Paramedic students practicing in a mock scenario


Paramedic Science

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2019

Applications for entry in February 2020 can be made via UCAS from September 2019.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Allied Health Professions
Three years; September and February intakes
Programme leader:
Jedd Billing
Key fact:
This course was jointly developed with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST). It's also approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration to work as a paramedic once you graduate.

Page last updated 14 August 2019


Why study paramedic science?

Paramedics are multi-skilled professionals who work as part of frontline NHS ambulance teams, responding to acute medical or traumatic emergencies.

It's a physically and mentally demanding role, where you'll work under pressure and administer emergency treatment and life-saving procedures in challenging conditions.

Talented paramedics with the skills to provide a wider range of treatments, in emergency and unplanned care settings, are in high demand across the health service.

Why UWE Bristol?

Developed with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration to work as a paramedic once you've graduated.

Work-based training in the emergency ambulance service and acute hospital trusts is built-in, and simulation and role-play in specialist onsite facilities help to build your skills and prepare you for working in the field.

Develop the interpersonal skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills you'll need to deliver safe and effective patient care.

Spend half your time on placements in the NHS ambulance service, acute hospitals and with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). Learn from paramedics and other healthcare professionals as well as training with student nurses and trainee fire-fighters to build your interpersonal skills.

Explore the theory of paramedic practice and the subjects that underpin it, working with highly supportive academics who are all registered paramedics. Half the team have worked as specialist paramedics in urgent and critical care and you'll have a named mentor to guide you through your three years as a student.

Where can it take me?

Paramedics are in demand across the UK and there are exciting career options in both emergency and urgent care teams.

After gaining experience, you could specialise further, and become a paramedic practitioner or critical care paramedic.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

  • 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:

  • 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:

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

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

You'll learn through a mix of lectures, scenarios, discussion groups, seminars, workshops, student-led activities and skills teaching with demonstrations. Drawing on the latest evidence, research and best practice in the field, this course is underpinned by the 2017 College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidelines and is endorsed by the College.

Discuss and evaluate real cases, reflecting on your own and others' management of different situations, and analysing different clinical interventions.

Develop your problem-based learning through simulations and role play in prepared medical and trauma scenarios.

Take a look at one of our recent Scenario Days at Glenside campus.

Apply your knowledge and skills on clinical placements with the emergency ambulance service, with support from qualified placement educators. They'll encourage you to reflect on your practice and supervise your work.

Being aware of the latest developments is essential to your professional development. You'll learn what to do and when to do it, as well as understanding the rationale for different treatments.

We'll encourage you to read around the subject, and develop as an independent, reflective learner.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Study time

The course runs for 40 weeks, 21 of which you'll be on placement.


We'll use different assessments to gauge your knowledge and skills, including coursework, case studies, online exams, group work, placement assessment, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and structured oral and practical examinations (SOPE).

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different assessment methods, each year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), so you will be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with them when you graduate.


You'll spend half the course applying your knowledge and building professional skills in the workplace.

We have excellent links with the top employers in the South West, and you'll go on placements in both emergency and unplanned care environments.

You could work with the South Western Ambulance Service, in a hospital emergency department, operating theatre, obstetric unit, children's unit, or community mental health or primary care team.

You'll also get to work with the hazardous area response team.

The range of placement experiences will help you make informed career choices and put you in a strong position for employment.

Study facilities

Benefit from specialist learning and teaching facilities at Glenside, including one of the best healthcare libraries in the country.

Tap into a huge selection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software, to support your studies.

The course has a practical focus, and you'll get to practise and hone your professional skills in our advanced Skills Simulation Suite.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Paramedics are in demand across the UK and there are lots of interesting career paths.

Most graduates go into paramedic roles in the emergency ambulance service. You could work in the NHS or private healthcare sector, in an emergency or urgent care team.

After gaining experience, you could specialise further and become a paramedic practitioner or critical care paramedic.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year630
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, a minimum of five subjects at Grade C/4 or above 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 isn't English, you need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall. For full details of the language test, contact the British Council. The University's list of alternative English Language qualifications doesn't apply.

  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in a science or social science subject. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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

  • 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. We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement and download our health and social care personal statement guide.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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