Paramedic Science Foundation Degree / 2015
This course will enable you to train as a paramedic, providing immediate assistance to patients in the emergency pre-hospital care environment. The degree combines learning in the workplace with academic study and is delivered by St George’s, University of London and Kingston University in conjunction with NHS Ambulance Trusts.
Paramedic Science Foundation Degree Two years, full time Apply through UCAS code B780, institution code S49 UCAS deadline is 15 January UK and EU citizens may apply Accreditation: Health and Care Professions Council Highlights
You will spend 1,500 hours of your degree on placement with one of the busiest ambulance services in the world, London Ambulance Service (LAS)
Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK
This course is run by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, which is a partnership between St George’s, University of London and Kingston University. You will benefit from a large, multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered at St George’s
Careers advice embedded into our teaching Modules are taught throughout the academic year on two sequential days per week, although some modules do require attendance every day for a full week. Some modules are delivered online or at one of the ambulance trust education centres. A course plan for the year will tell you when you are studying on campus at St George’s and when you must attend a seminar at an ambulance centre. All the centres are based in London and are accessible by public transport. In addition to the face-to-face learning, students spend on average 20 hours per week working online, assimilating information, performing activities and undertaking self-directed learning. Delivery may vary from one module to another, but the team at St George’s will ensure you are always properly guided and advised. Work-based placements across South, West and Central London are interspersed throughout the two years. These help you link the theoretical knowledge you gain at lectures and seminars with your practical experiences, so you learn how best to deliver patient care.
The modules covered throughout the two years provide an introduction to the basic theories underpinning the health sciences and specialist teaching in subjects related to paramedic science.
Year one Weeks
Foundations of Paramedic Science One
Out of Hospital Care One
Paramedic Portfolio One
Year two Weeks
Foundations of Paramedic Science Two
Out of Hospital Care Two
Paramedic Portfolio Two
Assessing your progress
Hospital placement Ambulance placement We employ a range of assessment methods including: Assignments, essays, reports, multiple choice exams, presentations and clinical practice assessments.
This course prepares graduates to join ambulance teams – assessing, treating and transporting sick and injured people and helping individuals, families and groups meet their healthcare needs in an emergency or crisis. With further study, graduates may specialise in extended care, critical care, management or research. Through The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at St George’s, graduates can top-up their Foundation Degree with Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) modules to a Bachelor’s Degree. My course offers an ideal mix of university lectures and practical training with the ambulance service. I particularly like being able to link science to common procedures. For instance, to measure the heart’s electrical activity you need to understand a bit of physics, chemistry and biology. One of my most memorable days involved a 999 call to assist an unresponsive male whose breathing had slowed due to drugs. I was able to assist him with the help of my mentor, and when we saw him in the hospital later he thanked me. The reception we get from patients and the community alike is very positive. One night I went out to celebrate the end of term with my course mates; someone bought us all a round of champagne because they heard we were training to be medical professionals. A great start to a fun night out. Matt Saitch Paramedic science Second year
Entry requirements If you meet the minimum requirements set out below, you will be called for interview. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must be completed within a five-year period including year of application.
GCSEs or equivalent
Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units Level 2: Any other science, social science or healthcare based module, 30 units
GCSEs or equivalent
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry.
A minimum of five subjects to include English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Double Award Science
University of East Anglia
Certificate of Higher Education in Emergency Medical Care, two years, 120 credits
Birkbeck College Merit Certificate in Life Science Undergraduate Science or health-related degree
2.2 Please note places are limited and dependant upon availability in the Ambulance Trust. Graduate Entry, one year full-time.
A Levels or equivalent
If English is not your first language while studying, evidence of your proficiency must be dated within the last two years.
Other essential criteria > work experience > personal statement > health screening > police screening
If you do not have Maths GCSE A* to C, you will need to complete the Discovering Mathematics module, 30 units
If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However, we will not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in leiu of GCSEs.
A Levels or equivalent English language > IB > if first language > Access diploma is not English > Other qualifications
Citizen of the UK, EU or EEA or individual with indefinite leave to remain
A* to C Grades
Three A2 Level subjects to include at least one science subject, excluding Sociolog y. General Studies and Key Skills not accepted
(International English Language Testing System) 7.0 overall (including 7.0 in written element, and no section less than 6.5)*
67 overall (including 67 in written element, and no section less than 61)*
A Levels must be completed within two years, modular re-sits will be considered
*Applicants who have sat the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
Other essential criteria
Full award diploma with an overall minimum score of 24 Award
544 at Higher Level (HL)
444 at Standard Level (SL)
Work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field and an ability to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of paramedic science. For further information on work experience please visit the ‘Experience it’ section at tasteofmedicine.com
Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the paramedic sciences, and an awareness of and interest in the potential career opportunities.
Full award diploma
Health and Police Screening
Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.
60 credits at level 3
18 credits at distinction
As a registered paramedic you are not required to hold a driving license. However it will be easier to secure a job when you graduate if you do have a current driving license with no more than three points on it.
27 credits at merit
If you belong to a registered professional body, please provide details at interview.
Biology or Chemistry (Score 5 at HL) Subjects
Mathematics and English Language (at SL) Access Diploma
Subjects 30 science-related credits, specifically Biology modules graded at distinction (science-related diploma) or merit, excludes Sociology Additional credits
Any other Level 3 credits outside the 60 credits diploma will not be accepted
Applicants are now required to sit separate GCSEs in English and Maths in conjunction with their access course if you do not already have them to the required GCSE level.
Application and interview Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) by 15 January (the year of entry): ucas.com Interviews are held after the application closing date, and take the form of multi-mini interviews.
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Multi-mini interviews combine traditional-style questions with task-based activities, providing a high level of interaction and the opportunity to demonstrate more than just a taught knowledge of the field of paramedic science. For more information on interviews, please visit sgul.ac.uk and the ‘Scrubbing up’ section at tasteofmedicine.com
AGNVQ Science at Distinction and Human Biology at A Level with a minimum grade B
National Diploma (BTEC)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in a science or healthcare-related subject
National Certificate (BTEC)
Distinction, Merit in a healthcare-related subject and supplemented with an additional science A Level
Overall grade C in one of the following lines of learning, with an additional A2 Level in a science subject at grade C
90 Units at level 1 and 2
£8,000 p/a* *2014 entry fees are subject to annual review and change. Visit sgul.ac.uk for more information on student finance and the most up-to-date entry requirements.
sgul.ac.uk St George’s, University of London is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research. Sharing a clinical environment with a major London teaching hospital, our innovative approach to education results in well-rounded, highly-skilled clinicians, scientists, and health and social care professionals. As a constituent college of the University of London our students have access to a wide range of facilities and services beyond the campus in Tooting. We hope this booklet gives some real insight into completing a Paramedic Science Foundation Degree at Kingston and St George’s. In short, you can undertake a specialist undergraduate degree here on a hospital site in a thriving London location, leading, we trust, to an extraordinary future in the health professions. E firstname.lastname@example.org T +44 (0)20 8725 2333
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