Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Hi! I am pretty sure I am going to apply for the Paramedic science degree course for the 2017 intake. I wondered who else was thinking about this?

    Anyone applying who is a little older? I would be 22 by the start date.
    What experience do people have?

    Good luck to everyone!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by bumbleberry95)
    Hi! I am pretty sure I am going to apply for the Paramedic science degree course for the 2017 intake. I wondered who else was thinking about this?

    Anyone applying who is a little older? I would be 22 by the start date.
    What experience do people have?

    Good luck to everyone!
    Hey! I am hoping to apply for a Paramedic Science course in 2017... I am going to be studying an Access to HE in Health, starting in September. I am 21 so I will be 22 by the start date too!

    I am currently working as a Care and Support Worker and I have applied to be a Community First Responder in my area. Do you have any experience and what are you studying/have studied?

    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    Hello i'm currently 22 thinking of going into paramedic science
    Coventry University has a paramedic science foundation course, what other course/degree would a person need to do before he can become a fully qualified paramedic? and how long is the course?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Hey everyone, Im Nick, I applied for Paramedic Science 2016 entry and got 3 offers and if I've met the grade requirements I should be attending BCU to start in September 2016. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask away.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by zaid16)
    Hello i'm currently 22 thinking of going into paramedic science
    Coventry University has a paramedic science foundation course, what other course/degree would a person need to do before he can become a fully qualified paramedic? and how long is the course?
    Hey there, Zaid

    At the present time a level 5qualification (DipHe/FdSc) is the minimum education standard accepted by the HCPC. The CoP wants paramedicine to be a graduate, level 6 (BSc (Hons)), entry only profession by 2019. So, at the present time you could become a paramedic by completing a Diploma in higher education or a Foundation degree. Preferentially a full BSc degree.

    A DipHE and FdSc both take 2 years to complete. A BSc takes 3 years.

    Nick
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    Hey, whats your opinion on those over 19 with experience as HCA's and CFR's applying at the same time as those of 17 with obviously limited experience. Does it usually put them ahead in terms of an application or do uni's appreciate the lack of experience. 17 in London applying for 2017 with hopes of SGUL as a firm.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by RyanRHwood)
    Hey, whats your opinion on those over 19 with experience as HCA's and CFR's applying at the same time as those of 17 with obviously limited experience. Does it usually put them ahead in terms of an application or do uni's appreciate the lack of experience. 17 in London applying for 2017 with hopes of SGUL as a firm.
    Hey there. Im a 19 year old with experience with SJA and as a CFR + have C1. From my anecdotal experience, it would seem universities looked favourably upon me for all my experience. I got three offers when I know many people younger who failed to get any offers at all.

    I would suggest getting a job as a Lifeguard or similar (to show a caring role) and then move into a role in SJA or with an ambo service as a CFR. I cannot recommend being a CFR enough. The experience is second to none. I regulrlary spend 30-45 mins on scene just me and the patient. This really allows you to hone your people skills as well as your clinical skills. You ARE going to get the big things (my first call was a cardiac arrest).

    Good Luck mate !

    Any questions feel free to ask

    N
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Nickko99)
    Hey there. Im a 19 year old with experience with SJA and as a CFR + have C1. From my anecdotal experience, it would seem universities looked favourably upon me for all my experience. I got three offers when I know many people younger who failed to get any offers at all.

    I would suggest getting a job as a Lifeguard or similar (to show a caring role) and then move into a role in SJA or with an ambo service as a CFR. I cannot recommend being a CFR enough. The experience is second to none. I regulrlary spend 30-45 mins on scene just me and the patient. This really allows you to hone your people skills as well as your clinical skills. You ARE going to get the big things (my first call was a cardiac arrest).

    Good Luck mate !

    Any questions feel free to ask

    N
    Thanks for the reply and congrats on the offers, where are they from? Do you think the procedure of turning away those direct from sixth form is fair due to naturally having less opportunities for experience?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by RyanRHwood)
    Thanks for the reply and congrats on the offers, where are they from? Do you think the procedure of turning away those direct from sixth form is fair due to naturally having less opportunities for experience?
    Thanks bud, they were from BCU, ARU and Beds. I took BCU as firm, Beds as insurance and declined ARU. I get how it can seem unfair, and I doubt unis will discriminate and I think they must take into account its simply not possible for an under 18 to get real clinical experience, but I think the main thing they are looking for is drive, rather than clinical experience. Join the College of Paramedics, read the Paramedic 2 study, study up, buy books, get a job doing something caring.....just do as much as you can to show that you are committed and that you want this more than anything.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    I want to go into Paramedic Science but starting college in September so I'm still quite far behind you guys.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Reachin4TheStars)
    I want to go into Paramedic Science but starting college in September so I'm still quite far behind you guys.
    You'll get there eventually....Join the College of Paramedics as an associate member, gives you access to loads of good resources.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Nickko99)
    You'll get there eventually....Join the College of Paramedics as an associate member, gives you access rot loads of good resources.
    Oh cool, ok.
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    Has anyone read any books to include on their personal statements. For example a Richard Dawkins book for an A2 Bio student. Also what work experience have you done (aimed more at Year 12 and 13)
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by RyanRHwood)
    Has anyone read any books to include on their personal statements. For example a Richard Dawkins book for an A2 Bio student. Also what work experience have you done (aimed more at Year 12 and 13)
    Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets (7th Edition)
    Manual of Paramedic Procedures (Gregory and Mursell)
    UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practise Guidelines 2016 (JRCALC)

    All good books to say you've got/looked through to demonstrate your commitment etc etc.....I also recommend you join the College Of Paramedics for £3.50 a month as an associate member, gives you access to a fantastic number of resources including the new British Paramedic Journal.

