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Darren Hawes

'This Teesside University course, facilities, modules, placements and lecturers create a challenging whilst thoroughly enjoyable programme for anyone with an ambition to pursue a career as a paramedic.'

Darren Hawes

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice

My initial appeal towards Teesside University primarily came from previous courses I’d undertaken at Darlington College, with open days and structured visits to the campus giving me a further understanding into the available programmes and facilities accessible to future students. The vast placement opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities for the health and social courses, particularly for the paramedic practice course influenced my decision to study at Teesside.

The BSc (Hon) Paramedic Practice course has a 50/50 split between practical placement environments and module-based theoretical work – it’s a great combination to ensure you are fully competent within your scope of practice as a highly skilled autonomous practitioner. The varied placement environments ensure I gain practical experience in different clinical settings in response to the unpredictable nature of the pre-hospital environment. Placement settings include the ambulance services, accident and emergency, theatres, minor injury units, mental health teams, paediatric wards, Great North Air Ambulance Service and many more.

The Managing Acute/Chronic Conditions across the Lifespan module gave me a profound understanding of the range of conditions that we face regularly out in practice. The conditions covered within this module represent a magnitude of patients that use the ambulance service, so gaining practical proficiencies and a thorough understanding of this subject ultimately enables me to manage and provide care for an extensive range of service users.

The overall campus facilities are great, there’s something for everyone from sports, social clubs, nightlife and the Students’ Union, which hold events throughout the year. Recent renovations and new campus facilities mean the learning environments are further enhanced both course specific and campus wide. Support is always there if needed; whether that is advice on future employment, finance worries or simply student life at Teesside University.

The University is situated very close to the centre of Middlesbrough, the train station and bus station, providing for easy and accessible routes travelling to and from the University. Students are always only a small walking distance from a range of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, accommodating students seven days a week. I commute into the University by car and find parking relatively easy with a mixture of long, short and free parking available.

Completion of this course will give me the qualifications needed to register as a qualified paramedic and, once qualified, there are a range of clinical settings I can work within, with my initial ambition to work within the North East Ambulance Service. I would certainly recommend Teesside University, as the course facilities, modules, placements and lecturers create a challenging whilst thoroughly enjoyable programme for anyone with an ambition to pursue a career as a paramedic.