2022/23 entry

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

A900

Points required:

120

Campus:

City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829

health@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Paramedic Science at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • A wide range of quality placement opportunities
  • A programme delivered by HCPC registered paramedics
  • Supported in a multi professional learning environment
  • Excellent supervision and support in practice settings
  • Evidenced based education and learning
  • £5,000 per year NHS grant, plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children

About your course

The BSc Paramedic Science at Liverpool John Moores University gives you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become a registered paramedic. You will achieve the high standard expected of today’s health professionals, enabling you to work effectively at the frontline of patient care.

Working alongside other health professionals and emergency services, you will develop strong leadership skills and the ability to work independently, as well as being a member of a team. A good level of physical fitness is paramount as moving and handling of patients and equipment is part of the role.

Your placements will be in the most part with North West Ambulance NHS Trust (NWAS). They are the largest ambulance service outside London, providing emergency care for 7 million people across the region and responding to 952,000 calls each year.

As you progress under supervision, you will be challenged to adapt quickly as situations change. The course will help you develop the clinical skills, underpinning knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to care for people in distressing circumstances. Ultimately, you will have the confidence to work effectively and independently.

We utilise many practice areas within the Merseyside and Cheshire area, which include NWAS, accident and emergency departments, health centres, hospital operating theatres, maternity units, paediatric facilities, mental health facilities and critical care facilities. Each of these placements will add to your experience and development as a paramedic student.

We have excellent facilities within the university so that we can offer you simulated experiences to support your practice. You will benefit from multi-professional days when you will be working alongside and learning with midwifery and nursing students.

"As a student from Northern Ireland, paramedic science wasn’t a course that I could do, as no universities offered it. As a result, I looked over to England and Scotland for paramedic courses. Finally, I found Liverpool John Moores and instantly fell in love."

Christopher Algie, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science student

Professional accreditation/links

Successful completion of our Paramedic Science degree results In eligibility to apply for Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, giving you the opportunity to practice anywhere in the UK.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Additional course-related fees

  • You may incur additional costs for travel to placement and parking. Reimbursement for this has not yet been identified or agreed. 
  • Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so.
Not covered as part of the course or included in course fees:
  • Provisional driving licence
  • C1 Class driving licence training and test
Please read the driving licence information on the Entry Requirements tab. You can read more about the C1 licence requirement in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the College of Paramedics website.

Employability

91% of our Paramedic Science graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after finishing the course (discoveruni.gov.uk)

Once completing the programme, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. This registration will allow you to practice anywhere in the UK as a paramedic.

Once you are a qualified paramedic and you start to build your experience, you can begin to consider progression within your chosen healthcare setting, weather that is with an ambulance service, primary care setting or any other form of NHS Trust or private organisation. You can also develop wider skills and educational pathways, which would support your future development.  

The College of Paramedics offers advice and guidance on career and professional development and as a team we will be guiding and advising you.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

This degree will fully prepare you for practice. You will be able to apply for registration with the HCPC and feel confident in yourself as a practitioner.

You will complete modules to a total of 120 credits at each level of your degree. All modules are 'Core'; this means all students on the degree will study them.

Levels 4 and 5 are both split 50:50 between theory and practice. At Level 6 there's more of an emphasis on practice with a 40:60 split, helping to prepare you for employment as a paramedic. Increased practice-based placements will allow for a greater depth of service user medical assessment in primary care settings. 

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Structure and Function of the Human Body
20 credits

The aim of the module is to understand the structure and function of the human body and how it plays an important role in decision making for paramedics. 

Foundations of Communication and Professionalism
10 credits

The aim of this module is to encourage you to consider your personal and professional development. This module will offer a variety of study skills relating directly and specifically to paramedic practice.

Perspectives of Health
10 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the impact of health and illness on individual and population health. You will develop an awareness of how social, ethnic, gender and cultural differences influence health and illness.

Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness
20 credits

This module explores human anatomy and physiology by considering growth and development within the context of the human life cycle. It will enhance your understanding of human biological systems. 

Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment
20 credits

This module provides you with a theoretical base to understand the aetiology of a variety of common conditions and illnesses across all age ranges.

Introduction to Clinical Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the key attributes, including clinical knowledge, clinical skills and professional decision-making, required for assessment, treatment & management of service users in the out-of-hospital environment.

