BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

This course is now closed for UCAS applications for 2019 entry. All applications received on or before 15th January will be considered.

The Course

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 course is offered over three academic years, each consisting of 45 weeks of study. Students spend approximately 3,000 hours studying at the University and 1,500 hours gaining practical, supervised experience with a variety of healthcare providers.

The Course

Paramedics work on the frontline of healthcare, looking after those in need and responding to a wide range of situations, from minor wounds and conditions to more serious, life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science at Lincoln is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, and practical work experience needed to provide high-quality, autonomous, and 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.

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.

The College of Paramedics has endorsed the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science. College of Paramedics endorsement aims to promote and celebrate high quality education and training, over and above the minimum standards threshold required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The course is divided into theory and clinical practice learning. The two aspects 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 and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Applied Behavioural Science (Core)
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Applied Behavioural Science (Core)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of behavioural science. It will assist you in your assessment of the behavioural and psychological issues relating to health and give you an understanding of the issues surrounding a range of mental health conditions. You will learn how to recognise signs of stress in yourself and others, identify where to access the different types of support available and explore and develop personal resilience strategies.

Essential Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)
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Essential Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

The module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the core skills required for paramedic practice including mandatory education relating to placement. The module introduces you to patient assessment, essential clinical skills and clinical decision making. The module will introduce you to the evidence based practice approach that underpins paramedic science and to reflective practice, academic writing and study skills which will underpin the programme. The module involves peer to peer education and you will begin a reflective journal which will span buddying and peer education over the three years of the programme.

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Core)
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Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Core)

This module begins by developing an appreciation of how the human body is organised from a cellular to a systems level. Using a systems based approach, you will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology developing a sound knowledge of how systems function together in order to maintain homeostasis. The content on this module, including an introduction to medical terminology, will provide a foundation upon which the level 5 and 6 pathophysiology and pharmacology modules will build. The learning contained in this module will form a basis in order that you can understand normal patient presentations, thereby linking closely with practical modules.

Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice Across the Health Professions (Core)
Find out more

Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice Across the Health Professions (Core)

The 21st century Paramedic is required to practice 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 relates to professional practice that is informed by appropriate values and ethics. 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 and professional 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 within a health and social care context.
You will be expected to articulate what it means to be an accountable, interprofessional and collaborative practitioner within a healthcare team and an advocate for applied ethics within contemporary practice whilst respecting the partnership with service users, carers, agencies and other professionals.

Care Across the Lifespan (Core)
Find out more

Care Across the Lifespan (Core)

This module will provide you with an understanding of how communication strategies may differ across the lifespan. Factors affecting older people both physically and psychologically are explored with issues around End of Life Care addressed. You will develop an understanding of grief theory and develop the skills and sensitivity to best break bad news. The module also covers special circumstances such as dementia and learning disabilities and explores the value of nutrition. This module will support you to develop the skill of critical reflection as a method to explore and enhance your own practice.

Developing skills for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Developing skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

The module builds upon the core skills introduced in the level 4 Essential Skills for Paramedic Science Module. The module will further develop essential patient assessment skills, delving deeper into the medical model of assessment in line with Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), leading to advancing clinical skills and clinical decision making. You will gain a thorough understanding of Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support with emphasis on patient assessment, clinical decision making and appropriate intervention, including administration of relevant medication. The module includes learning and teaching in the area of major incident management. The module involves buddying students from year 1 and continuing your reflective journey in this area.

Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Professionals (Core)
Find out more

Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Professionals (Core)

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of both acute and long-term conditions. Key pathological processes will be examined and, by recognition of signs and symptoms and identification of differential diagnoses, relevant interventions and treatment will be identified.

Pre-Hospital Paediatrics and Obstetrics (Core)
Find out more

Pre-Hospital Paediatrics and Obstetrics (Core)

This module will develop your understanding of assessment and management strategies in paediatric and obstetric patients including trauma, medical and advanced life support situations. The value of multi-professional approach to child protection will be explored. The module includes learning and teaching around paramedic care and management of women during pregnancy, birth and beyond, including complications of pregnancy. The module will support you to develop your skills of critical reflection as a method to explore and enhance your own practice.

Advancing Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Advancing Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

This module builds upon the Essential Skills and Developing Skills modules at level 1 and 2. The Advancing Skills module aims to provide students with advanced clinical decision making, assessment and treatment skills based around minor injuries and illnesses.

Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedic Science (Core)

This module will develop your understanding of pharmacology theory including principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. It will provide a sound understanding of the medications available to paramedics and those encountered in the pre-hospital environment including how these relate to a range of pathologies. Patient medications will be explored together with issues around polypharmacy and the problems that may arise as a result. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed, including the management of patients suffering the effects of illegal and recreational drugs.

Leadership and Practice Education (Core)
Find out more

Leadership and Practice Education (Core)

This module explores aspects of leadership and management in healthcare, alongside practical skills for facilitating practice learning, preparing you to become a practice educator of the future.
You will gain an understanding of management and leadership theory and how human factors can impact upon organisational culture, service delivery and clinical practice. You will learn how to function effectively as a member of a team, motivating and supporting your colleagues.
We will collectively explore the skills required for critical and constructive reflection as a registered professional, preparing for lifelong personal and professional development. This will include practicing coaching and mentorship techniques, to support and facilitate the development of others on the programme; reflecting the culmination of your engagement in peer to peer education and buddying throughout the programme.

