New for September 2019: This programme is currently subject to validation and approval from the Health and Care Professions Council, and is therefore subject to change. This webpage will be updated if any changes are made to the programme.
Our exciting paramedic degree course will educate you in all elements of clinical sciences and practice. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a paramedic. You will get practical experience by working alongside senior paramedics on emergency ambulances and rapid response cars. You will also get a wider exposure through a number of other community based placements, such as in an Emergency Department or Doctors surgery.
You will be placed with the local ambulance NHS Trust and this will be within the East Midlands locality. You will be taught by both paramedic lecturers as well as other healthcare professionals, such as midwives, nurses and doctors. This is a busy course with lots of hard work, which is rewarded by an excellent teaching programme, other opportunities to work alongside pre-hospital care teams and practical elements.
Reasons to study Paramedicine at De Montfort University:
- Eligibility to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
upon graduation, enabling employment in a wide variety of clinical areas (subject to HCPC validation)
- More than 50 years’ teaching experience
in delivering high quality professional education to our diverse studentship
- Strong links and integrated work placements
with local health and social care providers allow you to put theory in to practice
- £12 million investment in our faculty’s facilities
including our purpose-built clinical skills suites which replicate real-life settings
- International experience opportunities
in the final year, as part of your final project, an elective placement is possible
- DMU is a university ranked Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
the only Government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Foundations of Ambulance Practice
- Assessment and Consultation Skills
- Foundations of Pathophysiology
- Accountable, Legal and Ethical Practice
- Simulated Emergency Care 1
- Applied Emergency Care 1
- Paediatrics and Child Health
- Social and Psychological Emergency Care
- Research in Paramedicine
- Trauma and Resuscitative Care
- Simulated Emergency Care 2
- Applied Emergency Care 2
- Urgent and Primary Care
- Paramedic Leadership and Legal Practice
- Paramedic Clinical Pharmacology
- Improving Paramedicine
- Applied Emergency Care 3
Teaching and assessments
Teaching and assessments
Learning is supported by a strong system of personal tutors and teaching teams, clinical work placements and enthusiastic mentors. Teaching methods include:
- Skill Labs
- Enquiry-based problem solving
- Independent e-learning
You will complete blocks of clinical placements 37.5 hours per week (average) and blocks comprised of theory and independent learning hours up to an equivalent of 37.5 hours each week. This means some weeks you may complete more hours than others, typically following the work rota of your mentor on that placement.
Students in practice placements are allocated a mentor to help develop and support learning.
A variety of approaches are used to assess theory and practice.
Practice is assessed through the completion of a clinical skills passport and practice assessment documents.
Theory is assessed through poster presentations, OSPE (practical) assessments, tutor marked assignments, written exams, literature reviews, case studies, e-assessments, numeracy assessments, team based learning assessments, essays and critical reflection.
Teaching contact hours
Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the modules you are studying. However, typically you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hour of tutorials or small group teaching each week
Medium group teaching: approx. 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Large group teaching: approx. 10 hours of lectures each week
Personal study: approx. 21.5 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
You will undertake compulsory work placements mostly in the NHS, working with a range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, developing your clinical and professional skills.
You will be placed with a local ambulance NHS trust and this will be within the East Midlands locality. However, we will not be able to guarantee placement location: this is dependent of mentorship availability.
You will be expected to work in both city and rural locations and this means you must be able to get there using your own transport. Placements start early in the morning, with an average shift being 12 hours long (so for example 0600hrs – 1800hrs, or right through the night, i.e. 1900hrs – 0700hrs).
Our graduates are highly sought after. As an applied subject, graduate careers would normally be within paramedicine, healthcare, education or research settings.
Our postgraduate courses also offer opportunities to progress onto further study, including:
Uniform and dress code policy
This course includes acute and community based placements; these are an essential component for completion of the course. Whilst on placement, students must adhere to the uniform and dress code policy of the placement provider. NHS Trusts and other placement providers have given careful consideration to cultural and religious needs relating to uniform policies / dress codes.
These policies / codes have been developed in conjunction with local and national cultural and religious bodies to ensure that local and national infection control guidance is adhered to. Whilst every attempt has been made to accommodate individual needs, there are some areas where the need to fully comply with infection control guidance has overridden religious requirements.