What you’ll experience
- Practise your skills on medical manikins and simulated patients safely and under expert supervision in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, one of the country’s leading healthcare teaching environments
- Gain more than 1,500 hours of practical experience on placement with real paramedic teams and in clinical settings, including community medicine, emergency departments, minor injuries units, maternity and critical care
- Get expert support from a personal mentor within the Ambulance Service
- Receive an induction, full uniform and PPE (personal protective equipment) from the NHS Trust you're assigned to
Become eligible to register as a paramedic with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) when you graduate
Work experience and career planning
As the first healthcare providers on the scene in an emergency, paramedics have to take rapid action to save lives, often working alongside other first response teams like the police and the fire service.
A career as a paramedic is fast-paced and demanding, but also incredibly rewarding. As ambulance call-outs continue to rise, paramedics are needed in ambulance trusts nationwide – there were 783,050 incidents in June 2021, 80,000 more than in the same month two years ago.
Delivering frontline care when it's needed most
On this Paramedic Science degree, you’ll master the complexities of acute pre-hospital care, and learn to assess patients and treat patients using life-saving equipment safely and effectively.
At the end of the course, you'll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a qualified paramedic in the public or private sector.
As a paramedic in the NHS in 2021, you'd begin your career on a Band 5 salary of £25,655 to £31,534, before moving up to Band 6 after two years in your role, which ranges from £32,306 to £39,027.
With more experience you could progress to become a consultant paramedic, making up to £75,874 (Band 8c).
Once you graduate, you’ll also be prepared for jobs in clinical settings like telephone triage services, helicopter emergency medical services, with ambulance trusts, or in special operations response.
Where could you work as a paramedic?
Many graduates work in ambulance trusts – recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
- South Central Ambulance Service
- London Ambulance Service
- South Western Ambulance Service Trust
- East of England Ambulance Service
- Welsh Ambulance Service
- North East Ambulance Service
What else can I do with a Paramedic Science degree?
You could also work in clinical settings such as:
- GP surgeries
- Primary and secondary healthcare
- Telephone triage services (such as NHS 111)
- Helicopter emergency services
- Special operations response
You can also continue your study at postgraduate level or take on a career in teaching, research or clinical management.
Ongoing careers support
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical work
- clinical placements
There's an emphasis on applying theoretical and practical components to clinical placements, so you're well prepared for your future career.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- tests (academic or practical/skills based)
- academic written work/portfolios
- objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- Year 1 students: 42% by written exams and 58% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
This course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Paramedics.
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Core modules in this year include:
- Core Skills Training Framework – 0 credits
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits
- Foundations of Paramedic Professional Practice – 40 credits
- Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice – 20 credits
- Paramedic Science Tutorials – 0 credits
- Science Informing Practice – 40 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
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- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
DisciplinesHuman Medicine Health Sciences View 537 other Bachelors in Human Medicine in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A levels – BBB
- UCAS points – 120 points to include 32 points from an A level in a single Science subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
- International Baccalaureate – 26
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National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
This course isn't currently open to International and EU students.
Living costs for Portsmouth
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.