BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science Induction Information 2019 - stage 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our programmes are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. 

As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the Induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen programme, introduce you the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city. 

Sara Demain, Head of School - Health Professions

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Induction timetable 

Tuesday 17 September  - All today's sessions are at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) 
10:30–11:00: Welcome to the School of Health Professions  (Heads of School and Faculty Dean) - LT1
11:00–13:30: Introduction to Paramedic Science and Icebreakers (Matthew Griggs, Programme Lead) - LT2
13:30–14:30: Lunch break - Students may use Common Room, Marjon Refectory or Sports Centre
14:30–16:30: Study Skills and Introduction to IT - Programme Team - LT2

Wednesday 18 September  - All today's sessions are at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC) 
11.00-13.00 Uniform Fitting  and Administration session - GF22b  Please bring your passport.
                           Card collection*** See below       
13:00–14:00: Lunch Break
14:00–16:30: SWASFT Paperwork, Basic Life Support and Skills Session (Graeme Delany) - GF22b
Thursday 19 September  - All today's sessions are at Drake Circus
10:00–12:00: Introduction to SWASFT - Cookworthy Building 502
12:00–13:00: Lunch break 
13:00–15:30: Placement Fair - Sherwell Foyer 
15:30–16:30: International Student Welcome (Karen Beaulie and UKVI Compliance) - Babbage 410
Friday 20 September  - All today's sessions are at Drake Circus 

09.30-12.00: College of Paramedics (Tristan Henderson) - Rolle Building 002
12.00-12.30: Lunch Break
12:30–14:30: Occupational Health* - MANDATORY - See details below - Babbage Building 403, 413, 415 and 417
14.30-15.00: Break
15.00-16.30: PALS and Q&A  Session (Matt Griggs and Ian Luscombe)- Babbage 410

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* Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on:

  • Friday 20 September 2019

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be available during your first day at University. One of the rooms will be designated as a reception. Please report to the reception room in the first instance.

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and course in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

** Uniform fittings

It is compulsory that you attend this session so that your uniform fits properly and is ordered in time for your placement.

*** Card collection

We cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport. Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.

If you are currently a student on a different programme and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo, please email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online by 17 September 2019 - this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 17 September 2019 - this allows your registration card to be printed

If you require more detailed instructions for creating your Open Site account and completing the self-declaration form, please see here.

Passport checking during 18 September 2019

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card, which you will need to access the University of Plymouth Library, Students' Union and free bus service between the University of Plymouth and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre.

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Suggested Reading List

In each module handbook there is a reading list. The module leaders consider these to be key texts for the development of the module.

You will find some interesting literature within these lists but remember they are not exhaustive.

New books and articles are published frequently and you are advised to keep abreast of new material. When teachers suggest either a book or article, please do not think you have to buy them all. The University's libraries are stocked with texts that will meet your needs.

On occasion, there will be a book that you will frequently refer to and possibly like to purchase.

For example:

  • Pollack A (ed) Fellows B (series editor), Woolcock M (series editor) (2013) Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Street 7th Edition Published by Jones and Bartlett, ISBN13: 978-1449649296, ISBN10: 1449649297.
  • Blaber A (Ed) (2012) Foundations for Paramedic Practice A Theoretical perspective (2nd Edition) Open University Press. ISBN13: 978033524387,ISBN10: 033524387-8.

The following are local stockists:

  • • Cornwall - Truro Bookshop, Royal Cornwall Museum, 25 River St, Truro, TR1 2SJ - Telephone: 01872 272185
  • • Taunton, Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ER - Telephone: 01823 337742
  • • Exeter, Waterstones, 252 Roman Gate, High Street, Exeter - Telephone: 01392 424822
  • • Plymouth, Waterstones, 65-69 New George Street, Plymouth, PL1 1RE - Telephone: 01752 256699
  • • Plymouth Waterstones, Drake Circus Shopping Centre, 1 Charles Street, Plymouth, PL1 1EA - Telephone: 01752 669898
We also suggest you try Amazon.

Some of the bookshops do offer a discount on course books upon production of a letter confirming a place on the course, or a University ID card once you’ve enrolled. Please clarify with the individual bookshop before you purchase.

Useful study guides - please go to our learning Development page.

Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.