Paramedic Practice Degree Apprenticeship

The Paramedic Practice Degree Apprenticeship offers a new way to plan for your future workforce; investing in the training and education of your staff, whilst retaining their talents inhouse.

What is it?

In an emergency, the rapid response of the ambulance service saves lives. Paramedics play a critical role in the ambulance service, providing urgent care to the sick and injured.

BSc(Hons) Paramedic Practice Degree Apprenticeship enables you to train your ambulance service staff to become eligible to be a registered paramedic. Over three years, your employee will gain the skills and experience needed to become a paramedic, while in employment with your organisation.

Qualified paramedics can apply their expertise to a range of professional settings, from mental health emergencies to acute care for physical injuries.

Who is it for?

The apprenticeship benefits Ambulance Trust employers who want to train their current staff to become practicing paramedics. It’s a great opportunity for emergency care assistants or equivalent who aspire to provide emergency care in the ambulance service.

Your employee will qualify as a paramedic who is eligible to apply for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and will graduate with a BSc(Hons) Paramedic Practice degree, while continuing to work for your organisation. They’ll be ready to practice straight after graduating.

How will your business benefit?

This programme is designed to maximise the time your employee spends in your workplace. Apprentices work full-time, allowing you to train your workforce without them taking significant time away from work.

Your employees will develop the skills needed for a career as a paramedic, from communication and leadership to invasive practical skills. They’ll also apply clinical reasoning, critical analysis and problem solving in a range of professional settings, including acute and emergency care.

By the end of the course, your employee will have the skills and experience to practice as an HCPC qualified paramedic in your workplace. To date, our paramedic graduates have a 100% employment rate.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol have a proven track record of training successful, high quality paramedic graduates. Our tutors offer broad experience and expertise, from working on frontline ambulances in urgent and emergency care to helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and as Advanced Clinical Practitioners in Primary Care and Emergency Care settings. This ensures your employee will make a greater contribution to your organisation.

Your employee will also benefit from regular student support. They’ll attend regular tripartite meetings to discuss their progress with an academic and mentor in practice. This ensures they stay on track and get the most out of their course. Thanks to their open door policy, the paramedic team are on hand to provide guidance at a time to suit the apprentice.

They’ll also train in brand new facilities, including our new fully immersive simulation areas and two working ambulances. Your employee will learn to work under pressure and apply their skills in real-time emergencies, while gaining real-world experience in their workplace.

Course details

Throughout the three-year apprenticeship, your employees will study a blend of theoretical and practical subjects. These include basic and applied anatomy, essentials of emergency care, caring for children and older adults, psychosocial aspects of paramedic practice, pharmacology and health promotion and protection.

Year one provides an introduction to the paramedic sciences. Your employee will learn to apply anatomy and physiology to 3D models, while articulating medical terminology. This foundation of knowledge will prepare them for their placement.

Year two modules introduce invasive practical skills and develop knowledge of age extremes and psychosocial aspects of professional practice.

In the final year, your apprentice will gain more advanced knowledge related to emergencies, such as trauma and mass casualties, as well as advanced clinical assessment skills. They’ll be assessed by a research project, practice portfolio, written assignments and an online exam. They will also be required to complete an externally assessed end point assessment.

Apprentices will also complete non-ambulance placement activity. Examples include working in an emergency department, operating theatre and central delivery suite.

Accreditation

Successful apprentices will qualify with a BSc(Hons) Paramedic Practice degree (Level 6). By the end of their learning, apprentices will be ready to sit the end point assessment necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

Successful completion of this assessment will enable your apprenticeship graduate to apply to practice as an HCPC registered paramedic.

As the apprenticeship becomes more established, we will be seeking approval for professional accreditation from the College of Paramedics.

Duration and delivery

Apprentices will spend roughly 80% of the apprenticeship in their workplace. The other 20% will be spent developing knowledge and skills at university or within trust education facilities. This involves learning through a variety of online methods, including live and recorded lectures, skills videos and medical learning platforms, as well as self-directed learning.

Assessment takes the form of reflection and observed practical methods. For example, your employees will be assessed via Observed Structured Practical Examinations (OSCEs) and Structured Oral Practical Examinations (SOPEs).

They’ll also complete a dissertation, an online exam for pharmacology and a portfolio of evidence-based practice to complete their degree. They’ll also need to complete an apprenticeship portfolio and an end point assessment to complete the apprenticeship aspects of the qualification.

Throughout, a practice educator will assess your employee’s portfolio of competencies to ensure they’ve reached the required level of practice to progress to the next stage.

Typical entry requirements

The University’s Standard Entry Requirements apply with the following additions:

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in any section, (or equivalent).
  • Confirmation from employer that Occupational Health and Disclosure and Barring Service status is satisfactory (where this cannot be confirmed checking must be undertaken).

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about BSc(Hons) Paramedic Practice Degree Apprenticeship, or for more information about the Levy and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at degreeapprenticeships@uwe.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)117 32 81043.

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