Research and Evidence Based Practice (Core)
Find out more

Research and Evidence Based Practice (Core)

This module will develop your understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how it impacts upon the provision of health and social care and shapes the processes of service improvement. You will gain an understanding of how to locate and critically appraise evidence, obtain an overview of different research methodologies and learn how to analyse and apply evidence and data. Ethical issues in research and the implications of planning service change will be explored.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

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 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.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

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.

You will be required to submit a current reference on your UCAS application. This could include a reference from one of the following:
• Teacher/Academic Tutor if you are currently studying
• Line Manager if you are no longer in education
• Supervisor if you are undertaking substantive volunteering or work experience.

We do not accept references from the following:
• Friends
• Family members
• Peers
• Work colleagues.

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.

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.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


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

* UK/EU: 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.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

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/]

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.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points.

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

GCSE's or equivalent level 2 qualifications must have been obtained at the point of application.

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.
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act.
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years.
  • 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.

On successful completion of the programme students will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic. The College of Paramedics has endorsed the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science. College of Paramedics endorsement aims to promote and celebrate high quality education and training, over and above the minimum standards threshold required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The course aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose, treat, and refer patients to the most appropriate care pathway.

The theoretical and clinical elements of the course are intended to cover all of the key areas of study outlined by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and College of Paramedics. These include 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 course is divided into theory and clinical practice learning. The two aspects will be closely integrated to facilitate the successful transfer of theoretical knowledge into practice, and learning from practical experience in the classroom.

The programme encourages an interprofessional approach to teaching and learning. It enables students from paramedic science and other disciplines to work collaboratively and challenge traditional perceptions of healthcare.

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, group activities, self-assessment, case studies, reflective journals, library based resources, skills sessions, virtual learning, peer to peer learning, high fidelity simulation, and practice based learning. In addition, the course offers a buddy system between students from different cohorts.

The course is offered over three academic years, each consisting of 45 weeks of study. Approximately 2,850 hours are spent at the University, while 1,650 hours are spent gaining practical, supervised experience with a variety of healthcare providers.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Applied Behavioural Science (Core)
Find out more

Applied Behavioural Science (Core)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of behavioural science. It will assist you in your assessment of the behavioural and psychological issues relating to health and give you an understanding of the issues surrounding a range of mental health conditions. You will learn how to recognise signs of stress in yourself and others, identify where to access the different types of support available and explore and develop personal resilience strategies.

Essential Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Essential Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

The module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the core skills required for paramedic practice including mandatory education relating to placement. The module introduces you to patient assessment, essential clinical skills and clinical decision making. The module will introduce you to the evidence based practice approach that underpins paramedic science and to reflective practice, academic writing and study skills which will underpin the programme. The module involves peer to peer education and you will begin a reflective journal which will span buddying and peer education over the three years of the programme.

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Core)
Find out more

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Core)

This module begins by developing an appreciation of how the human body is organised from a cellular to a systems level. Using a systems based approach, you will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology developing a sound knowledge of how systems function together in order to maintain homeostasis. The content on this module, including an introduction to medical terminology, will provide a foundation upon which the level 5 and 6 pathophysiology and pharmacology modules will build. The learning contained in this module will form a basis in order that you can understand normal patient presentations, thereby linking closely with practical modules.

Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice Across the Health Professions (Core)
Find out more

Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice Across the Health Professions (Core)

The 21st century Paramedic is required to practice 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 relates to professional practice that is informed by appropriate values and ethics. 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 and professional 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 within a health and social care context.
You will be expected to articulate what it means to be an accountable, interprofessional and collaborative practitioner within a healthcare team and an advocate for applied ethics within contemporary practice whilst respecting the partnership with service users, carers, agencies and other professionals.

Care Across the Lifespan (Core)
Find out more

Care Across the Lifespan (Core)

This module will provide you with an understanding of how communication strategies may differ across the lifespan. Factors affecting older people both physically and psychologically are explored with issues around End of Life Care addressed. You will develop an understanding of grief theory and develop the skills and sensitivity to best break bad news. The module also covers special circumstances such as dementia and learning disabilities and explores the value of nutrition. This module will support you to develop the skill of critical reflection as a method to explore and enhance your own practice.

Developing skills for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Developing skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

The module builds upon the core skills introduced in the level 4 Essential Skills for Paramedic Science Module. The module will further develop essential patient assessment skills, delving deeper into the medical model of assessment in line with Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), leading to advancing clinical skills and clinical decision making. You will gain a thorough understanding of Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support with emphasis on patient assessment, clinical decision making and appropriate intervention, including administration of relevant medication. The module includes learning and teaching in the area of major incident management. The module involves buddying students from year 1 and continuing your reflective journey in this area.

Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Professionals (Core)
Find out more

Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Professionals (Core)

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of both acute and long-term conditions. Key pathological processes will be examined and, by recognition of signs and symptoms and identification of differential diagnoses, relevant interventions and treatment will be identified.

