Birmingham City University Paramedic Science

By | 21st April 2017

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Birmingham City University Paramedic Science

The modern paramedic is a registered Health Care Professional (HCP) who faces new challenges in a wide variety of situations, on a daily basis.

They must show initiative, demonstrate critically adaptive thinking, excellent communication skills and medical knowledge as the first point of contact in care provision for patients. Involving a combination of clinical placement and academic study, this three-year degree prepares you to practice as a paramedic and to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You gain the skills and awareness to perform effectively as part of an inter-professional, multi-disciplinary team; as well as in independent practice.  Join the largest regional provider of qualified staff to the NHS for health and social services.

What’s covered in the course?

The modern paramedic is faced with new challenges of working in a wide variety of situations, and must be adaptable, show initiative, excellent people skills and medical knowledge as a first point of contact for patients in stressful situations.

You will develop the interpersonal and communication skills that complement the science, medical based knowledge and clinical decision-making required to provide high quality, patient –centred care; making you an effective collaborative member of your professional team. Involving a combination of time spent on placement with academic study and personal development, this three-year course prepares you to practice as a paramedic and to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You gain the skills, confidence and awareness to perform effectively as part of an inter-professional team, as well as in independent practice.

“Simulations at University use Sim Man; you can feel for pulses, it talks and breathes so you can treat it as an actual patient. It gives you more confidence when doing your first patient assessments.” Shaun Kemp

Why Choose Us?

The role requires quick thinking, clinical decision making, initiative and great team working skills with an ethical drive to provide patient-centred care. You will;

  • Be trained to work both independently and with professional colleagues to develop interpersonal communication skills. Benefiting from close collaboration with clinical partners, the course offers the key skills of the discipline, and the encouragement to achieve your personal and professional goals.
  • Spend a minimum of 750 hours in clinical practice each year, alternating clinical placements with blocks of academic study and personal development.
  • Working alongside HCPC Paramedics brings you face-to-face with the realities of the role, giving a unique appreciation of the professional life ahead of you, supported by a dedicated teaching team, all of whom have many years of teaching and clinical experience.
  • Receive a variety of teaching approaches are used including simulations in our extensive skills facilities such as: hospital wards, an operating theatre, S.P.A.C.E learning facility (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement), our immersive classroom, fold-away ambulance and breathing/talking mannequins to practice patient care. An example of our online learning technology available 24 hours a day is the Virtual Case Creator (VCC) software, which recreates a range of virtual scenarios to experience the practicalities of patient operations, assessment and care

As part of a multi-disciplinary team our Paramedic students were first to scene with Fire Service professionals in a simulated Major Incident Event, supported by Operating Department Practitioners, Nurses, and Radiography students creating a hospital and surgery at the University for a day.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points. A typical offer would be BBB:

Level 2 qualifications which must be achieved PRIOR to application for all applicants except Access Students (Please see Access entry requirements below):
GCSE at Grade 4 (formerly C) or above in 5 subjects, must include English Language, Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science double/triple award.

Acceptable Science subjects GCSE Equivalents:

  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pass in Science, Applied Science or Health and Social Care)
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Merit or Distinction in Science, Applied Science or Health and Social Care)
  • Intermediate GNVQ in Health and Social Care (Merit or Distinction)

Acceptable English GCSE Equivalents:

  • Key Skills Communication – Level 2
  • Functional Skills English – Level 2
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy

Acceptable Maths GCSE Equivalents:

  • Key Skills Application of Number- Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths – Level 2
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Adult Numeracy

or

Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of five Ordinary levels at Grade B3 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.

or

Scottish qualifications
A minimum of five Intermediate Standard 2 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject.
Plus one of the following Level three qualifications which you may be working towards: (Except Access students – please see entry requirements below)
GCE A/A2 Level
120 UCAS points from a maximum of three A/A2 Level passes, which must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Science, Psychology or Social Science. A typical offer would be BBB. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted
GCE AS/A1 Level
120 UCAS points from a maximum of two AS/A1 Level passes, plus a maximum of two A/A2 Level passes at Grade C or above, which must include one of Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology or Social Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
GCE/AVCE Double Award in Health and Social Care
120 UCAS points from A* A* profile or combined with UCAS points from a maximum of one GCE A/A2 level. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.
BTEC National Certificate (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined one other Level 3 qualifications.
BTEC National Diploma (NQF) in Health and Social Care, Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
120 UCAS points from DDM profile.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
120 UCAS points from DDM profile.
BTEC Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
120 UCAS points from D*D* profile.

Acceptable only when combined with one other Level 3 qualification.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) in Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development, Science or equivalents
Acceptable only when combined with two other Level 3 qualifications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Minimum Grade 28 points required. Acceptable on its own or combined with other Level 3 qualifications.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced diploma
Core plus combined other Level 3 qualifications.
Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education
Minimum Grade B required (120).
The Open University K101 – An Introduction to Health and Social Care or equivalents
Completion of full year (transcripts will be required). Acceptable with another Level 3 qualification.
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Highers at Grade B3 or above.
Scottish Qualifications – Advanced Highers
120 UCAS points from a maximum of 5 Advanced Highers at Grade C or above.
14-19 DIPLOMAs in Society Health and Development
To be achieved in Advanced Diploma or Progression Diploma 120 UCAS points from an A Grade.
OCR National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Science
120 UCAS points from an M1 Grade OCR National Diploma or National Certificate in Health and Social Care or Science Grade D. Acceptable only when combined with two other Level 3 qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma in a Health and Social Care Subject
Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 30 at Merit or Distinction, of which a minimum of 24 must be in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2 which must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent if you do not already have these two subjects at GCSE.
Foundation Degree
Foundation degrees will be reviewed on an individual basis and will require a transcript of the content of the course.
Other qualifications:
Applicants’ qualifications that are not listed will be considered on an individual basis.
International candidates:
Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK students but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0.

All candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:

  • Attend a joint university/placement partner selection day.
  • Whilst not essential it would be beneficial for applicants to possess a full clean UK manual driver’s licence and where possible have provisional C1 entitlement added to their licence. Prospective students should be aware that whilst a driving license and category C1 are not requirements for acceptance onto the programme you should be aware that to improve your employability prospects following completion of the programme these should be considered as essential.
  • You must be physically fit and have the strength to lift and carry patients and equipment.
  • You must be able and prepared to undertake shift work e.g. night duty, evenings, religious festivals and weekends.
  • Evidence of good health and good character are required which are assessed by occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service report .
  • Candidates whose first language is not English are required to provide the original language test certificate to the Admissions Tutor as evidence of their proficiency and must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5.

Claims by students who wish to APEL are approved by the Personal Development Department on an individual basis.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you’re considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.