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Duration

Part time, flexible

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

Qualified paramedics only

Paramedics with a DipHE or FdSc or paramedics without formal higher education award

Paramedic Practice BSc and Paramedic Practice DipHE is designed for qualified paramedics only. It is available for both paramedics with a DipHE or FdSc looking to top-up to a BSc or by paramedics without any formal higher education award.

The course is delivered by a large team of paramedics and other health care professional lecturing staff and forms an ideal base to enhance skills, knowledge and career prospects. The course design allows for you to choose modules to suit your career needs whether you are interested in eventually specialising in primary or critical care or interested in the broad range of patients contacted in paramedic practice.

The course is awarded by St George's, University of London and delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

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Tuition fees

This course operates as a part time, flexible programme that has been designed for working paramedics. Because of this the course is not currently eligible for support from Student Finance loan schemes. Therefore, you are required to either secure sponsorship from your employer or arrange for your own independent funding prior to applying.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

Covid-19 updates

We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

Highlights

  • Hospital-based campus with specialist paramedic simulation and teaching facilities.

  • Large team of experienced paramedic education staff with multidisciplinary members.

  • A range of different modules to meet your needs, including primary care and critical care.

  • Some modules use a blended learning approach to suit staff working full time, allowing you to learn from home where appropriate.

  • Flexible module selection designed to suit working staff.

  • This course is taught in partnership with Kingston University. You'll benefit from a large, multifaculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s, University of London.

The Paramedic Practice degree is relevant to two categories of qualified paramedics: graduates (DipHE and FdSc) and non-graduates (no previous higher education award).

Entry onto the level 6 Paramedic Practice BSc award is for FdSc or DipHE Paramedic Practice/Science graduates only. Paramedic applicants holding either of these qualifications can automatically enrol onto level 6 modules and will be required to study 120 credits to achieve the award of Paramedic Practice BSc.

All other paramedic applicants will be required to study 120 credits at level 5 to achieve the award of DipHE Paramedic Practice. They can then go on to access the Paramedic Practice BSc. Those applicants applying to study level 5 modules have to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Evidence of study at a higher education level. This will either be a degree in a non-paramedic subject or the successful completion of a stand-alone module. Typical examples include ECG or mentorship modules completed with other higher education institutions.

  • Evidence of successful completion of an appropriate access to higher education course

  • NVQ or BTEC at level 4 in a paramedic subject. Typically this may have been an accredited IHCD Paramedic qualification (Please note not all IHCD awards are credit bearing).

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs including English language, mathematics and science AND minimum 1 A level in a science subject studied in the last 5 years.

Alternative qualifications can be considered on application by the course director. The main rationale behind considering each applicant is to ensure that applicants have a reasonable chance of being able to successfully engage with all aspects of the course, which does employ academic writing as an assessment tool. We do not wish to set anyone up with an unreasonable challenge and with this in mind we may recommend that you complete some preparatory study before reapplying. This course is not awarded based on your valuable experience as a paramedic, instead it is distinct and bespoke academic award that examines paramedic practice and research in detail.

The course director may request that you submit an academic essay that will be marked against level 4 criteria to test your ability to be able to write before commencing this course. More details will be provided on application.

There are a range of modules available as part of Paramedic Practice BSc, with the option to tailor your module choices accordingly.

Below are a list of modules available that are delivered by the paramedic team and are designed specifically for paramedics. Please note that additional modules will be made available in the 2016-2017 academic year. Subject to change, these are likely to be modules in Mentorship and Leadership and in Environmental and Violent Incidents delivered at level 6.

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DipHE Paramedic Practice (level 5)

BSc Paramedic Practice (level 6)

Module title

Credit value

Notes

Cardiac Care for Paramedics

30

 

Clinical Decision Making for Paramedics

30

 

Evidence Based Practice for Paramedics

30

Mandatory for all enrolled students before completing the BSc (hons)

Resuscitation Theory for Paramedics

30

 

Paramedic Medicines to Practice

30

 

Healthcare Perspectives in Mass Casualty Management

30

 

Admissions Avoidance

30

 

120 credits are required at level 6. We also recognise the importance of being to study other modules delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCE). This allows you flexibility to specialise in certain subjects such as primary care. Although there is a broad range to choose from, up to 60 credits can be selected from the BSc Health Care Practice.

