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Duration

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

29 January 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

UCAS Code

B781, institution code S49

Start dates

September 2021

This course received a 78.7% student satisfaction rating in the most recent NSS survey.

Paramedic Science BSc will enable you to train as a paramedic, providing immediate assistance to patients in the emergency out of hospital environment and to assess, treat and refer patients requiring urgent care.

BSc Paramedic Science is designed to develop you into an effective clinician who is capable of responding to and managing life-threatening emergency situations, from cardiac arrest to multi-system trauma. You will also cover minor illness and injury, as managing these types of patient calls, along with chronic conditions, are the main part of a paramedic’s workload. The programme will train you in out of hospital care, urgent care, mental health, social needs, maternity, chronic conditions, pharmacology and trauma.

The degree combines learning in the workplace with academic study. Students time is split between academic blocks at University (including simulated practice) and clinical placement blocks at the UK’s busiest Ambulance Trust and other practice placements.

Once enrolled on the course you can apply for student membership of the College of Paramedics, the UK’s paramedic professional body. This can be upgraded to full membership following graduation. Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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

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 for September 2020.

Highlights

  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • Spend on average 1,125 hours in practice placements.

  • Placement will vary between Ambulance trust shifts, hospital wards, theatres, A&E, maternity units, cardiac care units, intensive care units and a variety of community-based placements.

  • Students will generally undertake 525 hours on placement per academic year.

  • Interprofessional learning: our students learn alongside one another, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare workplace environment

  • State-of-the-art paramedic simulation centre comprising home environments, ambulances and interactive immersive rooms and clinical cubicles.

  • This course is awarded by St George’s, University of London, and taught in partnership with Kingston University, so you will benefit from a multi-faculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

  • Careers advice embedded into our teaching.

  • Senior lecturers are working clinicians still undertaking practice.

  • Guest lectures and speakers in specialist topics.

  • Access to Dissection Room and Pathology Museum.

Government announces additional £5k support funding to students on Allied Health degrees

Students studying Allied Health degrees at university are set to receive an additional £5,000 per year of NHS funding from September 2020. The additional funding will be provided on top of existing support, including student loans. The additional funding applies to new and existing students and does not need to be paid back.

The government expects the £5,000 maintenance grants to benefit around 100,000 students every year.

There will also be extra payments worth up to £3,000 per academic year for eligible students. These include:

  • £1,000 towards childcare costs

  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit

  • £1,000 if they’re a new student studying a shortage specialism important to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

Clubs, Societies and Community Projects at St George's

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Tuition fees

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Home (UK) tuition fees

Academic Year

UK (per academic year)

Total fee*

2021/22

£9,250

£27,750

*Tuition fees for Home (UK) students are determined by UK government policy. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course. Fees for second and subsequent years are likely to increase annually in line with UK inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI-X) and subject to maximum regulated fee rates set by the government.

For more information about fees, check our fees and funding pages, and read the UK government information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item 

Description

Admissions costs

DBS - £40
Post office verification - £5 
Administration fee - £6

Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

“St George's doesn’t just have incredible facilities, the calibre and passion of the teaching staff are also second to none. The majority of the department work as paramedics with a diverse background of specialisms, so they’re all bang up to date on current clinical practice and understand the job that you’re training to do.”

- Eloisa

Paramedic Science BSc

Entry criteria 2021

You must meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been completed within the previous five years, including the year of application.

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Nationality

Citizens of the UK, or those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, can apply for this course.

GCSEs

Grades

5 subjects graded C (4) or above

Subjects

Five subjects which must include English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science.

Additional information

We accept resits of GCSEs. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs.

A Levels

Grades

BBC

Subjects

Must include one science subject.

Contextual admissions

At St George’s, we want to attract students who share our mission to improve the health of society, regardless of their background. That’s why our Contextual Admissions schemes take into consideration additional information from your application, like the school you attended or the area you live in or if you have been in care, to make the admissions process fairer. Further details on Contextual Admissions are available here.

Additional information

A Levels must be completed within two years.

Accepted science subjects include: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology and Sociology

International Baccalaureate

Award

Full Award Diploma

Scores

5, 5, 4 at Higher Level (HL)

4, 4, 4 at Standard Level (SL)

Subjects

Biology or Chemistry (score 5 at HL)

Maths and English Language at SL

Access Diploma

Award

Full Award Diploma (in a science subject)

Scores

60 credits at level 3 (45 graded and 15 ungraded)

Grades

To include a minimum of 30 pure science related credits.