Pre-Hospital Paediatrics and Obstetrics (Core)
Find out more

Pre-Hospital Paediatrics and Obstetrics (Core)

This module will develop your understanding of assessment and management strategies in paediatric and obstetric patients including trauma, medical and advanced life support situations. The value of multi-professional approach to child protection will be explored. The module includes learning and teaching around paramedic care and management of women during pregnancy, birth and beyond, including complications of pregnancy. The module will support you to develop your skills of critical reflection as a method to explore and enhance your own practice.

Advancing Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Advancing Skills for Paramedic Science (Core)

This module builds upon the Essential Skills and Developing Skills modules at level 1 and 2. The Advancing Skills module aims to provide students with advanced clinical decision making, assessment and treatment skills based around minor injuries and illnesses.

Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedic Science (Core)
Find out more

Clinical Pharmacology for Paramedic Science (Core)

This module will develop your understanding of pharmacology theory including principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. It will provide a sound understanding of the medications available to paramedics and those encountered in the pre-hospital environment including how these relate to a range of pathologies. Patient medications will be explored together with issues around polypharmacy and the problems that may arise as a result. Legal and ethical issues will be discussed, including the management of patients suffering the effects of illegal and recreational drugs.

Leadership and Practice Education (Core)
Find out more

Leadership and Practice Education (Core)

This module explores aspects of leadership and management in healthcare, alongside practical skills for facilitating practice learning, preparing you to become a practice educator of the future.
You will gain an understanding of management and leadership theory and how human factors can impact upon organisational culture, service delivery and clinical practice. You will learn how to function effectively as a member of a team, motivating and supporting your colleagues.
We will collectively explore the skills required for critical and constructive reflection as a registered professional, preparing for lifelong personal and professional development. This will include practicing coaching and mentorship techniques, to support and facilitate the development of others on the programme; reflecting the culmination of your engagement in peer to peer education and buddying throughout the programme.

Research and Evidence Based Practice (Core)
Find out more

Research and Evidence Based Practice (Core)

This module will develop your understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how it impacts upon the provision of health and social care and shapes the processes of service improvement. You will gain an understanding of how to locate and critically appraise evidence, obtain an overview of different research methodologies and learn how to analyse and apply evidence and data. Ethical issues in research and the implications of planning service change will be explored.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

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 continued professional development.

Some of the assessments focus on theoretical knowledge and the application of theory, 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 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.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as group and individual presentations, performances or observed structured clinical examinations (OSCEs); and written exams, such as formal examinations, in-class tests, portfolios, or projects. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a half day selection event. This comprises of a short talk about our paramedic programme and an individual interview. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit our specialist clinical teaching facilities. We will expect you to know about the role of the contemporary paramedic and the progression of the paramedic profession. We recommend you visit the Department of Health and College of Paramedics websites, keep up to date with paramedic science in the media and read paramedic professional journals.
We will be looking for applicants committed to the paramedic profession. This must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement sections 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 category C1 driving licence by the end of the programme.

You will be required to submit a current reference on your UCAS application. This could include a reference from one of the following:
• Teacher/Academic Tutor (if you are currently studying)
• Line Manager (if you are no longer in education)
• Supervisor (if you are undertaking substantive volunteering or work experience).

We do not accept references from the following:
• Friends
• Family members
• Peers
• Work colleagues.

High fidelity simulation is a core pert of this course and students can undertake scenarios in the pre-hospital environment.

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.

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. Students are required to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while on placement.

The course has close links with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). EMAS are the placement providers for ambulance placements.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


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

* UK/EU: 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.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

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/]

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.

Other Costs

Students are required to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs while on placement.

In line with their preparation for a career as a paramedic, students should gain a full category C1 driving licence by the end of the programme at their own cost.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points.

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

Other requirements include:

  • EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each element.http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
  • Successful performance at an interview
  • Knowledge of contemporary health and social care issues, and the nature of nursing in a public health context
  • Understanding of written material and can communicate clearly and accurately in written and spoken English
  • “Settled residential status” in the United Kingdom in line with the requirements of the 1977 Immigration Act
  • Resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years
  • 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.

Learn from Experts

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

Sarah Christopher Paramedic Science PLeader

Sarah Christopher

Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Sarah is a qualified paramedic of 22 years experience, seven of which have been in paramedic education. She is the Programme Lead for Paramedic Science with research experience in both clinical and educational areas.


Your Future Career

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/.

There are career opportunities with various organisations, which may include the NHS, armed forces, and private ambulance services. With additional training and experience graduates can aspire to be a
team leader, service manager, or specialist paramedic, taking on more responsibility for treatment and decision-making in emergency situations.

Non-clinical careers may also be found in teaching, research, management and administration, health and safety, and training and development.

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/.

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Working as a paramedic is an incredible career where you can make a genuine difference to people. The Paramedic Science programme is an exciting opportunity for students to study in a realistic environment with excellent facilities, taught by experts with a genuine passion for paramedic education.

Sarah Christopher, Programme Leader

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 dedicated facility for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building includes 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.

The University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with further plans to invest in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings.


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.