Paramedics are at the frontline of patient care – working in dynamic environments and administering a range of often life-saving treatments to people suffering from traumatic injuries and/or medical problems.
- 7th for Paramedic Science in the Complete University Guide 2022.
- Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) enabling you to register as a paramedic upon successful completion (additional requirements and costs may apply).
- UK students will receive a payment of £5,000 a year through the NHS Learning Support Fund – this does not need to be paid back.
- State-of-the-art teaching facilities including mock ambulance, high-tech manikins, hospital wards, critical care settings, community housing and other real-life environments relevant to practice.
Why you should study this course
Paramedics are often the first emergency service on the scene. They can administer a range of life-saving treatments and provide vital information to people suffering from traumatic injuries and/or medical problems. This course aims to prepare you for the challenges that come with providing emergency and urgent care to an ageing and diverse population in pre-hospital and out-of-hospital environments.
- This course uses Coventry University’s ‘learning through exploration’ approach, where simulation and hands-on learning aim to develop your knowledge and understanding of the specialty. This includes the opportunity to use our full-size ambulance replica, with high-tech medical equipment and lifelike training manikins that simulate real patients with life-threatening conditions and various medical conditions.
- Through a combination of university lecturers, our excellent simulation facilities and practice placements with an ambulance service*, we aim to develop the skills and knowledge you require to provide safe and effective paramedic care in a range of settings. In addition to the medical knowledge needed to treat a patient, we also aim to develop your higher-level communication skills, teamworking, clinical reasoning and understanding of healthcare systems. We will introduce you to the international approach perspective of paramedic practice, examining different approaches to paramedic care from around the world.
- Using scenario and simulation-based teaching techniques you should become an active participant in your own learning. This approach is designed to help you to put theory into context, with the chance to embed a deep understanding of paramedic science.
- You will have the opportunity to be taught by a highly skilled academic team with a wide range of clinical knowledge and expertise in the paramedic field. This wealth of experience includes expertise in specialist areas such as Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP), Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), emergency midwifery, paediatrics, clinical operations and governance. The team has made contributions to the greater field of paramedic practice with conference presentations, book and journal publications relating to paramedic science and undertake key research projects into pre-hospital care. Please note that staff are subject to change.
- Another benefit of studying this course is our current long-standing collaboration with regional ambulance trusts who can provide opportunities for practice placement provision and mentorship*. Exposure to the clinical setting of a NHS ambulance trust is an essential part of your course and is designed to prove invaluable if you are considering future career options following graduation, for example as a registered paramedic (see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section).
- As part of your education journey, you will have the chance to use our bespoke classroom-based ambulance simulator, which will provide the opportunity to undertake realistic patient treatment scenarios and encompass an area of healthcare unique to the paramedic profession. The simulator should allow you to become familiar with the layout of an ambulance before you undertake clinical practice placements with a paramedic mentor*.
- Our clinical skills labs are equipped with a range of pre-hospital training equipment, Advanced Life Support manikins and equipment. We also have service-user volunteers who play the part of patients which aims to enhance scenario learning.
What you’ll study
Through a combination of university-based learning, using our excellent simulation facilities and university-sourced placements with an ambulance service, successful completion of the course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide safe an effective paramedic care in a range of environments.
In addition to medical knowledge you will also develop higher level communication skills, teamwork, clinical reasoning and an understanding of the factors which influence health. You will take an international approach, examining approaches to paramedic care from across the world.
Using scenario and simulation-based learning you will be an active participant in your learning. This approach helps you to put the theory in to context and embed your understanding of paramedic science.
How you’ll learn
Alongside traditional classroom-based learning, the paramedic teaching team make use of digital and online technology. Different lectures and modules are delivered in person or via an online video conferencing platform. When teaching clinical skills, we use a ‚flipped classroom’ approach and aim to provide you with all the pre-learning needed prior to a session. This should allow for a more comprehensive use of your time here at the university; a proficient and productive learning experience with hands on exposure in a controlled simulated environment, with the chance to use our high-fidelity manikins.
You will also undertake compulsory practice placements*, where you will be asked to respond to emergency calls and work in out-of-hospital settings, and treat real patients alongside registered paramedics and other health care professionals.
In a typical university-based teaching week you will have around 12 hours of interactive teaching each week. Whilst on placement you will be required to work approximately 40 hours per week, which may be during evenings, nights and weekends in line with the requirements of the paramedic role.
The course uses a wide range of assessment methods, including written exams and assignments, portfolio completion, poster presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Skills Exams (OSCEs), group work and viva examinations.
Our course is designed to prepare you personally and professionally for a successful career as a paramedic. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of practical and academic skills which you will put into practice on your placements.
Using scenario and simulation-based teaching techniques will help you to put theory into context. Using the ambulance simulator, community houses and other facilities will provide the opportunity to undertake realistic patient treatment scenarios before you go onto your placements.
Exposure to the clinical setting of a NHS ambulance trust during your placements is an essential part of your course and is designed to prove invaluable if you are considering future career options following graduation, for example as a registered paramedic (see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section).
International experience opportunities
The paramedic teaching team understands the benefit of having international experience and exposure to ambulance and paramedic practice from around the world. Our team has current international links with universities offering paramedic programmes and where opportunities present to gain international exposure, our students will be invited to join us (additional costs may apply). With the UK being a multicultural society, this course aims to prepare you with the insight needed to deal with patients irrespective of race, nationality or ethnicity, upon graduation.
In addition to the course offering opportunities for insights into diversity issues, Coventry University itself offers a fascinating multicultural experience both in terms of the proﬁle of its students and the local and regional community of ethnically diverse citizens who access healthcare and paramedic services.
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