    Ta,

    N
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by lmb999512)
    Hey! I am hoping to apply for a Paramedic Science course in 2017... I am going to be studying an Access to HE in Health, starting in September. I am 21 so I will be 22 by the start date too!

    I am currently working as a Care and Support Worker and I have applied to be a Community First Responder in my area. Do you have any experience and what are you studying/have studied?

    Hiya, I'm in quite a similar situation to you. I just finished up my Access to HE (Health Professions). Unfortunately by the time I'd sent my application I didn't have much experience so I got rejected for 2016 entry but I should be more than set for 2017 and will also be 22 by then.

    By the time I started all my training, DBS, mindless bureaucratic waiting, etc. it was too late for me to use anything for my application but by next year I'll have been a CFR, an HCA and a SJA volunteer for about a year and a half - ample experience, I should think.

    Another thing I'd recommend is to try and get yourself on as many third mannings as you can. Responding is good, but there's nothing like doing a 12 hour shift with the crew and going to jobs that you wouldn't have been despatched to as a responder. Of course, it's also a great experience to learn from the crew.

    As Nickko said, JRCALC, Nancy Caroline's and other reading will be a good help. A good A&P book like Ross and Wilson is also vital. If you can, try to attend any relevant pre-hospital conferences that you can. Displaying knowledge of a reflective model and demonstrating usage is sure to impress and is useful for CPD.

    Lastly, as Nickko also previously mentioned in answer to another comment, although you could gain registration as a paramedic with a DipHe or a FdSc this would be a poor decision in the long-term as you'd find yourself barred from progressing on to more advanced roles such as being a specialist paramedic (ECP) or a critical care paramedic. Even for these, you wouldn't go amiss with a Master's.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tallhart)
    Hiya, I'm in quite a similar situation to you. I just finished up my Access to HE (Health Professions). Unfortunately by the time I'd sent my application I didn't have much experience so I got rejected for 2016 entry but I should be more than set for 2017 and will also be 22 by then.

    By the time I started all my training, DBS, mindless bureaucratic waiting, etc. it was too late for me to use anything for my application but by next year I'll have been a CFR, an HCA and a SJA volunteer for about a year and a half - ample experience, I should think.

    Another thing I'd recommend is to try and get yourself on as many third mannings as you can. Responding is good, but there's nothing like doing a 12 hour shift with the crew and going to jobs that you wouldn't have been despatched to as a responder. Of course, it's also a great experience to learn from the crew.

    As Nickko said, JRCALC, Nancy Caroline's and other reading will be a good help. A good A&P book like Ross and Wilson is also vital. If you can, try to attend any relevant pre-hospital conferences that you can. Displaying knowledge of a reflective model and demonstrating usage is sure to impress and is useful for CPD.

    Lastly, as Nickko also previously mentioned in answer to another comment, although you could gain registration as a paramedic with a DipHe or a FdSc this would be a poor decision in the long-term as you'd find yourself barred from progressing on to more advanced roles such as being a specialist paramedic (ECP) or a critical care paramedic. Even for these, you wouldn't go amiss with a Master's.
    How would only having a DipHe hinder you in your progression, I don't see why the college of paramedics would prefer a degree over a diploma, granted it is one year less of training but all the core modules are still taught and it would mean I could go and gain more experience if needs be.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by lewislloyd)
    How would only having a DipHe hinder you in your progression, I don't see why the college of paramedics would prefer a degree over a diploma, granted it is one year less of training but all the core modules are still taught and it would mean I could go and gain more experience if needs be.
    Have a look at this framework from the College of Paramedics: https://www.collegeofparamedics.co.u...reer-framework

    The profession is moving towards the BSc being the standard and if you wanted to be a specialist paramedic, or a CCP you'd be in the position of having to top up to a BSc, and even to a Masters for certain roles.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by lewislloyd)
    How would only having a DipHe hinder you in your progression, I don't see why the college of paramedics would prefer a degree over a diploma, granted it is one year less of training but all the core modules are still taught and it would mean I could go and gain more experience if needs be.
    As the other user has stated, Ive attached the CoP career framework in relation to academic qualifications. Recently they released a statement saying that they are looking for it to be BSc (Hons) entry only by 2019.
    Attached Images
     
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Nickko99)
    As the other user has stated, Ive attached the CoP career framework in relation to academic qualifications. Recently they released a statement saying that they are looking for it to be BSc (Hons) entry only by 2019.
    Thanks, I still don't see how having a bachelors puts you ahead of someone with a diploma, but that is governing bodies for you
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi There, I will be joining you in September 2016 are you staying in uni accommodation ?
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: October 6, 2017
Poll
Do you agree with the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.