BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Year of entry
Paramedic Science in North Wales and contribute to the care within Welsh communities during clinical placements.
On healthcare simulation with regular practical workshops to apply theory to practice.
learn and work alongside other Healthcare Profession students.
Why choose? this course?
If you wish to become a HCPC Registered Paramedic with a career in emergency and urgent care, making a difference to people's lives and contributing to the care within Welsh communities when they need it most, then this Paramedic Science degree course is for you.
- is accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- is endorsed by the College of Paramedics.
- is in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust .
- incorporates alternative emergency and urgent healthcare placements .
- integrates interprofessional teaching and learning.
- utilises the state-of-the-art simulation equipment and facilities at the University.
- includes numerous of opportunities for practical learning.
- is designed around a Spiral curriculum.
- is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme.
Paramedic Science atWrexham University
Thinking of a career in Paramedic Science? Hear from Programme Leader, Daniel Finnerty about our course at Wrexham University.
Key course features
- The course allows students that have completed and passed the programme to apply for professional registration with the HCPC.
- Fully endorsed by the College of Paramedics, confirms the course content and design is equivalent with their paramedic curriculum guidance.
- Study Paramedic Science in North Wales and support the care of Welsh communities and services during practice placements.
- The course features a practice placement partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which includes placements on ambulances responding to emergency and urgent care cases on shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Wales.
- Alternative emergency and urgent healthcare placements within the wider provision of health and social care in Wales are integrated into practice placements.
- Interprofessional teaching and learning with other Health and Social Care Profession students is integral with dedicated interprofessional modules each year.
- The University has invested in new simulation facilities including a bespoke Paramedic Science room, a simulation ambulance, and other simulated clinical environments such as the Health Simulation Centre and Tŷ Dysgu, meaning there are numerous opportunities for practical learning including regular clinical skills workshops and simulation exercises.
- Our Spiral curriculum means key concepts, such as life sciences, Evidence Based Practice and Professionalism, are presented repeatedly throughout the course, but with deepening layers of complexity and application.
- Student membership with the College of Paramedics is open to our student paramedics.
What you will study
In partnership with WAST, placements will be provided across North Wales on emergency ambulances throughout the programme. Alternative placements will include essential care for example care home and hospital ward areas, patient assessment areas such as Accident and Emergency departments and telemedicine placements within the Emergency Operations Centre and NHS 111.
Theory sessions will be delivered using a variety of learning and teaching methods utilising a blended approach, considering Wrexham University’s Active Learning Framework, including lectures, problem-based learning, asynchronous sessions, seminars, clinical skills and patient scenarios. Self-directed pre- and post-session learning and resources will be available for you to fully comprehend topics covered.
The programme builds in terms of academic level and professional responsibility as it progresses throughout the three years enabling you to become more self-directed in your learning with an emphasis towards the end of your programme on leadership and development as a registered healthcare professional.
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
In year one you will focus on thefundamental assessment, communication and clinical skills required to practice as a caring, kind, compassionate professional who values and respects the individual needs of the patient, family, and carers of all ages.
- Introduction to life sciences (core) - An interprofessional module which will introduce you to the structures and functions of the human body across the lifespan and the effects of disease, illness, injury, and well-being have on normal body functions
- Fundamentals of professional practice (core) – An interprofessional module that allows you to explore the professional standards expected of a paramedic by service users, healthcare professionals and the public guided by legislation and regulatory bodies
- Foundation paramedic placement (core) - Develop your ability to provide the core care expected of a functioning member of an ambulance crew contributing to the provision of patient-centred emergency and urgent care in the out-of-hospital setting
- Underpinning paramedic assessment and management (core) – Allows you to gain the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviors required to clinically assess and holistically manage a range of emergency and urgent conditions likely in the out-of-hospital setting
- Research 1 – learning to learn (core) - An interprofessional module where you will develop the ability to use a full range of resources available to allow completion of both academic and professional studies and to build skills in independent learning and research informed academic writing within inter-professional practice.
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
In year two you will build upon your understanding of life sciences and patient assessment and management and explore service users’ individual needs in more detail. You will also further develop your evidence-based-practice and research skills.
