Access to Paramedic Practice
A Paramedic is a specialist healthcare professional who provides immediate response to emergency medical 999 and 111 calls. Paramedics are usually the first senior healthcare professional on the scene to deal with life threatening conditions to minor illnesses and injuries. Employed in the out-of-hospital setting you will deal with people at some of the most vulnerable times of their lives and can make a difference to help people in their time of greatest need. The job satisfaction is high because Paramedics give life, deal with death and everything in between. Our online Access to Paramedic Practice course can help you get started in this exciting career.
What are the university entry requirements for a Paramedic - Main entry routes are A levels or Access to HE
To apply to universities for Paramedic Practice, you should have, or be working towards achieving a relevant Access to HE Diploma in Health Science. Or, alternatively, 2 or 3 A Levels with at least one in a science area Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Geography or Maths. Universities can advise on their particular entry requirements and they also publish these on the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website.
With the A Level route, you may also be expected to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs. With the Access to HE Diploma route, you are normally only required to have 2 GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above. Access to HE Diplomas are aimed at adults 18+ returning to education who are aiming higher or make a significant career change. With Access to HE there are no upper age limits. The Diploma qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Access to HE can be studied from home via online learning or at a local college/academy.
To gain the required level of practical skills and technical competence to become a Paramedic, the time on your degree programme will be spent between theory and clinical practical work including, placements with the ambulance services. The theory part will be based within the university setting where you will have contact with other students and your tutors and attend seminars and lectures. The hands-on practical placements have a direct link to the theory and effective practice all of which is supervised by a placement lecturer.
What is the role of a Paramedic?
Within the Health care sector, this is a front-line role including diagnostic emergency care. They are often the first healthcare professionals to reach the scene of an emergency. Paramedics are trained to determine any urgent medical needs of patients are and provide care until doctors can carry out more specific and extensive treatment.
A Paramedic has the knowledge, skills and clinical expertise to assess and diagnose symptoms, treat patients by supplying and administering medicines. They discharge and refer patients in a range of urgent, emergency, critical or out of hospital settings. There are around 26,000 Paramedics employed in the UK today.
What personal attributes are needed to become a Paramedic?
- Paramedics respond immediately to 999 emergency calls that may involve any type of accident, disaster or medical emergency.
- Positive Team Spirit whilst being able to A high level of teamwork is required on an ambulance. You work with one other person for 12 hours. And even in that time, the two of you can end up assisting other Paramedics. It’s vital to have excellent critical thinking skills whilst remaining calm to evaluate problems quickly, using your best judgement to find effective solutions. The job involves a lot of physical fitness to help patients in different situations and helps to keep you fit.
What are the pay and working conditions?
As of 2018/19 Paramedic salaries start at Band 5, which starts at £23,023 plus an additional unsocial hours payment in most situations. In 2019/20 band 5 will start at £24,214 plus an additional unsocial hours payment in most situations, and, in 2020/21 band 5 will start at £26,970 plus an additional unsocial hours payment in most situations. As a team leader or for senior Paramedics who have undertaken extended skills training in critical care or trauma, salaries are at Band 6 and fall between £28,050 and £36,644. If you continue to work up to the level of consultant Paramedic, you could achieve a Band 8c salary of £59,090 to £71,243.
Paramedics typically do 37.5 hours per week, which are usually in shifts made up of evenings, weekends and public bank holidays. There are opportunities to work flexible hours such as part-time and job shares that may be available.
Did you know?
- Paramedics are the most highly qualified emergency medical responders, trained and equipped to deliver more care than basic level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or other rescue staff.
- The green uniform is the universal colour for medicine and health.
Enrol today on the Online Access to Paramedic Practice Course
If you would like to complete an Access to HE in paramedic practice with Academy Online Learning and obtain the level 3 Access Diploma in Health Science Professions for university entry, please complete the online enrolment form or contact us for more information by phone or email. Studying and achieving this qualification provides a flexible way of study as it is fully online and is recognised and accepted by UK universities.
How your degree is funded?
Studying to become a Paramedic allows you to apply for the standard student support package in the form of a student loan. Students on healthcare courses may spend time travelling far away from home for a period of time. Students on these placement courses are eligible for reimbursement of additional travel and accommodation costs during their time at university. Scholarships, bursaries or grants may also be available for example, through the university or your place of work.
