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Paramedic Science

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Allied Health Professions
Three years
Programme leader:
Sarah Todd
Key fact:
Offered as a unique collaboration with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a paramedic with the HCPC.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science?

Paramedics are multi-skilled professionals who work as part of frontline NHS ambulance teams responding to acute medical or traumatic emergencies. It is a physically and mentally demanding role involving the administration of emergency treatment and life-saving procedures in challenging conditions. The course will give you the knowledge and professional skills to meet the increasing requirement for ambulance services to provide a wider range of treatment options in an expanding role within the emergency and unplanned care environment.

Why study our course?

Offered as a unique collaboration with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to registration as a paramedic with the HCPC. As well as learning the theory of paramedic practice and studying the subjects that underpin it, you will develop strong inter-professional and interpersonal skills, along with the problem-solving and decision-making skills required to deliver safe and effective care. With fully integrated work-based training and outstanding onsite facilities, our innovative and expansive curriculum is taught by a dynamic, supportive team with a depth of experience as practicing paramedics.

Real-world experience

Incorporating evidence-based learning and extensive use of simulation and role-play, the course provides close integration of academic study with clinical practical experience. Half your time will be spent on placements in a variety of clinical settings working with paramedics and other healthcare professionals in the NHS ambulance service and acute hospitals. In the second year you will undertake a placement with the Hazardous Area Response Team and train alongside student nurses and trainee fire-fighters to build strong inter-professional skills.

Where it can take you

Paramedics are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting career opportunities in a variety of emergency and urgent care roles. There are a number of specialist paramedic positions that you will be able to consider after graduation, including paramedic practitioner and critical care paramedic.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Evidence-based Paramedic Practice and Advancing Paramedic Practice are important modules of the course. As a new profession, it is recognised that the paramedic and the field of paramedic science suffers from a paucity of practitioner-based enquiry and research. This is seen as essential for the future professional development of the individual paramedic and for the paramedic profession. It will be important for you to learn not only what to do and when to do it, but also understand why you would apply a specific treatment.

Each year of the course has a practice module in which you will apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired at UWE Bristol to clinical practice with the emergency ambulance service.

The course is delivered over 40 weeks per year, of which 20 weeks are in placement. The course is underpinned by the 2014 College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidelines.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Interpersonal skills for Paramedics
  • Principles of Pre-hospital Emergency Care
  • Life Sciences for Paramedics
  • Medical Conditions Emergency Care 
  • Trauma Emergency Care 
  • Foundations of Paramedic Practice

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Psycho-Social Aspects of Paramedic Practice
  • Evidence-based Paramedic Practice
  • Pre-hospital Emergency Care of the Child
  • Emergency Care of the Elderly
  • Advanced Life Support Skills
  • Paramedic Practice 1

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary Paramedic Practice
  • Major Incident Clinical Care
  • Applied Paramedic Pharmacology
  • Advancing Paramedic Practice Dissertation
  • Paramedic Practice 2

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

In addition to lectures, a blended variety of teaching and learning methods are involved in the course delivery, including discussion groups, seminars, workshops and skills teaching with demonstration and instruction. Problem-based learning will be developed through the use of simulations and role play in prepared medical and trauma scenarios.

Independent reading and learning will be encouraged and there will also be some student-led activities. You will be expected to discuss and evaluate cases seen in practice, reflecting on your own and others' management of a given situation. These case studies will be the focus of discussion, in which differing clinical interventions will be analysed.

The course will be taught within a evidence and/or research-based framework utilising current clinical guidelines and best practice where appropriate. Your learning will be supported in practice by qualified placement educators. As your mentors, they will encourage you to reflect upon practice and will supervise your clinical practice.

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


You will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills; these include coursework, case studies, online exams and group work, along with placement assessment, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and structured oral and practical examinations (SOPE).

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


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to registration as a paramedic with the HCPC.


You will spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the real world. We have excellent links with leading employers throughout the South West and placements are in emergency and unplanned care environments including the South Western Ambulance Service, emergency departments in most of the major hospitals, operating theatres, obstetric units, children's units and community mental health and primary care teams. During the course, you will be given a placement opportunity with the Hazardous Area Response Team. This range of placement experiences will help you make informed career choices and put you in a strong position for future employment.

Study facilities

Learning and teaching 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 will provide you with excellent opportunities for the demonstration and practice of professional competencies.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Professional body for paramedics

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


Careers / Further study

Paramedics are in demand across the UK and there are many exciting career opportunities in a variety of emergency and urgent care roles. Successful completion of the course will allow you to practice as a paramedic in a range of emergency and urgent care environments in both the NHS and private healthcare sectors. Most graduates enter paramedic roles in the emergency ambulance service and there are a number of specialist opportunities available after gaining experience, including paramedic practitioner or critical care paramedic.

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.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year600
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

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

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, to include English Language, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you must have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall. Full details of this language test can be obtained from the British Council. Please note the University's published list of alternative English Language qualifications does not apply to this course.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in a Science or Social Science subject. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Subjects that meet the science/social science requirement for this course: Biology, Applied Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology: Environmental Science, Geography, Geographical Science, Geology, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Applied Science, Science (Biology route), Science (Chemistry route), Science (Physics route), Science in Society, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education, Sports Studies.

    For further information and advice on acceptable science/social science subjects, please email Admissions@uwe.ac.uk

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: To include six units in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at distinction in a Science or Social Science subject and 15 Level 3 credits at merit in another subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum grade of 6 in a higher level Science or Social Science subject.

Entry requirements

We have a limited number of places available for international students.

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study or work experience within the last three years. If you are unable to offer the above, you will be assessed on an individual basis, using evidence of accreditation and/or experiential learning (A(E)L).

We frequently accept the completion of further or adult education courses as an appropriate entry qualification. Completing an Access or Foundation course may be a good move if you have been away from formal education for a number of years.

Recruitment for this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework. The purpose of this framework is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Health assessment/declaration/vaccinations. You must be in good health and be up-to-date with your routine immunisations e.g. tetanus, diphtheria, polio and MMR. If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases and immunisations (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date this will affect your ability to continue on the course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

Disclosure of criminal background - The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection Event - If shortlisted, you will be invited to a selection event where you will undertake a number of scenario stations where you will answer questions related to your values, experience, interpersonal skills, care and compassion. On successful completion of all these criteria, you will be offered a place.

Completing the application form - We will be looking for applicants committed to a career in Paramedic Science. You should clearly demonstrate your commitment to the course in the 'personal statement' section. This should include any relevant work experience and skills that you have gained to date.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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