Our Diploma will give you the essential skills, knowledge, and attributes to begin an exciting and rewarding career as a Registered Paramedic.
You will learn about anatomy and physiology, the major body systems and the conditions that affect them, how to assess patients and identify life-threatening conditions, and administering life support.
You will also develop an understanding of the role and relevance of research, concepts of patient care, and legal and ethical principles relating to healthcare.
WHY PARAMEDIC SCIENCE AT SWANSEA?
We are the only provider of Paramedic Science training in Wales. Our course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, enabling you to apply for registered status on completion of the course. This is a legal requirement for anyone who wishes to practise as a paramedic.
Many of our teaching staff are also registered paramedics who still work in practice, providing an unrivalled combination of academic rigour and professional expertise.
If you can commit to working in Wales for 18 months after graduating, you could get your tuition fees covered in full through the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, as well as maintenance funding and a reduced rate loan from Student Finance.
YOUR PARAMEDIC SCIENCE EXPERIENCE
Our excellent facilities in the College of Human and Health Sciences include a realistic clinical suite so you can learn practical skills in a safe, supervised environment before using them in a real-life situation. You will also have access to realistic workplace experiences at the Welsh National Ambulance training centre.
Half your course will be taught at our Singleton Park campus on the edge of the beautiful Gower Peninsula and the other half will take place in key clinical placements within the NHS and at Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust facilities.
These placements will include working on board operational ambulances, as well as with colleagues in hospital settings such as theatres, and accident and emergency departments.
You will be joining a university that is in the UK top 5 for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018) and the UK top 10 for graduate prospects (DLHE 2018).
PARAMEDIC SCIENCE CAREERS
Most of our Paramedic Science graduates take up clinical roles, either within the NHS or the private sector. The NHS starting salary for registered paramedics is around £21,000 plus up to 25% unsocial hours payment. Private sector salaries may be considerably more depending on the setting.
There are opportunities for paramedics with the appropriate clinical experience and educational profile to go on to become Specialist Practitioners, Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, or Consultant Paramedics. There are also opportunities to move into management or education.