BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Paramedic Science

UCAS codeB900

full time3yrs

Practical learning preparing you for the real world

Course Overview

Why take this course?

After several years delivering a successful FdSc Paramedic Science programme we are now recruiting to our BSc Paramedic Science Degree.

This course focuses on developing competent, skilled paramedic practitioners. Work-based learning is a key component and you’ll develop practical skills first in safe, simulated teaching environments, before being supervised in using these skills in practice.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.


For further health information, please see our additional health information page.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Undergo simulated training tasks before putting your learning into action during your clinical placement
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with real patients in a number of healthcare settings
  • Work under supervision and receive mentoring from experienced practitioners

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a full time course endorsed by the College of Paramedics our curriculum reflects the latest professional guidance providing you with the opportunity to become a competent, skilled practitioner. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a paramedic.


Liz Hurrell, FdSc Paramedic Science student

The practical elements of the course mean we get a very 'hands-on' experience.

Liz Hurrell, FdSc Paramedic Science student


Health Sciences and Social Work

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • The clinical and real-life learning approach that will equip you for your chosen career
  • Our simulated environments that mean you’ll gain and practise the skills you’ll need before entering the workplace 
  • Approachable lecturers, many of whom are teacher practitioners

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In your first year you will be introduced to the physical, communicative and research aspects of clinical practice. You’ll also begin your training in the profession-specific skills you will need for placement.

Core units in this year include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
  • Fundamentals of Physical and Biomedical Sciences
  • Foundations of Professional Practice

Year two

In your second year you will develop essential patient management skills and effective response procedures for emergency situations. You’ll also put together your own professional portfolio, gathering evidence from the whole course that demonstrates the outcomes required by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Core units in this year include:

  • Research Methods
  • Acute Pre-hospital Care
  • Patient Assessment
  • Improving Standards of Care
  • Applied Professional Practice

Year three

In your third year you will consolidate your skills and undertake a research project in an area related to your professional practice. You’ll also put together your own professional portfolio, gathering evidence from the whole course that demonstrates the outcomes required by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Core units in this year include:

  • Pathology and Therapeutics for Paramedics
  • Assessment and Care of the Older Adult
  • Research Project
  • Enhancing Professional Practice

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Face-to-face learning via lectures, seminars and practical work will make up the majority of your campus-based learning. However, you will also be expected to apply the theoretical and practical components of the course to your clinical placements.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 43% studying independently and 40% on work placement
  • Year two students: 11% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 47% studying independently and 42% on work placement
  • Year three students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 69% studying independently and 14% on work placement


There is a varied blend of assessment methods as well as a dissertation that can be subject-specific to follow the direction of your career. Here’s how we assess you:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • assignments
  • projects
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 42% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 58% by coursework
  • Year two students: 0% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 87% by coursework
  • Year three students: 0% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Tutor's view


Andy Jones
Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Practice

Our student paramedics are supported by an experienced teaching team, all of which are registered healthcare professionals and have their own specialist areas of interest and research. You will benefit from access to modern clinical simulation facilities and enjoy good support from frontline staff during your clinical placements with the Ambulance Service and NHS hospitals.

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Facilities & Features

Centre for Simulation in Health and Care

Our aim is to enhance your learning and experiences through the use of innovative technologies. You’ll practise profession-specific skills on medical mannequins and experience clinical situations in a safe and supportive environment. The Centre is used to simulate real-life scenarios – a great way to prepare you for the real thing during placement.

Specialist Training

You will be part of the next generation of healthcare professionals so it’s important you get to practise your skills and gain relevant experience first-hand. You’ll be taking part in realistic clinical scenarios using state-of-the-art facilities. Act out examinations and treatments using our bedded ward or our high-fidelity patient simulator. This is also a great way to assess your professional development.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

Initial uniform is provided free of charge. Extra or replacement uniform (not due to fair wear and tear) can range between £20 - £250.

We recommend you allow around £50 for the purchase of essential clinical guidelines.

You will be expected to pay travel costs to and from your placements. The NHS may meet some of the costs incurred

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Graduate paramedic employment prospects remain healthy, particularly in the local area, and in recent years paramedics have been employed in a variety of roles in the public and private sector. If you are already a paramedic support worker in a healthcare setting, this could be a great next step in your career. Upon successful completion of the course you will be eligable to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for professional registration as a paramedic. Alternatively, some of our graduates look to complete a programme of further study through one of our other courses in the healthcare subject area.

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Approximately half of your time will be spent in practice placements, supported by clinical mentors and other Registered Healthcare Professionals. Practice placements will include a variety of frontline ambulance service, hospital and community settings. The advice you will receive from your mentors and the real-life experiences you’ll encounter is the best possible preparation for the paramedic profession.

The very nature of ambulance service delivery means that practice placements are spread over a wide geographical area. You’re normally allocated to a specific area, but will be required to travel to and from your clinical placements. However, it should be mentioned that you will need to arrange this travel yourself.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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