UCAS code B780
On successful completion of the degree you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
About the course
Paramedic Practice is an exciting and challenging degree course that offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to work as a paramedic. It has been jointly developed by the University of Brighton and the South East Coast Ambulance Trust.
The programme aims to develop articulate and confident paramedics who are able to make evidence-based professional judgements and deliver best practice to patients and their families. The programme will ensure you are prepared to practise safely and effectively, meeting the clinical competencies required by relevant professional bodies.
The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.
ABB. A science A-level is desirable.
DDD in a health-related subject.
Access to HE Diploma
pass (at least 45 credits at level 3) in health studies, nursing or science, with 30 credits at distinction.
Interviews will be conducted jointly by the South East Coast Ambulance Trust and by university staff. A preliminary telephone interview may be used to aid shortlisting. Candidates will be tested for physical fitness prior to the interview day by staff from the South East Coast Ambulance Trust. A literacy and numeracy test must also be passed.
The course comprises 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, with a strong focus on clinical skills development through twice-weekly placement with paramedics.
Areas of study
In your first year, weekly experience with ambulance crews is combined with study of the foundations of paramedic practice and an introduction to the physical, social and behavioural sciences. Essential clinical skills are taught prior to practice placement and across the year. Practice is assessed in placements across the year for each year of the programme.
In the second year, you will be taught the principles of assessment, care delivery, evidence and research and the education management of self and others. You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice within various practice settings in addition to your placements with paramedics. The clinical skills taught are more involved and relate to trauma-care responses and more complex patient management
Within the third year you will further develop your clinical practice and begin to make the transition to becoming a registered paramedic. You will also have the opportunity to complete a four-week international elective. This experience will provide you with an opportunity to explore paramedic practice within another European country.
Across the span of the course assessments include written assignments, poster presentation, reflective practice, exams, research critique and the final year's dissertation.
Introduction to Clinical Skills for Paramedics
Foundations of Paramedic Practice
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Paramedic Practice-Based Learning
Paramedic Care Delivery 1
Principles of Physical Assessment for Paramedics
Paramedic Care Delivery 2
Paramedic Practice-Based Learning
Skills for Specialist Paramedic Practice
Transitions to Registered Paramedic Practice
Paramedic Practice-Based Learning
You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:
Tuition fees for this course are paid by the NHS and students receive a non-means-tested allowance from the Strategic Health Authority.
Our Falmer campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Brighton. Approximately 7,000 students are based here.
Living in Brighton
Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.
Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.
The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.
Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.
I am the course leader for the Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons) degree. Alongside the teaching commitments for this program I teach anatomy and physiology, and advanced clinical skills on the pre-registration nursing courses.
I trained in Brighton and worked in Intensive Care and Cardiac Recovery areas before becoming Lecturer Practitioner with the Sussex Critical Care Network for Intensive Care from 2003 to 2006. Since joining the School of Nursing and Midwifery full-time I have been nominated for the ‘Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning’ award three times and was nominee in 2012 for the Student Union’s Achievement Award – ‘The tutor who has helped me to achieve more than I ever thought possible’.
I have been published in acute care fields within nursing practice and more recently in the specialist area of pre-hospital care. My research interests are in simulation in pre-hospital clinical practice and my current projects are in positioning the critically ill and simulation in paramedic practice.
I am a paramedic lecturer/practitioner for the Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons) degree and have been with the University of Brighton since 2011.
Alongside the teaching commitments for this program I hold instructor qualifications for re-hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support, Conflict Resolution and Emergency Teams Coordination. Additionally, as a link tutor I offer support for students and educators within the practice placement setting.
I joined the ambulance service in 1994 after graduating with BSc(Hons) from Royal Holloway University, London and I have undertaken a full range of operational duties from patient transfer to paramedic practice within the Brighton area. Since 2004 my focus has been educational development for both in-service and direct entry students. I have been instrumental in the development of programmes and the forging of Higher Education partnerships, contributing to core paramedic texts.
My research interests are in Higher Education graduate paramedic experiences. I am currently continuing my professional development by studying for a Masters award.
I am the module leader for several modules of the Paramedic Practice BSc(Hons) degree. Alongside the teaching commitments for this course (sociology, psychology, social policy, anatomy and physiology and simulation) I prepare student nurses for their acute clinical care placements.
My background is in acute medical and emergency care nursing and after several years of working as Senior Sister in an outer London emergency department, I moved into Higher Education. I commenced working at University of Hertfordshire in 2000 where I taught student nurses and paramedics, on both pre and post qualifying pathways of study. In 2003, I moved to University of Greenwich where I led the validation and running of the foundation degree from 2006 in partnership with the London Ambulance Service. In 2009, I joined the University of Brighton where I continue to teach both student nurses and paramedics. I have been part of the national curriculum guidance group for student paramedic education and as required, I represent the university at national professional body group meetings.
Since becoming heavily involved with the education of paramedics, I have edited the bestselling core student paramedic text, ‘Foundations for Paramedic Practice: a theoretical perspective’, the second edition of which was published in 2012. I have also co-edited the text, ‘Assessment Skills for Paramedics’ published in 2011, along with some journal articles.
I was nominated by students in the following categories for the 2012 Student Union’s Awards: teaching award for academic engagement (the most engaging lecturer who is exciting and dynamic, and makes the difficult easy) and the ‘Mastermind of Student Central’ award (the lecturer who uses Student Central to effectively engage students with their learning).
My research interests are in the ttransition from student to registered practitioner and simulation in pre-hospital clinical practice. My current projects are simulation in paramedic practice and leadership in paramedic practice book.
I find the opportunity to be there for and to help people from all walks of life, with all sorts of needs, to be both a privilege and tremendously fulfilling. The job makes me proud of who I am and what I do, as an individual and as a small part of the vast team responsible for a patient's care - and there's no beating that!
I love studying at Brighton too; the facilities, teaching and support being absolutely top class, and instrumental in getting my new career underway. The views from campus, looking out over the lovely South Downs, make coming in to class just that much nicer too!
If you are thinking about studying Paramedic Practice at Brighton my advice is do it!! The course team are amazing and the placements are second to none. I have grown so much as a person and as a clinician. Be prepared to work hard but also to have the best 3 years of your life.
The course is an excellent balance of theoretical and practical experience, enabling us to link theory to practice in order to become competent and confident practitioners.
The range of ambulance placements is well supported by specialist clinical placements in theatres, coronary care, mental health and midwifery, allowing us to learn from specialist areas of healthcare.
Exciting changes are taking place in today's NHS. Healthcare practitioners are learning new skills, working independently and taking on new responsibilities. Qualified paramedics are increasingly found at the heart of multidisciplinary teams. Career paths in the modern NHS Ambulance Trusts include specialist practice, teaching, management and research.
As a practitioner you can combine a number of roles and remain directly involved in client care as your career progresses.
The transferable skills you develop will open the door to a wide variety of future career opportunities both inside and outside the caring professions.
The School of Nursery and midwifery has an excellent reputation for teaching clinical skills with a dedicated clinical skills facility where students can practice skills in a safe and supervised environment. Courses are taught on the Falmer campus, and placements take place with the South East Coast Ambulance Trust and in a variety of other healthcare settings around a range of locations across Sussex including Eastbourne, Hastings, Brighton, Haywards Heath and Worthing.
Other student support services include the university’s careers centre, welfare service, a counselling service, chaplaincy and childcare provision. Students can also join the Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Society (NAMPS): our student society.
Practice placements are integral to your course and students may work in ambulance stations, ambulance vehicles, operating theatres, accident and emergency departments and specialist ambulance services.
Within the practice environment, teaching methods include shadowing, role modelling, demonstration, observation practice under supervision, reflective dialogue and discussion groups. This rich variety of settings gives you a comprehensive experience of Paramedic Practice.
Students who opt for the international experience can do so with one of our 27 partner colleges throughout Europe and the USA for a two to four week stay. For three month Erasmus exchanges, placements are in Denmark, Sweden and Spain with free access to some language preparation.
Centre for Health Research
The centre for Health Research (CHR) responds to a broad health agenda through research that spans the continuum from the study of factors maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing, to helping health professionals deal effectively with illness, disease and recovery trajectories.
The CHR prides itself on its European and international research links and these, together with its close association with NHS researchers through the co-located NIHR Research Design Service South East provide a vibrant environment for researchers and students who want to carry out research that results in positive changes to policy and practice.
As part of its commitment to research-led practice and a research-informed curriculum, staff from the centre regularly act as external speakers, advisors and experts to national and international bodies, as well as providing lectures and seminars internally. In addition, the centre's monthly seminar series provides opportunity for staff and students to debate and critique progressive research and methodological positions.
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