Clinical Skills for the Developing Paramedic
20 credits

This module will enhance your knowledge of key attributes such as clinical knowledge, clinical skills and professional decision-making to enable you to demonstrate professional conduct and to achieve clinical competence in the care, monitoring, support and treatment of service users in the out-of-hospital setting.

Level 5

Core modules

Research Methodologies for Paramedics
10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to undertake research in relation to paramedic practice. You will analyse the value of evidence based research in the development of health care practice.

Pathophysiology
20 credits

This module will explore human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology in relation to paramedic practice.

Promoting Professional Values
10 credits

This module will allow you to analyse the responsibilities that come with being registrants with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It promotes the professional values of being a Health Care Professional.

Applied Pharmacology for Paramedics
20 credits

This module will explore the impact of pharmacological interventions on the human body within the realm of paramedic practice.

Clinical Examination, Assessment and Decision Making
20 credits

Within this module, you will gain theoretical knowledge required to develop and support the clinical skills that you will be learning and utilising during the practice module and whilst on clinical placement.

Advanced Clinical Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to be able to safely and effectively demonstrate a range of clinical skills in the out of hospital arena with respect to the environment and situations encountered.

Managing the Critically Ill Patient
20 credits

The aim of this module is be able to safely and effectively identify and differentiate the critically injured patient, including those with an exacerbation of existing illness or disease, and ensure the appropriate management of patients with a time-critical injury or illness in accordance with current evidence-based practice.

Level 6

Core modules

Enhanced Clinical Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop and enhance patient assessment skills in order to form a differential diagnosis.

Expanding Research in Paramedic Practice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to expand and further develop the research knowledge and ability to design and produce a research study proposal. The proposal should direct you towards an area of study to inform your dissertation.

Dissertation
40 credits

You will undertake a structured literature review in an area related to paramedic practice. Your extended literature review will be informed by a research proposal.

Leadership as a Practice Educator
20 credits

This module will enable you to explore how to facilitate lifelong learning in others by developing your mentoring, teaching and assessing skills in the urgent and emergency care setting.

Paramedic Approach within an Integrated Urgent Care Service
20 credits

This module will enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the role of a paramedic within integrated urgent care and clinical assessment services.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

We deliver our modules in a variety of methods. We appreciate that students learn in differing ways and we have the experience and understanding to support each individual through the programme.

Work-related Learning

The wide range of placements coupled with the evidence-based learning will offer you a unique insight into the profession of the paramedic. By designing your programme in this innovative way, we are confident that you will successfully develop your skills, knowledge and professionalism as you move closer to the point of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

In addition, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor at LJMU, who will give you feedback on how you are progressing with your studies and help you to plan for your educational and career development. The university also offer wider support for all of our students if needed.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Kay Hughes

Kay Hughes

Programme Leader

Kay works as part of an amazing group of senior lecturers who form the Paramedic Team at LJMU. In addition to being the programme leader for BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science, Kay also teaches on BSc (Hons) Paramedicine and MSc Paramedicine. She spent the first ten years of her paramedic career operational in the Chester area before becoming a Paramedic Training Officer for North West Ambulance Service in Liverpool. Kay moved to LJMU in 2007 to help develop the paramedic programmes. Here, she completed an MSc Public Health and is now working on a PhD. Kay's research area is the menopause transition, and how paramedics define it, cope with it and manage it when at the “front-line” of healthcare.

"I enjoy seeing the passion, enthusiasm and caring qualities in our students. I particularly enjoy seeing the development of each paramedic student throughout their education and clinical experience in university and in practice, and I appreciate that every student has a unique journey through the programme. As every paramedic student walks across the stage at graduation each footstep reminds me of their student story."

