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FdSc Paramedic Science

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  • Objectives
    The Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2006 as a result of a merger between Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Services. The new Trust is responsible for delivering an ambulance service to a diverse population of over two million people in an area with a mixture of urban and rural environments covering nearly 3,000 square miles.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements GCSE: 5 subjects at grade C or above preferably including English Language, Mathematics and a Science. Tariff points range: At least 120 points in at least two A2 subjects. Access: Yes, 45 Level 3 credits.
  • Academic Title
    FdSc Paramedic Science
  • Course description
    Content

    The programme is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding which underpin the paramedic role and to develop the adaptive problem solving and decision making skills required in practice.

    The programme provides close integration of academic study with clinical practice experience.

    Interprofessional relationships are encouraged and developed during shared learning experiences on the communication, research methods and diversity modules. Research is an important module in the programme. As a new profession, it is recognised that the paramedic role and the field of paramedic science suffers from a paucity of practitioner based enquiry and research. This is seen as essential for the future professional development of the individual paramedic and for the paramedic profession.

    The Foundations of Paramedic Science Practice module runs throughout year one and provides a solid knowledge base for the more complex Paramedic Practice module which runs throughout year two.

    The programme is delivered over 42 weeks per year; of which 20 weeks are in placement. Blocks of teaching will take place at the university, this will be alternated with practice placements throughout the programme.

    Year one modules

        * Communication Skills
        * Exploring the Context of Health and Social Care
        * Concepts in Biological Sciences
        * Foundations of Paramedic Practice
        * Clinical Theory for Paramedic 1


    Year two modules

        * Research Methods
        * Living and Working in a Diverse World
        * Pathophysiology for Paramedic Science
        * Clinical Theory for Paramedics 2
        * Paramedic Practice
        * Physical Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

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