Paramedic Science degree programmes at the University of Greenwich


Options for studyThe foundation degree (FdSc) and the BSc both follow the curriculum laid down by the College of Paramedics. The foundation degree is a diploma, level 5-type qualification, whereas the BSc is level 6. Both are three year programmes but the second and third years of the foundation degree are part-time. In these years, students spend half their time working for the London Ambulance Service as level 2 and level 3 practitioners respectively.The BSc programme, which is more academically focussed than the foundation degree, is full-time.The foundation degree has been developed in partnership with the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and meets the Health Professions Council registration standards for paramedics. Throughout the first year, students take up practice placements in local NHS acute and primary care settings, in addition to engaging in academic study.Students undertake an advanced driving course and also study vocational ambulance skills such as resuscitation, adult and paediatric, immobilisation equipment and administration of certain drugs.At the end of the first year of the foundation degree course, students spend five weeks on operational duties with the London Ambulance Service where they are assessed to see if they have reached the required standard to progress to year two.In years two and three, they spend six months working for the London Ambulance Service, three months on placement and three months split between studying at the university and at the organization's Bromley Education Centre, where they learn advanced paramedic skills such as advanced airways management, cannulation, intraosseous infusion, needle chest compression, advanced patient assessment and 12-lead ECG diagnoses.Both degrees include a course on Transition to Paramedic Practice, which is devoted to helping students apply for jobs. The university places great importance on supporting its students to find employment, and to date all of the university's paramedic graduates have been successful in this area. Course content of both courses is outlined in Box 1 and 2.Box 1.Foundation degree course contentYear 1Academic skills for health and social care: 30 creditsFoundations for effective practice: 30 creditsIntroduction to clinical sciences: 15 creditsClinical sciences: 15 creditsSkills for effective practice: 30 creditsPortfolio development 1Year 2Ambulance service work-based learning 1: 30 creditsPsycho-social aspects of paramedic practice: 15 creditsPatient assessment: 15 creditsPortfolio development 2Year 3Ambulance service work-based learning 2: 30 creditsComplex patient assessment: 15 creditsTransition to paramedic practice: 15 creditsPortfolio development 3Box 2.BSc Paramedic Science degree course contentYear 1Academic skills for health and social care: 30 creditsFoundations for effective practice: 30 creditsIntroduction to clinical sciences: 15 creditsClinical sciences: 15 creditsParamedic skills for effective practice: 30 creditsPortfolio development 1Year 2Paramedic practice based learning 1: 30 creditsEthics and law for paramedic practice: 15 creditsPsycho-social aspects of paramedic practice: 15 creditsLeadership in practice 30 creditsRelating clinical sciences to patient assessment 30 creditsPortfolio development 2Final YearParamedic practice based learning 2: 30 creditsComplex clinical sciences: 15 creditsAdvanced patient assessment: 30 creditsProject for healthcare practice: 30 creditsTransition to paramedic practice 15 creditsPortfolio development 3

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