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Paramedic practisicing resuscitation
Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Paramedic Science

Full-time Paramedic science

Train to be the adaptable, pre-hospital health care professional that is a paramedic.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B780
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • Combine theory and practice to meet the modern day challenges of integrated patient care.
  • Learn to assess, stabilise, treat and manage patients at the scene of an accident or emergency.
  • Meet the future healthcare agenda through digital competence.
  • Study an integrated healthcare curriculum — learning with, from and about other healthcare professionals.
  • Apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Paramedics work in a variety of settings and deal with all aspects of emergency, urgent and social care. On this course, you’ll learn how to respond to a variety of conditions. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to enter this challenging but rewarding profession.


Student View

Watch student Jack Lockley talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Sharyn Edwards talk about this course.

Throughout the course, you’ll collaborate with students from other disciplines. This allows you you will learn with, from and about wider areas of healthcare that are relevant to your future profession. 

This enhances your employability skills, helps you to be challenged and develop in your chosen profession. These experiences will help you to transform the lives of individuals and communities, working in collaboration to solve real-world problems.

You will study at Collegiate Campus whilst undertaking academic modules and in a variety of service provider locations on placement.

You learn through 

  • lectures
  • self-directed study
  • practical sessions
  • simulation
  • group exercises
  • practice placement
  • interprofessional collaboration

Course leaders and tutors

Sharyn Edwards
Sharyn Edwards
Course Lead Paramedic Practice

Sharyn is a Lecturer in Paramedic Practice based within the Faculty of Health, delivering teaching on the DipHE Paramedic Practice course. She is the lead for Simula … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Throughout the course, you’ll undertake a mixture of clinical placements — such as at Yorkshire or East Midlands Ambulance Service — and in settings including emergency departments, pediatrics and operating theatres.

This enables you to gain experience and apply your university-based learning to real life situations. 

Networking opportunities 

You will have access to a variety of societies where you can socialise, meet other students and gain access to a range of continuous professional development opportunities. 

We have our own award winning paramedic society which provides exposure to various learning and social experiences. These experiences enhance your learning journey and introduce you to a range of partnership organisations.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in 

  • ambulance trusts
  • critical care
  • specialist or advanced practice
  • primary care 
  • research 
  • police
  • international settings
  • private practice
  • wilderness and remote medicine
  • media

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • London Ambulance Service
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Australia – Ambulance service
  • British Columbia Emergency Health Services
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Hull University
  • New Zealand – Ambulance Service
  • Yorkshire Hazardous area response
  • East Midlands Hazardous area response
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Education Department
  • Welsh Ambulance Service – Advanced practitioner
  • Dubai – Private practice

Accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and endorsed by the College of Paramedics. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC and to apply to become members of the College of Paramedics. You must be registered with the HCPC in order to practise as a paramedic in the UK.

Student's success story

Find out about how an emergency inspired Herpreet to become a paramedic.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with 

  • simulated environments
  • high fidelity simulation equipment
  • cutting-edge pre-hospital equipment
  • specialist manikins
  • an extensive specialist visiting lecturer pool
  • a dedicated learning and teaching support librarian
  • a specialist health and wellbeing learning resource centre
  • an experienced student support officer network

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

120

From 3 A levels which must including at least 40 points from either a natural science subject, such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics or a social science, either Psychology or Sociology, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (including suitable natural or social science modules). We do not accept AS levels or general studies.

For example:

  • BBB at A Level including relevant subject(s)
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s)

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

Or

  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, nursing or another science-based course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 credits should be graded at distinction level.
  • If you are in the process of completing the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care at one of our partner colleges and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional, we would welcome an application from you. Please note the different application routes below:
    • Completing the level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care means you can apply via UCAS to be considered for entry at Year 1 of your chosen professional degree
    • Completing the full two year FdSc to level 5 means you can apply to be considered for entry in to Year 2 of this professional degree. This is a direct application process in accordance with the partnership arrangement between Sheffield Hallam University and your college, not via UCAS. Please note that places to commence this course in Year 2 are limited.

Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually, and include previous degrees that are grade 2.2 or above

And

GCSE's (single or double) in

  • Science at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents***

*GCSE Science equivalents

  • OCR Science level 2
  • Science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma quualification
  • Science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
  • Science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

**GCSE Math's equivalents

  • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
  • Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

***GCSE English equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy
  • Level 2 Key Skills

IELTS

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration

Helping your application succeed

Experience

Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of a Paramedic. The NHS values are key to all our health courses. For further information on the standards required of students in the allied health professions please take a look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the paramedic profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a paramedic science course.

You will be invited to attend a selection event if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Immunisations

You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health and social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional- Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator for allied health professions on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Anatomy And Physiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Pathophysiology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Clinical Placement Theory And Practice 1 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity Credits: 40
Module: Clinical Placement Theory And Practice 2 Credits: 40
Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice Credits: 20
Module: Pharmacology For Practice Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Clinical Placement Theory And Practice 3 Credits: 20
Module: Paediatric And Obstetric Practice Credits: 20
Module: Professional Leadership Credits: 20
Module: The Advancing Professional Credits: 40
Module: Working With Complexity In Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Paramedic science courses (PDF)

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