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Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)

What is Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)?

Please note – applications to start in January 2023 are closed, but you can apply now to start in January 2024.

Start your career as a Paramedic in a challenging and rewarding programme developed in partnership with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). If you’re looking for an exhilarating and rewarding career as a Paramedic working at the frontline of healthcare, our Paramedic Science degree will equip you with the tools and experience you need to be successful.

You’ll not only develop essential academic and practical abilities, but will also gain wide experience and knowledge of a variety of contemporary healthcare contexts, as you prepare. The course is fully approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which enables graduates to apply for HCPC registration as a paramedic.

Study style

We developed our curriculum in partnership with key Gloucestershire healthcare organisations and service users – making sure to include the right mix of classroom and experiential learning. You’ll build both your medical knowledge and patient care experience, preparing you to make life-saving interventions in unpredictable and pressurised situations and environments.

You’ll use ultra-realistic Lifecast body simulation manikins, helping to prepare you for both the emotional and physical challenges you’ll face in treating patients of all ages. We’re the first UK university paramedic programme with a SynDaver anatomy model – allowing you to familiarise yourself with the look and feel of live human tissues and organs as you work with the most accurate and lifelike synthetic replication of human anatomy available.

We’re also one of only a few UK courses to use the state-of-the-art iSimulate Realiti defibrillator and ECG simulation systems in combination with Video Enhanced Observation (VEO).

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Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels with one subject preferably in a science, DMM at BTEC to include 6 units in a Science or Health Science subject, 2:2 or above in a previous degree, or a Merit in your T-Level in a science or health-related subject.

      Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a health or science based subject. Applicants are required to meet 112 tariff points (example of achieving this would be 24 distinctions and 15 merits and 6 passes or 21D, 18M and 6P).

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out the Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • You must have a minimum of five subjects at GCSE grade 4/C or above, to include English and Mathematics, or equivalent.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • All applicants are required to evidence the ability to drive as part of clearances.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • If English is not your first language, you are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of proficiency. This needs to be at Academic IELTS at 7.0 with no element below 6.5 in all sections of the test.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire. Students applying for this course may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which provides a non-repayable training grant of £5,000 per academic year, plus an additional £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility. An additional £1,000 allowance is available for students studying a specialist subject. Contact our Money Advice Team for further information.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Jan 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester B952 £9,250 £15,450
Jan 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester B952 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can apply to register as a paramedic with the HCPC and pursue a career as a paramedic within NHS or private ambulance services.

Graduates could also pursue careers in other NHS and private healthcare settings – such as minor injuries units, health surgeries and emergency care teams. With a qualification recognised in many countries around the world, graduates may even be able to work in overseas healthcare settings (subject to their right to work).

Industry links

You’ll be inspired by experienced paramedics and other health care professionals in practice settings, drawing on their professional expertise as you work alongside them to face a variety of real-world challenges. Taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities including simulated medical settings, you’ll learn from accomplished lecturers with extensive knowledge of the pre-hospital care field.

Learn the latest techniques

Developed for modern paramedic practice, the course equips you with the very latest techniques and knowledge and uses cutting-edge technology not found on most other paramedic science programmes.

Develop essential skills

You’ll be able to test and hone your initiative, leadership qualities and communication skills as you progress through the course.

Get the support you need

We’ll support you to be able to work safely, effectively and ethically in a demanding profession – in which you’ll make a significant difference in people’s lives at their times of greatest need.

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