BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science

Paramedic students practicing in a mock scenario
Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Allied Health Professions
Three years; September and February intakes
Programme leader
Jedd Billing

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2020

If you would like to join our February 2021 intake, applications can be submitted through UCAS from 8th September 2020. Please check back here for vacancy information.

Page last updated 15 July 2020


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.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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.

A £5,000 per year training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.

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



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.

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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:

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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.


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.

A £5,000 per year training grant is now available for students starting this course from September 2020. Further information is available on the NHS Business Services website.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2020. 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: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as 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 in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Relevant 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.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: Six units in a Science or Social Science subject. Please list the units you are studying in your application. For further advice on acceptable units, please email us.
  • Access: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in a Science or Social Science subject.
  • Baccalaureate IB: A minimum Grade 6 in a Higher Level Science or Social Science subject.

Entry requirements

Additional requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check*
  • health checks*.

You must be in good health and 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 your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

We require evidence of recent assessed academic study within the last three years.

Selection process

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Deferred entry

We do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Read more about entry requirements.

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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