We recommend the following modules for students hoping to specialise in the primary care practitioner role, which are delivered by other teams within the FHSCE.

Modules from BSc Healthcare Practice

Level

Credit value

Notes

Clinical Reasoning in Physical Assessment (CRIPA)

6

30

10 face to face days

Minor Injury Management

6

15

5 face to face days

Student must first complete CRIPA

Minor Illness: assessment and management

6

15

5 face to face days

Student must first complete CRIPA

Apply for this course directly through the workforce development (CPPD) team.

How to apply

You will need to fill in an application form.

The application form and all supporting documentation should be emailed to: ppdadmissions@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Further guidance notes

You can apply for modules one at a time or identify a number of modules when you first apply. Either of these options can be included on the application form.

You can book onto a module up to 8 weeks before it starts.

If you are paying independently or have received direct support from your employer (ie they have paid you the money towards fees), then mark the application form as self-funded.

If you are receiving a bursary or sponsorship where your employer will be paying your fees, please mark the form with this highlighted.

For London Ambulance Service staff who have or will be awarded funds from the 2015 bursary scheme, please indicate what percentage of your total fees will be self-funded and what percentage will be drawn from the LAS pre-paid account. We will then cross-reference your name against a list of names provided by the LAS.

If you have any further questions, please contact the course lead by emailing alan.rice@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders and current students as more information becomes available.

Course content

The Paramedic Practice degree programme at St George’s will continue to offer a full range of modules for the upcoming academic year 2020/21.

However, due to Covid-19 social distancing measures on campus, attendance will be limited. There is minimal scheduled fact-to-face time and when practical skills teaching is a necessity, this will continue with appropriate safety measures in place. The mode of delivery for each module is listed on the Paramedic Practice BSc course page.

There is a possibility that the government advice on social distancing may change in the future and could restrict access to the campus; plans have been put into place, and we expect to be able to continue to deliver all modules of the programme in such an eventuality.

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Module changes

 

Module/component

Academic year to which the change will apply

Description of change

PS507Y/607Y Clinical Decision Making

2020/21

Online delivery

PS503Y/603Y Resuscitation Theory 

2020/21

Online delivery

PS607Y Evidence Based Practice

2020/21

Online delivery

PS501Y/601Y Cardiac Care

2020/21

Blended. online and on-site (simulation suite and dissection room)

PS514Y/PS614Y Paramedic Medicines in Practice

2020/21

Online delivery

PS513Y/PS613Y H/C Perspectives in Mass Casualty Management

2020/21

Online delivery (1-day elective placement)

PS615Y Admissions Avoidance

2020/21

Online delivery

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Current students

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to graduate without delay.

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we have developed an alternative strategy to enable students to complete assessments remotely and without coming on to campus. The Cardiac Care module includes practical elements delivered in our Dissection Room. Students undertaking the module Healthcare Perspectives in Mass Casualty Management have an elective day with a healthcare provider that plans and responds to mass casualty incidents, scheduled for May 2021. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to provide alternative sessions that meet the learning objectives of the module

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments which might include essays, MCQ, literature review and poster presentations. 

Formal written examinations take place throughout the year. At this stage, we expect to deliver these assessments as planned. Although some assessments are designed to be taken on-site, we successfully developed an alternative assessment strategy in 2019/20 to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus – for example, presentations delivered to an assessment team of senior lecturers via Big Blue Button. 

Award

The BSc Paramedic Practice programme is only available to existing paramedics currently registered with the HCPC.

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

For clinical programmes, placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in previous years. We will use our existing procedures for allocating students to placements.

Consenting to these changes

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

Part time, flexible

Application Deadline

15 January 2020

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