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

    • Understanding Evidence to Inform Clinical Decision Making (HEAD360)

      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.

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

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

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

      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

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

      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.

    • Developing Expertise in Urgent & Emergency Care (UEC610)

      This module is designed to enable healthcare professionals to critically examine and develop in an area of professional clinical practice, in Urgent and Emergency Care. 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.

    • Mental Health Assessment in Urgent, Emergency and Acute Care (UEC611)

      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 issues. 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.

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 Programme Specification 2022 23 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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
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

Please refer to our person specification.

Extended entry requirements

Fees, costs and funding
Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £14,600 £16,300
Part time (Home) N/A N/A
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Health and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page:  Faculty of Health additional costs.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 586951 


How to apply

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

If you have any questions regarding the programme please contact

UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) removal of educational achievements for 2023 entry

We are aware that the UKFPO has released a statement to inform medical schools that they will be removing certain educational achievements – including intercalated degree awards – from the UKFPO application score for 2023 entry.

The value of our intercalated programmes in Urgent and Emergency Care and Critical Care extends far beyond creating a 'points-based advantage' for foundation year one applicants. As one of our clinical intercalated students, you will experience one academic year embedded in clinical practice, actively contributing to patient care with the support of a consultant mentor. 

In addition to this, you will receive specialist instruction and inter-professional learning in topics such as quality improvement, leadership and non-technical skills. We firmly believe that graduates from our programmes are well-prepared to care for patients and function as effective doctors during their foundation years and beyond. 

Please find more details in this letter to our potential students.

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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Placement information

 In 2021, we expect to offer a range of student placements across the UK, including some of the biggest and most dynamic NHS Trusts. 

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.

Candidates are given the opportunity to select their placement preferences following interview.

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Please note that available placements may change, and the map is for illustrative purposes only.

Want to find out more?

Hear about current student experiences and find out about the application process, placement tips and much more.

Max Sugarman

BSc Urgent and Emergency Care (Intercalated)
"I intercalated to get an opportunity to gain hands on experience in emergency medicine and build my CV. Plymouth was a great location and setting and I had a fantastic year full of opportunities to gain both clinical experience and make some great friends from the course. 

"You won’t have a better intercalated year!"

The highlights for me were to get involved in quality improvement and become part of a great ED team. I've gained plenty of experience, built better clinical knowledge and had great opportunities along the way. A years worth of invaluable experience. There isn’t a working day where you don’t use the skills gained.

Max is currently a FY2 at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. 

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.
Lauren Sleep, BSc (Hons) Urgent and Emergency Care (Intercalated) student

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!
Abi Turley

Abi Turley


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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.