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Part of the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design and deliver a dynamic suite of courses. In addition to specialist clinical practice suite facilities, you will find high quality seminar rooms, IT suites and lecture theatres, plus a café and social spaces. The School’s flagship Tithebarn Building adjoins the Avril Robarts Library, which is open 24/7 during semesters.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 120


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to application applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics GCSE or Welsh GCSE in Maths / The Welsh GCSE in Maths Numeracy. We will also accept the following alternative qualifications: 

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
The Faculty of Health will accept Edge Hill University's equivalence tests in English and mathematics as an alternative to the GCSE requirements. For further information, please go to Edgehill Equivalency Tests or email edgehilltests@edgehill.ac.uk . These must be passed prior to applying to the University

    A Levels

    • Minimum number of A Levels required: 3
    • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
    • Average A Level offer: BBB
    • Are AS level awards acceptable? Maximum of 20 points
    • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

    T Levels

    Merit grade in a health/health science/science based subject

    BTEC qualifications

    • National Certificate (RQF): Maximum of 20 points
    • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

    Access to Higher Education Diploma

    • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Further information: Access programme must be in a relevant subject area. Points can be gained from a combination of passes, merits and distinctions to a total of 120 UCAS points

    International Baccalaureate

    • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Additional information: 120 UCAS points required

    Welsh awards

    • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

    Irish awards

    • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
    • FETAC acceptability: The following modules must be achieved at Distinction:
    • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

    OCR National acceptability

    • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

    NVQ

    • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable

    Alternative qualifications considered

    OCR National Extended Diploma must be in a relevant subject area such as Health and Social Care, if no other qualifications taken alongside this.

    We accept Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) and Extended Project Stand Alone qualifications. We will also accept the new Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care grade B or above, or in combination with other relevant qualifications.

    Please be advised that we do not accept BTEC or any otherLevel 3 qualification in Children's Play, Learning and Development.


    OCR Cambridge Technicals

    • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own in a relevant subject area
    • Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    Will I be interviewed?

    Interview required

    IELTS

    6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

    International entry requirements

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    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

    Can this course be deferred?

    No

    Is a DBS check required?

    Yes

    Application and selection

    Securing your place at LJMU

    All applicants are shortlisted based on qualifications (achieved and/or predicted) in the first instance.

    Driving Licence

    All new applications received for September 2022 entry will need to hold a full driving licence. We also require you to have a Provisional C1 licence. This allows you to drive ambulances and other vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes with a trailer up to 750kg.

    You should include the status of your driving licence in your personal statement. Possession of a full driving licence with Class C1 is required for employment as a paramedic in many (not all) ambulance trusts and supports your employability.

    If you are seventeen years of age at the point of application then you cannot be expected to hold a full driving licence. Please ensure you mention this in your personal statement.  You will be expected to have passed your driving test by the start of your programme. Please discuss this with the Admissions Department.

    Please note: the full C1 element on your licence is required at the point of employment with an Ambulance Trust. C1 training is not part of the paramedic programme at the University.

    ​We are looking for evidence of understanding the wider context of the role, as Paramedic practice involves working individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The aim is to provide care, treatment and support to people who have experienced unexpected health problems.

    We want applicants to demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the profession, who will provide excellent care and treatment. We also require evidence of relevant experience in the field of health care. This may have been paid employment, voluntary or personal experience, but we will expect you to be able to communicate specific details of these caring opportunities.

    Applicants should demonstrate a strong desire to continually develop and improve their skills as a student and ultimately as a registered paramedic. In addition, essential aspects are excellent communication skills, good time management skills, a willingness to work flexible shift patterns.

    Applicants should demonstrate an ability to balance and combine academic study, clinical work and family/social life.

    LJMU are able to offer direct entry to the second year of the programme under existing RP(E)L arrangement given the proven relevant experience and qualifications.

    Please note: Due to the volume of applications, amendments will not be accepted once an application has been submitted; therefore applicants are advised to make sure each section is completed correctly prior to submission.

    What happens if you are shortlisted:

    If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection process consisting of an individual interview

    Other information:

    If successful, in addition to any conditions, all offers will be subject to:

    • Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination. We will contact you directly to undertake this.
    • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

    We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at www.disclosure.gov.uk

    In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions if successful after interview.

    We do accept RP(E)L dependant on case

    Important information about the programme:

    There is an expectation that you will fully prepare for employment with the ambulance service over the three years of the programme. You will be expected as part of the programme to complete a series of assessments involving moving and handling techniques. The assessments will be ongoing, in practice and within the university. This is necessary to ensure that you have sufficient physical ability to cope with extreme work demands as and when these occur.  The assessment will minimise the health risks or injury known to exist within low fitness groups when regularly engaged in  hard physical work. The university will offer support through theory and practice in terms of techniques, skills and equipment to be used.

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.