School of Nursing and Midwifery

BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care (Intercalated)

Experience an academic year working in emergency care and gain an intercalated degree at the same time with the BSc (Hons) in Urgent and Emergency Care. Learn skills that will enable you to work flexibly as a healthcare professional across traditional boundaries to meet the needs of the healthcare community, whilst developing as a competent and adaptive practitioner, with specialist and transferable skills.

You will explore opportunities to set up placements within your locality helping you with the cost of living and development of important relationships in settings where you may like to work in the future. You’ll experience working in genuinely challenging clinical environments. You will also get prepared to lead teams in the future with a specific module on management and leadership, and practice skills that will be essential as you progress to becoming a consultant.

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Key features

  • Study with the only university to offer an intercalated degree in emergency care in the UK
  • Explore opportunities to set up placements within your locality helping you with the cost of living and development of important relationships in settings where you may like to work in the future
  • Experience working in genuinely challenging clinical environments; real-life experiences mean meaningful education
  • Get to grips with working and studying with a multi-professional team and all the insight that brings
  • Prepare to lead teams in the future with a specific module on management and leadership
  • Practice skills that will be essential as you progress to becoming a consultant
  • Deepen your research and audit knowledge, helping you to decide (with your emergency department mentor) what area of emergency care you will develop an audit in
  • Choose from a range of optional modules including paediatrics and mental health.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • This programme has a modular design and a flexible ‘blended learning’ approach to delivery. Successful completion of the third or fourth year of your primary medical degree normally means you are eligible to accredit prior learning up to 60 credits via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - please see the AP(E)L section of our website for further information on this process. You will therefore typically require just one of the optional modules (from the three available below) in addition to core modules UEC607 and UEC608 to achieve the BSc (Hons) in Urgent and Emergency Care. Please note: As a medical student intercalating, it is likely your prior learning will be accredited towards the ‘Understanding evidence to inform clinical decision making’ module HEAD360 (see APEL above).

    Core modules
    • HEAD360 Understanding Evidence to Inform Clinical Decision Making

      The module is designed to extend students' knowledge around evidence-informed decision making. This will be achieved through students identifying and evaluating a body of research-based evidence relevant to clinical practice.

    • UEC607 Urgent, Emergency and Critical Care: Leadership and Innovation

      This module will enhance the students' confidence and competence to lead and manage quality improvement and innovation in urgent, emergency and critical care.

    • UEC608 Evidencing Professional Development in Urgent, Emergency and Critical Care via (e)-Portfolio

      This module will enable the student to develop their professional practice in the provision of urgent, emergency and critical care. Evidence supporting the students' development will be collated in an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio).

    Optional modules
    • UEC603 Mental Health Assessment in Urgent, Emergency and Acute Care

      This module aims to increase knowledge and skills of practitioners working in urgent, emergency and acute care settings and who work with individuals experiencing mental health problems. It explores the principles and process of mental health assessment and the practice of determining appropriate intervention alongside prioritisation of client need based on the current guidance.

    • UEC604 The Child or Young Person Requiring Urgent or Emergency Care

      This module will facilitate the development of practitioners¿ knowledge and skills in the recognition and immediate management of children/young people requiring urgent or emergency care for illness/injury in a range of settings by increasing their ability to apply current research/evidence to practice and deliver holistic care to sick children and their families.

    • UEC605 Developing Expertise in Clinical Practice

      This module is designed to enable healthcare professionals to critically examine and develop in an area of professional clinical practice, in a range of settings. Taught workshops will guide the student, building on their pre-existing body of knowledge to further develop their skills in health assessment, clinical examination and clinical reasoning

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Urgent and Emergency Care 4976

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

Given the nature of the placement element, the fact that you will be working in an emergency department environment, and the point of academic entry into the course we are only able to take medical students who have successfully completed their third or fourth year.

The opportunity to intercalate is open to any medical student supported by their medical school - you must have written permission to intercalate from your medical school and show evidence via transcript that you have completed clinical skills and research to the level normally expected of a fourth year undergraduate medical student. If you want to find out more about the opportunity to pursue a BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care course at the University of Plymouth please email the Professional Development Unit at

Extended entry requirements

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information on fees and funding for this programme -

Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 586951 


Undergraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one.
To recognise continued academic achievement, you may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
  • 20% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 70% or above is maintained.
To be eligible you must:
  • achieve one grade above your academic offer.
  • meet our standard English Language requirements.

This scholarship will be offered automatically, providing you meet the eligibility criteria. A separate application will not be required.

Further information about Scholarships for international students

How to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

To apply for this programme please complete the application form and return via email or post to:

Professional Development Unit - Admissions Team
4th floor, Rolle building
University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA


Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available from our International Office if you are an overseas student applying to the University.

University of Plymouth intercalation

It’s a unique course – there’s isn't anything like it anywhere else in the UK. You’re in the clinical environment most of the time, normally five days a week.

Student insights

Studying a BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency care was the best intercalation decision I could have made and I have already seen the positive effect it has had on my practise in week one of year five!
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You will be required to undertake the following core modules and one of the optional modules (from the three listed below) as part of the intercalated programme:

Core modules

UEC607 - Urgent, emergency and critical care: leadership and innovation

UEC608 - Evidencing professional development in urgent, emergency and critical care via (e)-portfolio 

Optional modules

UEC603 - Mental health assessment in urgent, emergency and acute Care

UEC604 - The child or young person requiring urgent or emergency care 

UEC605 - Developing expertise in clinical practice

To make up the remaining 60 credits of the course, APEL can be applied in recognition of experience and skills you have already gained as part of your medical degree. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care – professional development pathway

We also offer registered healthcare professionals working in an urgent and/or emergency care setting the chance to study this programme on a full or part-time basis.

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