Health & Social Care

FdSc Paramedic Science


This course has been developed in collaboration with the Yorkshire and North East Ambulance Service NHS Trusts to support the career development of ambulance trust frontline staff, helping them transfer smoothly into higher education. Please note currently to access this course you must be employed by either of the two Trusts in a suitable role to enable work-based learning.

On successful completion of the course you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

What you study

The overall aim of this course is to develop the professional and academic skills of student paramedics.

Year 1 provides you with a detailed knowledge base appropriate to foundation degree-level study, giving you the opportunity to develop skills relevant to the field of emergency/unscheduled care.

You develop your understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology and gain an overview of patient care and management. You are encouraged to appraise and analyse your own communication skills and explore the theories and concepts that inform practice. Learning opportunities are provided for you to observe and demonstrate the safe practice of core competencies associated with emergency/unscheduled care.

The aim of Year 2 is to facilitate the extension of your knowledge, skills and understanding of paramedic practice. Learning opportunities are provided to allow you as a paramedic student to demonstrate safe practice of higher-level skills and core competencies with more complex cases associated with emergency/unscheduled care. You are also introduced to the concept of evidence-based practice.

Year 1 theory modules are front loaded in a block delivery system to ensure that you are deemed safe in essential core skills before you join operational services within the Trusts. Within Year 2 a slightly different approach to delivery is used with a mix of shorter blocks of study and practice placements. We ensure that you are prepared theoretically for the practice of advanced skills essential to paramedic practice.

How you learn

The course is delivered on site at the Yorkshire and North East Ambulance Service NHS Trusts. It consists of taught elements and clinical placements to enable you to achieve clinical competence. A variety of learning and teaching strategies are offered, including key note lectures, workshops, seminars, group work, role play, skills laboratory, discussion and self-directed study.

Key lectures are used to provide core underpinning knowledge. Seminars provide a key element in which you can demonstrate your knowledge and build confidence. Practical activities are used to provide the opportunity to practise clinical skills within the safety of a skills laboratory. This enables you to develop confidence in using a variety of clinical equipment under controlled circumstances. You are expected to use guided reading and electronic resources to broaden your knowledge and understanding.

How you are assessed

The course utilises formative, summative and self-assessment strategies as a means to promote self-awareness and learning. Assessment methods include written assignments, practical and written examinations, group and individual presentations, and case studies.

Professional accreditation

On successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to apply to register with the Health Professions Council.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment as paramedics. There may also be an opportunity to progress to an honours degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed by one of the two Ambulance Service Trusts, working in an appropriate setting to enable work-based learning.

The University entry criteria are that you must reasonably be able to fulfil the course objectives, achieve the required standard and benefit from the course. Applicants must have five GCSEs including English and mathematics or science at grades A to C, and one of the following:

  • GCE/VCE Advanced level, from any combination of A levels, AS, A2, AVCE, Scottish/Irish equivalent subjects. Science-based subjects are preferred.
  • Advanced GNVQ and/or BTEC - passes in all subjects. Health-care and science-based subjects are preferred.

You will be considered if you can demonstrate equal academic achievement through another qualification route.

You must show evidence of your achievement within the last three years, for example:

  • an NVQ 3 in a relevant subject
  • successfully completing an Access course
  • successfully completing a University course
  • equivalent to the above, including AP(E)L.

Acceptance on to this course is conditional on your application being supported by your employer, and that they are satisfied with your occupational health status and police clearance.

For additional information please see the undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements in our admissions section

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