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Paramedic Science

If you wish to study with us from February or April 2020, please see the 2019/20 course page for more information.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Allied Health Professions
Three years; October, March and April intakes
Distance Learning
Programme leader:
Mr Julian Simpson
Key fact:
Study modern paramedic theory and develop vital skills on this Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved course. You can study while you work and you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a paramedic.

Page last updated 9 October 2019


Why study paramedic science?

Paramedics respond to acute medical or traumatic emergencies as part of frontline NHS ambulance teams.

It's physically and mentally demanding work, and involves delivering emergency treatment and life-saving procedures in challenging conditions. 

With ambulance services now providing an increasing number of treatments, there's a growing need for skilled paramedics who can respond to the changing demands of the role.

Why UWE Bristol?

If you work in the emergency ambulance service, our DipHE Paramedic Science, approved by the HCPC, is a way to take your career to the next level and become a qualified paramedic.

You'll gain the knowledge and skills to progress and thrive in expanding paramedic roles, in both emergency and unplanned care environments.

Explore the theory of paramedic practice and the subjects that underpin it, working with our supportive and experienced team.

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

Learn through various learning methods, role-play and simulations in our specialist facilities.

Take a look at one of our recent scenario days at Glenside campus.

Study alongside your work, and apply what you've learnt on placements.

You'll spend half the course working with paramedics and healthcare professionals in the ambulance service and acute hospitals.

Where can it take me?

When you graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a paramedic with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You'll have the broader knowledge, skills base and qualification you need to advance your career.

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Science
  • The Essentials of Prehospital Emergency Practice
  • Communication Skills for Paramedic Science
  • Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice (module concludes in year two).

Year two

You will study:

  • Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making
  • Psychosocial Studies for Paramedic Science
  • Emergency Care of the Older Adult
  • Paramedic Clinical Practice (module concludes in year three).

Final year

You will study:

  • Prehospital Emergency Care of the Child and Adolescent
  • Contemporary Paramedic Clinical Practice
  • Research and Evidence Based 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

You'll learn through a mix of face-to-face teaching and our online learning environment.

The online content means you can study at a time and location that suits you, and stay in regular contact with tutors and other students online.

Most modules start with technology-based activities, such as video-lecture captures, online interactive lectures, problem-based scenarios, case-based learning, directed reading, electronic journals, e-books and quizzes.

You'll also come onsite to attend lectures, discussion groups, seminars, workshops, skills classes with demonstration and instruction, simulations and role play activities.

As well as coming to university to develop your clinical skills, you'll study independently on the theory parts of the course.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You'll attend UWE Bristol for 20-25 days at each level of study. This equates to around four or five days per module, enabling you to study alongside your work.

You'll complete at least 750 hours of supervised practice placements each year.


You'll be assessed using a mix of essays, posters, presentations, written and electronic examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

In Year one, you'll study reflective models and do assignments to reflect on your interpersonal skills, clinical decision-making and basic patient assessments. Unseen examination assessments will test your knowledge of anatomy and physiology. We'll assess your paramedic clinical practice using a placement portfolio.

In Year two, we'll look at your critical thinking and clinical reasoning in assignments. We'll get you to think about your future role as a paramedic mentor by developing teaching packs for level one students. Your advanced clinical interventions will be assessed through OSCEs.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


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 go on placements with the NHS ambulance service, responding to emergency calls in the community, as well as clinical placements in acute hospital settings.

Experience how paramedics deal with the full range of medical and traumatic conditions resulting from the 999 system.

Develop your confidence as an autonomous paramedic and learn to respond to a range of urgent and emergency care situations.

Develop your awareness of specialist clinical conditions and areas such as:

  • airway management
  • childbirth
  • assessment and management of injury and illness affecting adults, children and young people.

Spend a week in each of the Children's Emergency Department or Acute Assessment Unit; Central Delivery Suite or Birthing Unit; and Adult Emergency Department Operating Theatre or Operating Department.

Study facilities

Make use of specialist learning facilities including extensive online library resources, with electronic materials, books, databases, videos and key publications such as the Journal of Paramedic Practice and Emergency Medicine Journal.

Gain in confidence and experience through emergency response and urgent care simulations and role-play, using our dedicated ambulances, garage area and simulated home.

Develop your study skills, including essay writing and referencing, in our library and via our interactive study skills portal.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

As a graduate of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a paramedic.

You'll have the broader knowledge, skills and qualification to apply for paramedic jobs and progress your career.

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.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

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.


Entry requirements

  • GCSE subjects: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or an equivalent functional skills award.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language isn't English, you need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall, with at least 6.5 in any section (or equivalent).

  • You must be employed in The South Western Ambulance Service in a role that requires you to attend to the acutely sick and injured.

    If you are employed by the Ambulance Service, you can gain entry on to the course through one of the following two routes:

    1. If you have completed and achieved the Emergency Care Assistant award or the IHCD/Edexcel Ambulance Technician award and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in that role and meet the learning outcomes of the Accelerated Learning for Professional module UZTS75-20-1 or equivalent, you will receive accreditation for prior certificated and experiential learning for the level one modules (UZYRN4-15-1: The Essentials of Prehospital Emergency Practice, UZYRMW-30-1: Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Science, UZYRMX-15-1: Communication Skills for Paramedic Science and UZYRMY-30-1: Foundations of Paramedic Clinical Practice).
    2. If you have completed and achieved the Emergency Care Assistant award or the IHCD/Edexcel Ambulance Technician Award and have a minimum of one year experiential learning in that role, meeting the learning outcomes of the Accelerated Learning for Professional module UZTS75-20-1 or equivalent, you will receive accreditation for prior certificated and experiential learning for the level one module (UZYRN4-15-1: The Essentials of Prehospital Emergency Practice).

    Additional selection criteria

    • Confirmation from your employer that OH and DBS status is satisfactory (where this cannot be confirmed checking must be undertaken) is required.
    • If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview.
    • If you are a Prior Certificated Learning student wishing to transfer from another institution, you will be considered on an individual basis, provided you meet the course requirements and there is capacity available on it.

    The core values of the NHS Constitution are embedded throughout the course and within its recruitment process.

    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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