It was the unique placement year that Bradford offers that really swung it for me, the course looked great and the staff were enthusiastic about it too. Getting out in the dual crew ambulance is by far the best part of the course. That's what you join up to do, responding to emergencies and making a tangible difference to people's lives.
Learning and assessment
During the first two years of the programme you will develop the essential clinical skills which are aligned to the role of 'Emergency Medical Technician II', including advanced driving techniques.
At the end of year two of the programme you will apply to undertake a paid sandwich year, during which time you are employed by YAS in the role of 'Emergency Medical Technician II'. This will be a full time temporary contract and you will be paid in line with the agreed Agenda for Change (AFC) pay scales, according to Annexe U. This year is credit bearing and is a required element of the programme assessed on a pass/fail basis; however it does not contribute towards your degree classification.
In the final year of the programme you will return to university and ambulance service teaching facilities based teaching, and will deepen your knowledge and skills to become competent to undertake autonomous paramedic practice at the point of registration. Again you will undertake clinical practice placements under the direct supervision of mentors. During this final stage you will also undertake optional modules drawn from the Faculty's existing CPD catalogue, allowing specialisation in clinical practice, education, management or research.
Mode of delivery — Problem based learning, high fidelity clinical skills simulation, integrated practice placements and a sandwich year professional placement.
Learning outcomes — Mapped against the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards of proficiency for paramedics (HCPC 2014) as well as the College of Paramedics curriculum guidance (CoP 2015) and the QAA benchmark statement for paramedic science (QAA 2004).
The purpose-built Faculty of Health Studies building represents a £10 million investment in health at Bradford.
Our state of the art facilities provide learning environments and simulation equipment that mirrors those found in the NHS.
They are designed to provide the closest possible ‘real-life’ practical experience, under the guidance and supervision of our academic team of experienced healthcare professionals, allowing students to develop their clinical skills ahead of practice placements and employment in the health sector.