Overall 24 credits must be graded at Distinction and 21 credits a minimum of Merit.

Subjects

Pure science includes Biology and Mathematics related credits, excluding Sociology.

Additional credits

Any additional credits outside of the 60 credit diploma will not be accepted.

Additional information

You are required to have GCSEs in English Language and Maths alongside the Access Diploma as per the requirements outlined above.

Students studying an Access Diploma need to provide a detailed transcript. All units must be verified by the local Open College Network (OCN).

The Access course must be completed within the last 4 years.

Other qualifications

14-19 Diploma

Overall grade C in one of the following lines of learning, with an additional A2 Level in a science subject at grade C: Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering or Health, Society and Development.

Advanced GNVQ

AGNVQ Science at Distinction and Human Biology at A Level with a minimum grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma

DDM 
Must be in a science or healthcare subject.

BTEC Extended Certificate or BTEC Diploma

DM with a science A Level
Subject: Healthcare-related subject and supplemented with an additional science A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Six subjects at Higher Level, including 1 science at C1 or above.
English, Maths and Biology at Ordinary Level at C3 or above.

Open University

90 units at level 1 and 2.
Level 1: Exploring Science module, 60 units.
Level 2: Any other science, social science or healthcare-based module, 30 units.
If you do not have Maths GCSE A* to C, you will need to complete the Discovering Mathematics module, 30 units.
All results must be received and verified by us by 1 September of the year of entry.

University of East Anglia

Certificate of Higher Education in Emergency Medical Care, two years, 120 credits.

Birkbeck College Certificate of Life Science

Pre-2017: Merit

Post-2017: Minimum of 60%

Scottish Highers

Five B grades at Higher Level including English Language, Maths and Science

BBC at Advanced Higher Level including one Science

Undergraduate science or health-related degree

2:2 honours degree awarded in the past five years.

Other

Please contact us.

English language

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or St George’s, University of London to be ‘majority English speaking’ listed here, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements outlined below. Tests are valid for a period of two years.

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language Grade 6 / B or above.

IELTS

(International English Language Testing System)

7.0 overall (including 7.0 in Writing and component and a minimum score of 6.5 in the Speaking, Reading and Listening component)

You can take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year, and your test results are valid for two years.

Pearson's Test

Overall score of 67 (with at least 67 in Writing and at least 61 in your other 3 components).

Non-academic criteria

Work experience

We understand the challenges for our prospective applicants for medicine and allied health courses trying to gain work experience at this time, particularly in clinical settings.    

In response to the government’s social distancing guidelines, which have a significant impact on all areas of life, we have chosen to relax our work experience requirements for prospective applicants for our courses which would normally require these.    

Despite the relaxed requirements, we still require our applicants to have an understanding of the realities of working as a healthcare professional and to show they have the necessary skills and attributes for their chosen career. Online resources can give you valuable insight into working in the healthcare sector and outline the wide range of careers and courses available. You can find a number of suggested resources for each of our courses here. 

Personal Statement

Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the paramedic sciences, and an awareness of and interest in the potential career opportunities

Health and Police screening

Satisfactory clearance in both, including immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox
Enhanced Police Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Candidates accepted onto healthcare courses are required to pass an occupational health screening. When admitting candidates to study and practice as a health practitioner, we have an obligation to both patients and to the individual student. Candidates who are concerned about a health issue are strongly advised to contact us prior to applying. All offers of places are made subject to satisfactory health clearance and an agreement to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations.

Offer holders will be asked to be immunised against Hepatitis B for personal safety, and will receive a confidential health questionnaire and further information about the process of health screening if they firmly accept their offer. However, you may wish to contact your general practitioner (GP) to begin a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before  you receive an offer, as it consists of three injections over a six month period.

This course will include work with children and vulnerable adults so all applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. More information about this is sent to offer holders as part of the admissions process, but you can read more about DBS checks here.

Driving Licence

As a registered paramedic, you are not required to hold a driving licence. However, it will be easier to secure a job when you graduate if you do have a current driving license with no more than three points on it.

Professional registration

If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, you must provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practice investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. This will be reviewed by the admissions tutor and you may be required to provide full copies of related documentation. Any information you disclose will only be used for the purpose of considering your application to the applied course.

