A Paramedic provides specialist care and essential treatment to patients of all ages in a variety of dynamic emergency and urgent healthcare settings. Very often the first emergency service and healthcare expert on scene, they can administer a range of life-saving treatments and provide vital information and support to people suffering from a variety of traumatic injuries and/or medical problems.
As a student Paramedic, this course will prepare you to face the challenges that come with providing emergency and urgent care to an ageing and diverse population in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital environment. This course aims to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a Health and Care Professions Council registered Paramedic after two years of study.
Successful completion of the course ensures that you achieve the required standards so that you are eligible to submit for HCPC paramedic registration.
Half of your course will be spent establishing a sound academic base to work from within the University. You will also undertake a compulsory practice placement where you will be treating real patients and working alongside registered Paramedics and health care professionals.
During your time at the University, we will concentrate on a number of core themes. We have the opportunity to learn about the communication and professionalism skills required of a Paramedic, while developing a sound underpinning knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and pharmacology, along with necessary clinical skills.
All of this will be supported by evidence-informed practice and proven clinical decision-making tools. We will cover all of these themes over the full two-year course, with in-depth focus on the academic and clinical practice needed to meet HCPC registration.
Why choose this course?
You will have the opportunity to learn from an academic Paramedic team with a wide range of clinical knowledge and expertise. This includes specialist experience of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and the Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) role. The team have also made contributions to conferences, books and journals relating to paramedicine, and are undertaking research in key areas of pre-hospital care.
As this course has been validated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), on completion you can apply to register as a Paramedic. This is a legal requirement to be able to call yourself a Paramedic and essential for employment in this role.
Another benefit of studying this course is our long-standing collaboration with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, who provide you with placement provision and mentorship. Exposure to the clinical environment within a NHS Ambulance Trust will prove valuable when you are applying for a position as a registered Paramedic.
As part of your training, you will also have the chance to use an ambulance simulator model, which can give you a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with the layout of the back of an ambulance before going into placement.
Once you’ve successfully finished this course you can apply to register as a Paramedic on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is a legal requirement for all those looking to practice.
International experience opportunities
The Paramedic team has international experience and exposure to ambulance and Paramedic practice around the world. Our team is developing international links and there may be future opportunities for you to gain international exposure as a student Paramedic (additional costs may apply). With the UK being a multicultural society, this course prepares you with the insight to deal with patients irrespective of race, nationality or ethnicity.
In addition to the course offering 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.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.
Paramedic graduates from Coventry University are much sought after by NHS Ambulance Trusts and the majority of our graduates have previously secured Paramedic positions even before they have completed their course. We work very closely with the West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust and many of our graduates who choose to stay with the Trust choose to work within the West Midlands or neighbouring ambulance trusts.
While most graduates initially choose to work in an NHS Ambulance Trust, the range of opportunities for a Paramedic is expanding. Careers available outside the NHS include event cover, forensic Paramedics and private ambulance services.
The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.
For those looking to continue their academic career, opportunities are available at Coventry for progression to a full BSc (Honours). Completion of this “top up” degree can be done at your own pace while in full-time employment. This can lead onwards to Masters, MPhil and PhD if you wish.