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At Bournemouth University, we aim to ensure that you are able to fulfil the role of a modern-day paramedic- ready for an ever-changing and evolving workforce. As well as providing emergency care for critically ill patients, you will develop advanced assessment and decision-making skills so you can decide the appropriate referral method for less seriously unwell patients. Our three-year programme features an equal spilt of theory and practical elements and you will have access to simulation suites within the university- during both taught and student-managed learning sessions. In addition, there are opportunities to undertake training and exercises at external locations across the region. This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the College of Paramedics. As part of the degree you will undertake a 2,250 hours of practice over your three years course, so you’ll register as a qualified practitioner once you graduate. 95% of our final year students said staff are good at explaining things, so why not register to meet us at an Open Day to find out more about the course? All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
This course is a combination of theory and practice. The College of Paramedics and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require each student to complete 2,250 hours of practice over the course. Placements are achieved via shift-work where you will follow the shift pattern of your paramedic mentors, including night shifts, weekends and bank holidays.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
- Paramedics, College of
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How to apply
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15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 128 points||112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent, including 40 points in a required subject. Required subjects: A-Level: Biology, Human Biology, Physical Education, Health Sciences, Life Science, BTEC: Applied Science (depending on units, e.g. Biology, Psychology, Anatomy), Sport & Exercise Science, Health & Social Care (from 2016), Health & Social Care (Health Studies) (from 2016), C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Care.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||112 tariff points (Grade DMM) in a required subject|
|Access to HE Diploma||112 - 128 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades including 15 level 3 credits in a required subject.|
|Scottish Higher||112 - 128 tariff points from Scottish Highers, including 40 points in a required subject.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*||112 tariff points (Grade D*D*) in a required subject|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 - 32 points||30 - 32 points including grade H5 in a required subject.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.|
|Extended Project||Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DMM||112 tariff points (Grade DMM) in a required subject|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D*||112 tariff points (Grade D*D*) in a required subject|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.|
Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Occupational Health (OH) Checks This course is physically and mentally demanding and you will need to be mentally and physically able to undertake your chosen course. Places are offered subject to passing an OH check, and this will be carried out at the University Hospital Southampton. Health conditions need to be dealt with on an individual basis e.g. deafness, blindness, eczema (or other dermatological allergic reactions) on exposed areas, epilepsy, back problems, or mental health conditions, eating disorders and other disabilities. These do not automatically exclude you but please ensure that you fully disclose your condition to OH. The University can then consider the recommendations made by OH and whether reasonable adjustments can be made to support you on your chosen course. If you require more guidance please contact us for more information. You will be required to provide a record of your immunity status or be vaccinated or have the required blood tests. Please see this table for the required immunisations. You may need to ask your GP or current OH department or find your childhood vaccination record for details of your past immunisation records. You should be aware that there may be charges made (for which you will be liable) relating to your gaining the appropriate immunity required prior to starting your training programme.
Work experience Applicants should have at least six months work experience before applying for this course within an ambulance, first response, care or healthcare environment. We can consider work experience from other environments, for example, lifeguarding, St John Ambulance or Red Cross in addition to other experience, in certain circumstances.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|