Voluntary and work experience

You should have work or voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field and be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of paramedic science. We consider anything that involves working directly with patients or people in need of care as relevant. Although clinical experience is useful, your work experience does not have to take place in a hospital. It can be paid or voluntary. We prefer hands-on work experience to shadowing. Working in a care home, hospice or doing community work with disabled adults or children are considered very relevant.

We do not specify a minimum amount of work experience and although you can use experiences from your past we always recommend that you include your most recent experience.

 

Modules covered throughout the three years of this course provide an introduction to the basic theories underpinning the health sciences, and specialist teaching in subjects related to paramedic science.

Practice placements form an integral part of the course and are completed in a range of ambulance and hospital clinical settings.

Once enrolled on the course, you can apply for student membership of the British Paramedic Association, the UK’s professional body for paramedics. This can be upgraded to full membership following graduation and registration with the Health Professions Council.

 

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Year 1

 

Modules/Placements

Taught

Science for Paramedics

Taught

Introduction to Paramedic Clinical Care

Taught

Applied Clinical Care for Paramedics

Taught

Paramedic Practice 1

Clinical

Ambulance and Clinical Placement plus Practice Assessment Document (PAD)

Year 2

 

Modules/Placements

Taught

Applied Science for Paramedics

Taught

Paramedic Management of Acute and Critical Illness

Taught

Professional Practice 2

Taught

Assessment and Evaluation of Mental Health in the Pre-Hospital Setting

Clinical

Ambulance and Clinical Placement plus Practice Assessment Document (PAD)

Year 3

 

Modules/Placements

Taught

Paramedic Approach and Management of Hospital Avoidance

Taught

Transition to Paramedic Practice

Taught

Evidenced-Based Practice for Paramedics

Taught

Paramedic Management of Minor Health Problems

Clinical

Ambulance and Clinical Placement plus Practice Assessment Document (PAD)

All successful candidates will be sent recommended reading as part of the offer, to provide some guidance prior to commencing the programme.

This course will enable you to train as a paramedic, providing immediate assistance to patients in the emergency pre-hospital care environment.

 

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Teaching and learning methods

Modules are taught weekly throughout the academic year in sessions spread over two to four days a week. In addition to face-to-face learning, students spend an average of 20 hours each week working online, assimilating information, performing activities and undertaking self-directed learning. Delivery may vary from one module to another, but we will ensure you are always properly guided and advised.

Work-based placements across London are interspersed throughout the three years. These elements tend to be in blocks and you will be required to attend shifts alongside your Practice Educator’s working pattern, encompassing both day and night shift patterns. These help students link the theoretical knowledge with your practical experiences, enabling the development of a high standard of patient care.

Assessing your progress

We employ a range of assessment methods for this course, including essays, reports presentations and exams as well as clinical practice assessments, case reviews and specific research topics.

Find out how this course is structured and assessed on the DiscoverUni website.

Paramedics can now work in a variety of environments including traditional 999 ambulance services, GP practices, walk-in centres, minor injuries units, helicopter emergency services, research establishments, and remote environments like oil-rigs and expeditions. While the NHS employs the majority of paramedics, some also work in the private sector.

Our Paramedic Science BSc Degree will prepare you for one of several available clinical routes – assessing, treating and transporting sick and injured people and helping individuals, families and groups meet their healthcare needs in an emergency or crisis. The majority of students will join an Ambulance Trust, however, some students may undertake roles in Urgent Care, as this is a developing area of practice.

Through the School of Paramedic Science you will be able to further your study with postgraduate education in a variety of topics.

Paramedic careers are hugely rewarding and form an integral part of the emergency healthcare workforce.

Covid-19 guidance

For information on applications, clearing, work experience and gap years, view our latest Covid-19 FAQs for prospective applicants.

Apply for this course through UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) by 15 January in the year of entry. There are no upper age limits, so we welcome applications from mature students.

 

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Application checklist

You must provide the following.

  • Full details of your Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) qualifications with grades.

  • Full details of your Level 3 (A-level or equivalent) qualifications with achieved/predicted grades.

  • A personal statement (more information about this document is available on the UCAS website). We recommend that you include in your personal statement a recognition that studying a BSc Physiotherapy will include practice and study in a number of settings.

  • An academic reference from your current or most recent institutions with predicted grades.

