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Applied Paramedic Science

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Allied Health Professions
Two years
Programme leader:
Jason Brooke
Key fact:
Building on the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science, this exciting new course is designed for practicing paramedics who want to advance their skills to meet changing demands within the out-of-hospital emergency and urgent care clinical fields.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Applied Paramedic Science?

This exciting course is designed for Health and Care Professions Council registered paramedics who have qualified through FdSc orInstitute of Healthcare and Development (IHCD) routes and want to develop contemporary knowledge and specialist skills to meet the changing demands of practice. The course addresses a diverse range of paramedic skills, from pre-hospital trauma to contemporary practice within primary care. With an increased emphasis on alternative care pathways within the NHS, the course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to make timely, well-supported clinical decisions that deliver the best possible patient care.

Why study our course?

BSc(Hons) Applied Paramedic Science at UWE Bristol is a unique course created to address the vocational, educational, personal and professional needs of qualified paramedics. As well as building knowledge of advanced and specialist clinical practice, the course will help you develop strong leadership and interpersonal skills, along with the problem-solving and decision-making abilities required for a variety of modern paramedic roles. With outstanding onsite facilities, our innovative and expansive curriculum is taught by a dynamic, supportive team including practicing specialist paramedics, critical care doctors, pharmacists, cardiac nurse specialists and emergency department consultants.

Real-world experience

Designed by and for practicing paramedics, the course has a strong emphasis on using case-based learning and practice scenarios that reflect real-world clinical presentations. With a good theory to practical ratio, you'll be able to apply new skills and understanding directly into practice as you progress through the course. The content incorporates a combination of theory, evidence-based learning, case-based learning, practical skill development and simulation. 

Where it can take you

Specialist paramedics are becoming a pivotal resource within the contemporary NHS and new roles are emerging in response to the service delivery meeting this demand. With specialist areas of practice, such as emergency care practitioners, critical care paramedics and medical personnel within HART, becoming widely available, the course develops common skills and will enhance your CV and employment opportunities.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



You will study the following modules:

  • Advanced Pre-Hospital Trauma Management
  • Contemporary Paramedic Practice in Urgent Care
  • Advancing Paramedic Practice
  • Applied Paramedic Pharmacology
  • Evidencing Contemporary Paramedic Practice

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course has been designed as a blended learning course. This means there are face-to-face teaching days at Glenside that comprise master classes, practical workshops and online learning days. These are designed to be interactive and also give you access to full text articles and documents, websites and online quizzes, and additional resources.

The idea behind a blended learning approach is that it will give you a much more flexible approach to learning than simply attending the university. We have found that this enables access to modules, if based further away from the university. It will also give you the opportunity to manage your time in a more flexible way. It can be difficult to juggle being a student, working full or part-time (and working nights!) and also having a life outside work. This approach has been designed to help you achieve all of this.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Modules are assessed through a wide range of methods, including written examinations and professional practice assessments.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Teaching and learning facilities at UWE Bristol are outstanding. The Glenside campus library is acknowledged as one of the best healthcare libraries in the country and will enable you to support your studies with a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and access to specialist health and social care software packages. The course has a practical focus and our Inter-professional skills simulation suite provides excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies.

Professional body

The College of Paramedics is the professional body for paramedics. This website provides information for prospective students and qualified paramedics.


Careers / Further study

Paramedic practice is a growing area in the NHS, with new positions and responsibilities constantly being introduced. Career opportunities for paramedics have expanded with the development of specialist roles, such as the emergency care practitioner and the critical care paramedic. Paramedics undertaking these roles need to demonstrate a range of well-developed leadership, interpersonal and problem solving skills, in addition to the more specialist clinical elements, which this course supports.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Part Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per Year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each section.

Entry requirements

You will need to be a registered paramedic to enrol on this course.

1. Award sought, with entry to the course at level three:

  • You must have experience of, or be working in an area that will enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the course.
  • You must have 240 credits (of which not less than 100 credits are at level two or above) in a related area or equivalent through the faculty A(E)L processes. If you are a paramedic who qualified with a recognised Foundation Degree or Diploma, you will automatically be given 240 credits.

2. Accelerated route to enter at level three:

If you are a registered paramedic who are seeking the award and wish to study the course, without appropriate academic experience, you must successfully complete the Accelerated Learning for Professionals module (UZTS76-20-2).

Through an individual application to the programme leader, it will be acknowledged that you will have the equivalent of 240 credits once the above criteria has been achieved in addition to providing evidence of your registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

In addition, you must have experience of, or be working in, an area that will enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

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