- Applied life sciences (core) – You will reflect on practice placement experiences and explore how diseases, illnesses, injuries, and well-being affect anatomy and physiology across the lifespan and the impact they have on normal body function
- Paramedicine and the community (core) - Discover the variety of service users encountered in the emergency and urgent care setting and how to deliver the most appropriate person-centred care that is adapted to their individual health and well-being needs
- Developing paramedic placement (core) - Develop appropriate patient-centred care and treatment plans, in collaboration with healthcare professionals, for the variety of service users encountered in the emergency and urgent care setting in a safe and professional manner
- Expanded paramedic assessment and management (core) - Further develop the assessment and management of service users and conditions encountered in the emergency and urgent care setting with enhanced holistic clinical examination, treatment, and managing skills.
- Research 2 – evidence in practice (core) - An interprofessional module that will enable you to systematically search databases for relevant literature to design a research project. Explore the value of service user involvement in the research process and develop an appreciation of the impact of socio-economic and political influences on research practice.
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
In year three you will further reinforce your knowledge, skills and behavior with the aim to become an autonomous registered paramedic with a sound understanding of leadership, decision making and evidence-based practice.
- Compounding life sciences (core) – You will investigate the impact combinations of chronic and acute diseases, illnesses, injuries and well-being have on the expected functions of the human body and how age, health and treatments can impact service users’ anatomy, physiology and welfare
- Leaders of paramedic practice (core) – You will analyse and apply a variety of theories and methods of learning, leadership and mentorship involved in being a professional paramedic registrant working alongside service users, colleagues, and the public
- Autonomy in paramedic placement (core) – You will demonstrate the independence and professionalism expected of a paramedic during the patient-centred care and management of service users within the emergency and urgent care setting. Ensuring appropriate management through alternative care pathways in collaboration with other health care providers where applicable
- Refining paramedic assessment and management (core) – Refine your knowledge and clinical skills needed to thoroughly assess service users and formulate the most appropriate holistic treatment plans dependent on sound decision making and evidence-based practice
- Research 3 – evidence in practice (core) - An interprofessional module where you will develop your ability to gather, critique, analyse and present data in an empirical/ literature-based context, appropriate to contemporary practice and appreciation of the value, application and limitations of research evidence in practice
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
Applications for this course are now closed for 23/24 entry
- 112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level which must include Biological Science or Physical Education subject.
Qualifications equivalent to A Level will be taken into account, including (for example) 112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to HE Diploma or level 3 BTECs (Science or Health Studies).
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), to include English/Welsh language, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above.
112 tariff points can be achieved from:
- A-Levels – any combination that totals 112 tariff points, for example, grades BBC
- BTEC- any combination that totals 112, for example, DMM from BTEC Extended Diploma
- Access to HE Diploma – any combination of Distinctions, Merits and Pass grades that totals 112
Suitable relevant health or social care experience is required.
Applicants to the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree will need to hold a full category B driving licence with a maximum of three penalty points upon enrolment onto the course.
A provisional Category C1 licence will be required upon enrolment onto the course.
Applicants will require an Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health clearance.
Non-native English/Welsh speakers will require IELTS at 6.0 with no band below 5.5 as per standard Wrexham University English language requirements.
An offer of a place is subject to satisfactory interview criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland) and health check.
Although the use of a vehicle is not criteria for admission onto the Paramedic Science programme, students should consider how they will be able to travel to the clinical practice placements that are a requirement of the course.
Clinical placements will be throughout all the years of study with external healthcare providers across Wales. Your term-time address will be considered during the allocation of placements however due to limited capacity and the importance of providing varied placement opportunities the nearest location is not guaranteed.
During the three years of study, you will change placement locations across Wales. This is so you can experience the various locations and communities WAST care for.
It is reasonable to be expected to travel up to an hour to practice placements and when it is longer than an hour, or you think the travel is too strenuous, then you will be required to book accommodation.
During clinical placement blocks, you will be required to attend shifts like those of your mentors working for services that provide 24-hour care 7 days a week.
Teaching & Assessment
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- Practice Assessment and clinical portfolio
- Written assignments
- Skill and scenario stations
Teaching and learning
The paramedic science programme is a full-time course, and the delivery will be organised into blocks which will be either on-campus in Wrexham or practice-based placements across Wales. During learning at the University, students should anticipate on-campus timetabled activities Monday to Friday between 09:30 and 16:00. There will also be a required amount of self-directed study before and after taught sessions.
Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
In concordance with the Regional Skills and Employment Strategy, this proposed curriculum ably provides key employer skills requirements (Leadership, Self-management, Decision Making and Problem Solving, Team Working, Professionalism, and Influence) and is set to meet the needs of the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) within the North Wales region.
Fees & funding
This is a Welsh Government Bursary-commissioned programme.
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for this programme providing you agree to work in Wales for two years after registration (subject to change).
You can see the full programme specification here.