After submitting your application to UCAS:

  • log in to UCAS Track and make sure all your academic details have been included
  • if any subjects or predicted results are missing, email the admissions officer with your UCAS number and missing subjects and grades.

Deferred entry

We will consider applications from applicants who wish to defer entry by a year, provided you plan to use the time constructively. If you are offered a place on the course and subsequently decide to defer, you must inform us by 1 June of the year of application.

After application

We will send you an acknowledgement email and letter when we receive your application. Please make sure your email account is able to accept communications from St George’s as we will mainly communicate with you via email. Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview.

Decisions from St George’s will be entered onto UCAS Track and direct applicants will be contacted via email.

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

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Paramedic Science programme.

We will continue to deliver simulation and skills on site using appropriate safety measures. The twelve modules of the BSc will still be delivered in full and will use a blended approach to teaching and learning, including online lectures, seminars and simulated patients. We will use a creative approach to delivering all learning outcomes and will ensure an accessible, engaging programme which places student and patient safety at the heart.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. We will have alternative provision regarding assessments if this takes place.

Supporting vulnerable students

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. We deliver a mix of theoretical and practical sessions throughout the programme and are hoping that there will be no change to practical elements of the course. Large group teaching will be delivered online until January at the earliest in line with university policy.

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.  [Programme to add any specific details]

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. We deliver a mix of theoretical and practical sessions throughout the programme and are hoping that there will be no change to practical elements of the course. Large group teaching will be delivered online until January at the earliest in line with university policy.

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.  [Programme to add any specific details]

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

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and 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 without coming on to campus.

The programme does include practical elements that are delivered in our paramedic simulation centre. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

Current students

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

Although some assessments are designed to be taken on site, you will be aware that we have developed an alternative strategy to enable students to complete assessments remotely without coming on to campus.

The programme does include practical elements that are delivered in our paramedic simulation centre. These will run as planned in 2020/21 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.  There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change. If that is the case, we will endeavour to delay practical components of the programme to a subsequent semester (or year) to protect the safety of students.

Placement providers will continue to offer placements as they have in the previous years. Their capacity to offer placements may change if, in the event of a further outbreak of Covid-19, delivering care to affected patients becomes the overriding priority. For continuing students, it may be possible to delay placements to the next academic year to protect their safety. However, there is a possibility that graduation for some final year students may be delayed until they are able to complete all placements.

Additional costs

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have 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.

Current students

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above the normal level, as previously advertised on the course page.

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

Assessment methods

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. The methods that we use include formal written examinations, practical examinations and in-course assessments which might include essays, practical write-ups and special study reports, oral presentations and poster presentations. 

We currently expect to deliver all theoretical 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, formal examinations were taken remotely by students within at a time of their choosing within a window stipulated by us. If the government advice on social distancing changes, we will take this approach again.

Assessments where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner can only be delivered on campus. Assessments which test a student’s ability to communicate appropriately with a patient or simulated patient can also only be delivered on site. At this stage, we expect to be able deliver assessments of this kind on site. However, if government advice changes and the campus is closed, we will not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. In that case, it might be possible to have alternative online assessments in some instances, or it may be necessary to delay these assessments to the next academic year of the course to protect student safety.

Current students

Assessments where students are directly observed performing a practical or clinical skill by an examiner can only be delivered on campus. Assessments which test a student’s ability to communicate appropriately with a patient or simulated patient can also only be delivered on site. At this stage, we expect to be able deliver assessments of this kind on site.  However, if government advice changes and the campus is closed, we would not be able to deliver these assessments as planned. In that case, it might be possible to have alternative online assessments in some instances, or it may be necessary to delay these assessments to the next academic year of the course to protect student safety. If that happens, graduation for some final year students may be delayed until you are able to complete all assessments, because we have an obligation to our regulators to confirm that our students have met the clinical and practical outcomes for the programme before they graduate.

Award

The Paramedic Science programme is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have discussed the changes that we are making with our regulators who have confirmed that the programme continues to meet their standards. Graduates from the programme will therefore be eligible to apply for registration when they complete the programme.

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 the previous years, subject to their own health and safety directive. 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

We would really encourage all students to work collaboratively with the department to inform us of any changes of personal circumstances or difficulty so that we can support any reasonable adjustments and mitigate any concerns wherever possible.

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

Three years, full time

Application Deadline

29 January 2021

UCAS Code

B781, institution code S49

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