvement methods. This module enables you to advance your clinical skills and have a greater understanding of specific paramedic techniques in order to be able to practice safely and effectively within your scope of practice, as a third year paramedic science student preparing for registration.

Prior to starting your rotational practice placement embedded within this module you will undertake clinical skills and drills workshops, alongside distance learning to ensure that you are adequately prepared to enter practice safely. Through your placement you will engage in the delivery of healthcare with minimal levels of direction, but under the supervision of an appropriately qualified and/or experienced healthcare practitioner in a variety of service areas.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ‘Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics’.

Impacting on Paramedic Practice 3B: Managing and Leading Care (Core)

The content of this practical module is linked to the Advancing Person-Centred Paramedic Practice module, which is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge, theory and evidence required for the autonomous planning of safe and effective care, focused on the health and social care needs of service users. This module enables you to advance your clinical skills and have a greater understanding of specific paramedic techniques in order to be able to practice safely and effectively within your scope of practice, as a third year paramedic science student preparing for registration.

This module is linked to the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) ‘Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics’.

Innovation to Transformation in Paramedic Practice (Core)

Throughout this module you will examine contemporary management and leadership theory and explore the impact of leadership and management on the provision of high quality care for service users and carers.

You will be encouraged to explore and evaluate approaches to management, leadership and followership, whilst critically reflecting on your personal skills and abilities to lead and manage care provision.

This module will help you develop your core leadership skills and plan your personal and professional development to become a confident leader, follower and manager. The module will focus on change management and the need for innovation within healthcare to transform practice and embed continuous quality improvement mechanisms. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the requirements for service evaluation and transformation, whilst recognising the management and leadership challenges this presents.

Specifically, you will be required to engage in understanding the theory and practice of undertaking transformation in a clinical service and design, implement and evaluate a service transformation project.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Placements

Placements are designed to reflect the scope of modern paramedic practice and may take place in a range of settings within the primary, acute, urgent, community and emergency care environments. Throughout placements, a mentor will support learning and assess competence. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs while undertaking a work placement.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

Students learn in fully-equipped clinical suites for simulated practice, with separate teaching and observation areas. The University has invested £19 million in the Sarah Swift Building, a new dedicated facility for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building will include advanced clinical simulation facilities for those studying Paramedic Science.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Most paramedics work for the NHS and are recruited and employed by individual trust ambulance services. Job opportunities will vary from region to region.

Paramedics are also employed by the armed forces, private ambulance services, overseas health departments and oil and gas exploration companies. Non-clinical careers exist in teaching, research, management and administration, health and safety and training and development.

With experience, you may become a team leader or service manager. You could join a specialist team, or with extra training and qualifications you could become a specialist paramedic taking on more responsibility for treatment and decision making in emergency situations.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Tuition Fees

2017/18UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions].