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Course summary

Offered in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust, the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science degree offers you the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic. Your transformation into a paramedic practitioner will develop over this three-year programme with the guidance of experts in multiple fields of medical practice and international medicine. The modules focus on building your intellectual skills and capabilities, clinical judgement skills, and confidence in performing the clinical skills and assessments required of you as a paramedic in a safe, capable and competent way. As a paramedic, no two days will be the same. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will work to prepare you to assess, evaluate, diagnose and manage the clinical and personal needs of patients of all ages, taking into account the situation and environmental conditions. You’ll gain experience of safe and timely care and transport of critically ill patients while under emergency (blue lights) as well as non-life-threatening conditions. You'll learn the fundamentals of equipping, maintaining and operating in emergency ambulances and rapid response vehicles. We’ll support you to become an effective, capable clinician who can respond to and manage a wide spectrum of emergency and non-emergency situations. These may range from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest and multi-system traumas, through minor illnesses and injury, to chronic conditions and psychological and mental health events. Your studies will be split between practice and theory. Each year, 600 hours of your time will be centred in practice learning experience with NWAS and other local health care providers, learning the realities of life as a paramedic. You’ll dedicate a further 900 hours per year to your theory studies at the University, complementing and enhancing your learning in the workplace. We’ll guide you as you learn to resuscitate, stabilise, treat and assess patients using sophisticated techniques, equipment and drugs. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in our cutting-edge Clinical Simulation Area and Suites, where you can learn techniques and practice using equipment in a safe and controlled environment. Your practice learning experience with NWAS will then build on these skills in the field. Some of the topics you’ll study are out-of-hospital urgent care, trauma management, mental health, chronic conditions, pharmacology, social needs and maternal and obstetric emergencies. If the thought of helping people in these dynamic circumstances gets your blood rushing, then this is the course for you. While developing your clinical knowledge and skills, this course will help build your leadership abilities, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, adaptability, confidence and resilience, preparing you to shoulder the decision-making responsibilities demanded by this healthcare profession. As a paramedic, you’ll need to work with a high level of autonomy in often unpredictable and emergency situations. In addition to your patients, you’ll interact with and support relatives, friends and members of the public. You’ll also need to appreciate and respect the input and remit of a wide range of other healthcare professionals and emergency services such as the Police, Fire and Rescue Services as well as other Emergency Medical Technicians (MDTs). Importantly, you’ll also need to take care of yourself and ensure your own wellbeing and safety while having the comfort of knowing you will always have support from the Univerisity of Bolton through any challenges you have on this course. We’ll support you as you develop essential interpersonal and team working skills, along with vital decision-making and leadership qualities and the ability to remain calm and reassuring under stressful and potentially traumatic situations.


Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Professional bodies

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

  • Health and Care Professions Council

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please note this course is not open to International applicants.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) these must include English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents. If you have experience in a relevant field this may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. You don't need prior experience working in healthcare, but you must have a passion for caring for others. You’ll need to provide evidence of study in the last five years, professional development or work experience, as well as demonstrate an understanding of healthcare professional standards, paramedic practice and patient care delivery in the pre-hospital setting. Depending on the evidence provided, each aspect will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We work with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust. Should your application be successful and you choose to take up our offer of a place, then please note that your practice learning will be subject to rotation to ensure you can gain an appropriate range of experience.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



To train as a student paramedic, you'll need to have a clean, full, manual driving licence by the start date of the course. You'll need to be 18 years of age by the start date of the course. You’ll also need to acquire your category C1 /D1 licence by the time you complete the course. Please note that consideration will be given due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT)

Applicants are expected to complete a literacy test and two numeracy tests.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Group work activity and presentation. Applicants will be expected to take part in a group activity with other applicants.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Paramedic Science at University of Bolton - UCAS