This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You will research the university and look at the syllabus and the combination of academic and practical experience and delivery. You will address your own transferable skills and put them to use when writing your UCAS application. You can produce a practice UCAS form prior to submitting your application to UCAS. All the research relating to this unit needs to be contained in a portfolio. You can take this with you to demonstrate that you have carried out detailed research of the course that you have applied for.
There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of diseases comes with the notion of patterns in society where disease is prevalent. You will be looking at the nature of diseases and the changing patterns across society over time. By identifying diseases and causes, steps can be taken to reduce a disease. Public Health Agencies play a clear role in this; you will be given the opportunity to discover how effective these agencies are in promoting health.
There are many different methods involved in research and you will be introduced to some of these, for example; Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.
This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research a topical area and present an argument, analysis or evaluation, demonstrating that you can use the evidence you have researched to present ideas and empirical evidence to support the claims that you are making.. The set of writing conventions relating to an essay can vary depending on the subject area. You will be asked to read the question carefully so that you know what the question is asking. In identifying the key words you will be able to see what the main idea is behind the title. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to select relevant material.
Psychology Units (Graded)
This involves the localisation and function of the brain. The different methods of investigating the brain are considered, whereby the strengths and weaknesses of those methods are addressed. You will be given the opportunity to look at the interaction between the brain and behaviour in an example of day to day living.
Health Units (Graded)
This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be able to explore the different ways of breaking down barriers of communication and how some barriers are more difficult than others to eradicate. You will develop an understanding of the importance of listening skills and how empathy is a focal point of the client /nurse relationship. There are many forms of communication used to convey confidential information. There is a focus here to show how any breaches of confidentiality can have serious consequences.
There are a range of physiological disorders identified here in this unit. You will be made aware of at least three different disorders in detail from the onset and the processes involved in the diagnosis of the disorder including the tests involved in identifying the disorder and remedies to address the disorder and the care strategies used to support the individual on recovery. The roles and responsibility of health care specialists is also important in the speed of recovery and palliative care.
Biology Units (Graded)
The main theme in this unit is to develop an understanding of the hormone system and the endocrine glands. You will be looking at the principles behind homeostasis and feedback mechanisms involved in as blood sugar control. You will also look at the actions of hormones and the understandings of molecular processes in steroid and peptide action. You will be illustrating and giving accounts of the endocrine system and identifying the specific organs associated with the system. There will be an opportunity to discuss the medical use of synthetic hormones such as HRT.
Here you will be given the opportunity to explore the components and function of a balanced diet. You will be directed towards looking at what happens when there are deficiencies of a particular nutrient and you will be given the opportunity to identify common forms of malnutrition. Whilst collecting your evidence you will be explore the Alimentary Canal, identifying and locating the structure and function of the Digestive System and the processes involved in the digestive process.
This addresses the understanding of genetic inheritance including simple Mendelian crosses where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding with illustrations and give a robust account of autosomal dominant recessive patterns and co – dominance. You will need to be able to draw and interpret a Punnett square and calculate probabilities for a variety of monohybrid or dihybrid crosses and recognise inheritance patterns. There will be an opportunity to research and understand the chromosomal basis of sex determination and explain the intra species variations as a result of features such as the environment.
The skeletal system is the primary focus of attention in this unit where you will be given the opportunity to understand the function and structure of the skeletal system, the different joints and movement possibilities relating to joints. You will locate the regions of the spine and identify a number of bones in the human body. You will explore the muscle fibre action in detail and the mechanism involved in sliding filament theory.
This introduces the basic structure and function of the nervous system including the peripheral nervous system the autonomic nervous system and it’s subdivisions. You will also be given the opportunity expand upon your research and look at the nature of nerve impulses and the importance of action potential and the myelin sheath. You will also look at the principles of synaptic transmission, the direction of transmission and the effects of synaptic inhibition.
This looks into the organisation and structure of the body considering tissue types and DNA. You will study the various blood components, the roles and relate this to the circulatory system as a whole. You will cover the blood flow within them, the dynamics of the heart in relation to the needs of the body as well as the differences between plasma and tissue fluid.
This unit looks at homeostasis and the kidney as a homeostatic organ. You will be researching the kidney’s role in the balance of water, salt and pH and the effects of the environment on a cellular level. There will be an opportunity to give a detailed account of the kidney and illustrate its function in relation to the body. Kidney replacement is also a topical area. Malfunction diagnosis is a key consideration and point of investigation.