Paramedic Science at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS

Course summary

The work of a paramedic is vital rewarding and expanding with increasing emphasis on clinical decision-making skills. It is the ideal career for you if you are looking for a central varied role in medical care and thrive under pressure. This dynamic course takes you beyond the old perception of the paramedic called out purely for life-threatening situations. It develops your clinical knowledge and confidence equipping you with the skills needed for emergency and unscheduled care and ensuring you meet the requirements of the modern ambulance service and expanding paramedic role. Taking you from novice to expert over three years of study the course uses a blended approach to learning ensuring theory clearly meets with practice. Each year you undertake 750 hours of placement learning spending around 50% of your time in supervised supported practice so you experience the full 24-hour working pattern. The course has been developed in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service. It is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and on successful course completion leads to eligibility to register as a paramedic. Why choose this course?

  • Study a course at the cutting edge of paramedic science developed in partnership with a Trust serving six million people over 7500 square miles
  • Gain simulated and real-life supervised experience of the situations you will attend as a qualified paramedic
  • Due to professional standards and regulatory requirements our course groups are small so you are able to build supportive relationships with other students and your academic team
  • Learn to work as part of the wider healthcare team in the modern pre-hospital world
  • Develop your clinical reasoning and critical thinking as well as your leadership skills
  • Explore service improvement with your final-year research project and present your findings at an annual conference
  • Our employment rate is high: 95% of our professional course students are employed in their chosen profession
  • On completion of the course you can move into a career within the ambulance service or in one of the new roles now being offered to paramedics in the community and other areas of the NHS
  • You will also receive at least £5,000 a year, with further funding available for eligible students with the NHS bursary
The NHS Constitution brings together details of what staff patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It sets out the principles and values that guide how the NHS should act and make decisions. The NHS Constitution states that the NHS 'aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism'. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their understanding and application of these values throughout the selection process. Additional information The Department of Health and Social Care in England has announced that all NHS Staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to work in roles that involve face-to-face contact with service users. This rule comes into effect from 1st April 2022 and includes healthcare students. All applicants need to provide evidence to our Occupational Health provider that they have received a full course of Covid-19 vaccination prior to commencing the course. If the applicant is exempt on medical grounds or because they have been involved in a clinical trial, or are under the age of 18 years of age, their ability to complete the course may be compromised. These cases will be reviewed by our Occupational Health provider to determine if reasonable adjustments to placement allocations can be made. If reasonable adjustments are not possible due to the ruling, or if an applicant declines to being vaccinated, they will be unable to meet the NMC/HCPC proficiencies for the course as they will be unable to complete placements in Care Quality Commission regulated settings, for example, the NHS or care homes.


Areas of study may include:

  • Patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Trauma management
  • Professional issues and ethical dilemmas
  • Mental health care for paramedics
  • Obstetric and neonatal care for paramedics
Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate at the point of publication on the UCAS website. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Mathematics, English and Science Applicants should have a full driving licence at point of interview as you will need to gain your C1 driving licence during the course. NVQ Level 3 and A-Level General Studies will not be accepted. We are happy to consider applicants with alternative qualifications and/or work experience. If you would like to check if your qualifications will be accepted please contact the Admissions Team.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Full driving licence

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

For information on the 2023 fees please refer to our website,
Paramedic Science at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS